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Average monthly wage rises by over 2% for 1st time in decade

September 2, 2014 - 05:53
Average monthly pay for workers in Japan, including bonuses, rose 2.6 percent in July from a year earlier to 369,846 yen, marking a rise of 2 percent or more for the first time in a decade, the labor ministry said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Abe pledges 3.5-trillion-yen investments, loans to India

September 1, 2014 - 22:43
Japan will realize 3.5 trillion yen in investments and loans to India over the coming five years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged at a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Tokyo Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks rise 0.34 pct on Wall St. gains, weaker yen

September 1, 2014 - 08:04
Tokyo stocks rose 0.34 percent Monday as investor sentiment was encouraged by pre-weekend Wall Street gains and the yen's depreciation against the U.S. dollar. (
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Bad summer weather forcing consumers to pay more to eat their vegetables

August 31, 2014 - 12:45
Vegetable prices are soaring due to the summer's heavy rains and a lack of sunshine across the nation, making for poorer growing and harvesting conditions than in usual years. (Asahi)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.23pc

August 29, 2014 - 07:47
Tokyo stocks lost 0.23 percent Friday following a weak slate of Japanese data while investors were also spooked by renewed Ukraine-Russia tensions. (
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Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

August 29, 2014 - 02:42
Japan's vital signs remained weak in July, as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy. (
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Japan minimum hourly wage to rise by 16 yen in FY 2014

August 28, 2014 - 23:10
The minimum hourly wage in Japan for fiscal 2014 will increase by 16 yen from the previous year to 780 yen on average, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Corporate Japan issuing bonds at record-low rates

August 28, 2014 - 22:48
More Japanese companies are taking advantage of ultralow long-term interest rates to issue bonds carrying rock-bottom costs. (Nikkei)
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Topix drops to extend weekly decline on yen, steelmakers

August 28, 2014 - 06:59
Japanese shares fell, with the Topix (TPX) index extending its weekly loss, as the yen headed for a second day of gains and steel companies slid. (
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Nikkei ends up, gets lift from Wall St record

August 27, 2014 - 07:44
Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Wednesday after U.S. shares extended their gains and the S&P 500 closed above the 2,000 mark for the first time. (Reuters)
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Japan July services producer prices up 3.7 pct

August 26, 2014 - 23:17
Japan's services producer price index in July rose 3.7 pct from a year before, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Tourism emerges as new economic driver for Japan

August 26, 2014 - 07:58
With its contribution now rivaling that of the auto industry in at least one estimate, tourism is fast becoming a key focus of Japan's economic policy. (Japan Times)
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Nikkei falls in thin trade as weak yen trend pauses

August 26, 2014 - 07:50
Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday in thin trade as profit-taking accelerated in late trade after the weak yen trend paused, taking a toll on exporters and index-heavyweight stocks such as Honda Motor Co and SoftBank Corp. (Reuters)
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Japan to boost ID checks for opening bank accounts

August 25, 2014 - 23:37
Japan plans to require from as early as next fiscal year individuals wishing to open bank accounts to show photo identification in a move against money laundering. (Nikkei)
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Demand for Y1 coins slow despite sales tax hike

August 25, 2014 - 23:35
Demand for Y1 coins has remained sluggish despite an expected increase in demand after the consumption tax hike in April, as more and more people are using electronic payment systems. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei rebounds as exporters gain on weaker yen; insurers suffer

August 25, 2014 - 07:39
Tokyo stocks closed up 0.48 percent on Monday as investors welcomed the dollar's rise following US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen's defence of the central bank's monetary policy. (
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BOJ may keep easing in place for 'some time' to slay deflation: Kuroda

August 24, 2014 - 10:18
The Bank of Japan may have to pursue its aggressive monetary policy easing for "some time" to fully vanquish deflation, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Saturday. (Japan Times)
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BOJ's Kuroda sees pickup in global growth, Japanese exports

August 24, 2014 - 01:38
The Bank of Japan is sticking to its expectation of an improving domestic economy and gradually rising inflation fueled by its current policies, despite growing skepticism among private analysts about the health of the recovery and the adequacy of the central bank's efforts. (Wall Street Journal)
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Japan ends nine days of gains

August 22, 2014 - 23:50
Japan stocks closed lower on Friday, breaking a nine-session string of gains. (
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Nikkei gains for 9th consecutive trading day on dollar's rise

August 21, 2014 - 07:34
Tokyo stocks ended modestly higher on Thursday, with its benchmark Nikkei stock index rising for the ninth consecutive trading day bolstered by the U.S. dollar's rise to the upper 103 yen range. (
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