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Yen weak following Japan's decision to delay sales tax rise

November 19, 2014 - 08:59
The yen weakened against major currencies during Asian trading Wednesday as share prices firmed following Tuesday's decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to put off an unpopular increase in the sales tax and call a snap election. (
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New condo supply slips in Tokyo area down 10.9%

November 18, 2014 - 22:00
The number of new condominiums put up for sale in the greater Tokyo area in October fell 10.9 percent from a year before to 3,125 units, down for the ninth consecutive month, the Real Estate Economic Institute said Monday. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei posts biggest gain in 2 weeks as market awaits word on vote, tax

November 18, 2014 - 09:09
Japanese stocks had their biggest gain in two weeks on Tuesday as investors waited to see if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will call a snap election and consider fresh steps to support the economy after it slipped into recession in the third quarter. (
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Yen recovers in London after shock Japan GDP slide

November 18, 2014 - 09:08
The yen recovered from seven-year lows against the dollar on Monday but remained under pressure having sunk across the board after shock data showed Japan's economy slipping back into recession. (
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Abe, Aso agree on postponing sales tax hike

November 17, 2014 - 21:57
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso have agreed to postpone a planned consumption tax hike in the wake of worse-than-expected GDP figures. (NHK)
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Tokyo shares skid as Japan slips into recession

November 17, 2014 - 09:44
Japanese stocks marked their biggest daily drop since August on Monday, helping the yen rebound from a fresh seven-year low against the dollar touched after news Japan unexpectedly fell into recession in the third quarter. (Reuters)
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Japan's economy dips into recession

November 17, 2014 - 03:21
Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank for the second consecutive quarter, marking a technical recession in the world's third largest economy. (BBC)
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Japan winter bonus up 5.78 percent

November 14, 2014 - 22:29
The average winter bonus at major companies this year rose 5.78 percent from a year before, a survey by the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, showed Thursday. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei gains for fourth straight day, closes near 7-year high

November 14, 2014 - 08:25
Japanese stocks gained on Friday to close near a seven-year intraday high amid choppy trade ahead of Monday's third quarter GDP figures. (Reuters)
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BOJ policy board members' blues

November 13, 2014 - 22:17
Ryuzo Miyao, a Bank of Japan policy board member, asserted in a speech Wednesday that the central bank carefully considered the expected benefits, concerned costs and risks before introducing additional yen-printing measures on Halloween. (Nikkei)
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4 of 9 govt advisers against planned tax hike in 2nd hearing

November 13, 2014 - 21:34
The Japanese government held a second hearing Thursday on a consumption tax hike planned for October 2015, with four of the nine participating advisers expressing opposition to the plan. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei turns up on report Abe moving to call election

November 13, 2014 - 10:03
Japanese stocks rose on Thursday afternoon as investors lapped up a media report that said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to have decided to call an early election amid mounting expectations he would postpone a planned sales tax hike. (
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ASEAN vows to promote integration even beyond 2015

November 12, 2014 - 23:13
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed Wednesday to advance integration for further development even after establishing a more integrated ASEAN Community next year, with ASEAN chair Myanmar calling for a "rules-based and norm-based ASEAN." (Kyodo)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.43pc at fresh seven-year high

November 12, 2014 - 12:45
Tokyo stocks rose 0.43 percent on Wednesday as a weak yen and another record close on Wall Street helped pushed the Japanese market to a fresh seven-year high. (
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APEC leaders call for early regional trade zone

November 11, 2014 - 13:17
Leaders of the Asia-Pacific economies have called for the early establishment of a framework for regional free trade and investment. (NHK)
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Japan stocks rally as yen falls sharply

November 11, 2014 - 13:12
Japan stocks rallied on Tuesday, as the yen turned sharply lower against the greenback, while an unexpected surge in current account surplus in September also boosted the market. (
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Japan posts unexpectedly large current account surplus in September

November 11, 2014 - 06:45
Japan posted an unexpectedly large current account surplus in September, the third consecutive monthly surplus, as a weaker yen lifted the value of overseas investment income, despite continuing trade deficits. (Wall Street Journal)
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Japan to aim for corporate tax cut by 2.5 points: Miyazawa

November 10, 2014 - 22:39
Japan will aim to lower the effective corporate tax rate by at least 2.5 percentage points in fiscal 2015, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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TPP leaders issue statement, without target date

November 10, 2014 - 22:25
The leaders of 12 Pacific Rim countries have failed to set a target date to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. (NHK)
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Nikkei hits 1-week low as US jobs data lifts yen; NTT tumbles on profit cut

November 10, 2014 - 09:46
Japanese stocks retreated to a one-week low on Monday morning as the yen rebounded against the dollar after U.S. jobs data fell short of expectations, while Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp sold off heavily on a profit warning. (Reuters)
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