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Japan to tax profits on bond sales from Jan. 1

December 30, 2015 - 05:53
From Jan. 1, Japan will tax profits on bond sales and allow investors to cut their tax payments by offsetting gains and losses in bond trading with those in equity transactions. (Jiji Press)
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BOJ: Olympics to raise GDP by 1% in 2018

December 28, 2015 - 09:41
Expected increases in building projects and overseas visitors in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics could raise Japan's annual GDP growth by about one percent by 2018. (NHK)
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Record 790,000 foreigners work in Japan, many tackling risky jobs

December 27, 2015 - 04:48
Japan is increasingly depending on foreign workers to meet a shortfall in the domestic working population, but many of the jobs are menial or ones that nobody else wants. (Asahi)
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A surge in women's employment is driving Japan's economy

December 23, 2015 - 23:41
Even after three years of trying, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe doesn't seem able to get his economic program on the fast track. Just as one part of the economy looks better, another falls back into the decline that has dogged Japan for a quarter-century. (
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Japan must prepare for lower yen, JPMorgan says

December 23, 2015 - 23:38
JPMorgan Chase & Co is making two contrarian calls: First that the yen will strengthen toward 100 per US dollar and second that such a rally won't destroy the world's third-largest economy. (
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Govt. sets 1.7 % growth target for FY 2016

December 22, 2015 - 06:37
Japan's government expects the economy to grow 1.7 percent in real terms and 3.1 percent in nominal terms in the coming fiscal year ending March 2017. (NHK)
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Japan seen boosting development aid for first time in 17 years

December 21, 2015 - 22:43
The Japanese government plans to increase its official development assistance for the first time since fiscal 1999, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pursues aggressive diplomacy to expand the nation's clout. (Nikkei)
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Gov't eyes record 96.7 tril. yen budget for FY 2016

December 19, 2015 - 22:16
The government is compiling a record-high budget of around 96.7 trillion yen ($798 billion) for next fiscal year amid swelling welfare costs due to Japan's graying population, sources close to the matter said Saturday. (Kyodo)
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Kuroda code getting harder to crack

December 19, 2015 - 00:07
The markets were in for a rough ride on Friday. The Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced that it was tweaking its quantitative and qualitative easing program, and at first the change was widely interpreted as additional easing. BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda was quick to dismiss such talk, leaving investors scratching their heads. (Nikkei)
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Abe's Cabinet OKs Y3.5 trillion extra budget to support economy

December 18, 2015 - 11:54
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet approved an extra budget Friday worth ¥3.5 trillion for this fiscal year through March to bolster the economy through enhanced welfare services and a more competitive farm sector. (Japan Times)
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Bank of Japan moves to boost economy

December 18, 2015 - 07:45
Policymakers at the Bank of Japan have decided to introduce supplementary measures in an effort to further boost the country's economy. (NHK)
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Japan end-Sept. household financial assets rise to 1,684 trilion yen

December 17, 2015 - 21:59
Household financial assets in Japan totaled 1,684 trillion yen at the end of September, up 1.7 pct from a year earlier, the Bank of Japan said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Delivery, take-out foods to be exempt from tax hike

December 15, 2015 - 11:28
The government and ruling parties plan to exempt delivery and takeout foods from the upcoming consumption tax hike, senior coalition members said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Super-aged Japan taps benefits of its graying workforce

December 14, 2015 - 22:04
Nowhere is the rapid aging of Japan more visible than in rural towns such as Kamikatsu, where 51 percent of local residents are over the age of 65. (
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Tokyo new condo prices hit 24-year high

December 14, 2015 - 21:42
The average price of a new condominium in the Tokyo metropolitan area in November was the highest in over 24 years. (NHK)
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Abe keen to raise visitor target to 30 million

December 14, 2015 - 21:38
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed a willingness Monday to work for an annual target of 30 million visitors to Japan from abroad as the current target of 20 million is close to being achieved. (
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