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Kuroda hints at additional BOJ easing to underpin economy

September 11, 2014 - 22:46
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Thursday amid increasing signs of headwinds in the face of efforts to revive the country's economy, with the central bank chief saying he would not hesitate to additionally ease monetary policy. (Kyodo)
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Nikkei rises to near 8-month high on weak yen

September 11, 2014 - 07:06
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a near eight-month high on Thursday morning as the weak yen lifted sentiment ahead of a meeting later in the day between the central bank governor and prime minister fuelled expectations for additional easing. (
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Japan, US to keep trying on TPP

September 10, 2014 - 23:07
Negotiators from Japan and the United States have once again walked away from trade talks empty-handed. But they will keep trying to reach an agreement on their part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. (NHK)
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Nikkei rises as yen plumbs 6-year lows

September 10, 2014 - 08:10
Japan's Nikkei share average closed higher on Wednesday, erasing earlier losses after the yen plumbed its weakest levels for six years against the dollar, which lifted exporters such as Honda Motor Co and Panasonic Corp. (
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BOJ's action could further weaken yen

September 9, 2014 - 23:11
The Bank of Japan bought government bonds with negative yields Tuesday in an apparent effort to demonstrate its commitment to large-scale monetary easing, which could further push down long rates and the value of the yen. (Nikkei)
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Nikkei rises as yen slips to 6-year low vs dollar; oil shares lag

September 9, 2014 - 07:28
Japanese stocks edged up on Tuesday after the yen dropped to a six-year low against the dollar, lifting exporters such as Honda Motor Co and Sony Corp, but weak crude oil prices weighed on energy shares. (Reuters)
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Dollar stays firm in lower 106 yen zone near 6-yr high amid U.S. optimism

September 9, 2014 - 05:09
The U.S. dollar stayed in the lower 106 yen zone in Tokyo on Tuesday morning, in the wake of its surge in New York overnight, to hover near its six-year high as a combination of statements by economic heavyweights convinced traders the Federal Reserve is on track to hike interest rates sooner than expected. (Nikkei)
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Nikkei rises as US jobs data signals low rates

September 8, 2014 - 07:52
Japanese stocks edged up on Monday in choppy trade as weaker-than-expected US jobs data spurred hopes that US interest rates will stay low, while Rakuten Inc tumbled on news of a deal to buy a US rebate site operator. (Economic Times)
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Japan economy suffers biggest setback in over 5 yrs

September 8, 2014 - 06:13
Japan's economy suffered its worst setback in more than five years in the second quarter of 2014, raising concern the April 1 sales tax hike has had a bigger impact on the economy than initially believed, government data showed Monday. (Kyodo)
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New welfare minister tasked with pension fund reform

September 7, 2014 - 00:16
Japan's new welfare minister tasked with reforming the country's 110 trillion yen pension fund is a Harvard-educated former central banker with a sharp sense of the reforms that markets want to see and a willingness to buck the system. (Japan Today)
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Bad weather, anemic wages hinder Japan's recovery

September 7, 2014 - 00:07
The Japanese economy appears to be recovering more slowly than anticipated, as bad weather kept would-be shoppers at home and wages failed to keep pace with rising prices. (Nikkei)
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