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Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 3.20%

August 26, 2015 - 07:32
Japan stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Power, Financial Services and Insurance sectors led shares higher. (
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Global stock sell-offs weighing on Abenomics

August 25, 2015 - 23:16
Recent global stock market sell-offs reflecting China's economic slowdown have begun to give rise to concerns about the possibly fading effects of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policy mix, dubbed Abenomics. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei plunges below 18,000 after wild swings

August 25, 2015 - 13:23
After a roller-coaster ride, stocks closed sharply lower again on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Tuesday, pushing down the benchmark Nikkei average below 18,000 to the lowest level in more than six months. (Japan Times)
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Japan's minimum wages see fastest-paced rise

August 25, 2015 - 05:24
The minimum hourly wage in Japan for fiscal 2015, which started in April, was raised by ¥18 from the previous year to ¥798 on average, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Monday. (Japan Times)
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Oil seen as staying cheap for the long term

August 24, 2015 - 21:58
More people are becoming resigned to the prospect that crude oil will trade at depressed prices for a long stretch, with prices sliding Monday to levels not seen in roughly 6 1/2 years. (Nikkei)
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Most major firms expect Japan's economy to grow by year-end: survey

August 23, 2015 - 23:03
Some 88 percent of major Japanese companies surveyed expect the economy to grow by the end of 2015, and nearly half of them plan to boost capital spending in the business year through March, a Kyodo News survey showed Saturday. (Kyodo)
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My Number application process to be available at workplaces

August 22, 2015 - 01:07
For the upcoming My Number individual identification number system, the government will allow employees to apply for their ID number cards at their workplaces rather than in the offices of the municipalities where they live, as was initially to be required. (The Japan News)
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Japan takes S. Korea to WTO over Fukushima import ban

August 20, 2015 - 23:03
The Japanese government on Thursday asked the World Trade Organization to set up a panel to rule on South Korea's import ban on Japanese fishery products following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster that Tokyo says violates international trade rules. (Kyodo)
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Japan's trade deficit widens as export growth slows, adding to worries over recovery

August 19, 2015 - 06:24
Japan's trade deficit widened to its largest level in five months in July, adding to worries over the recovery amid weakening demand in China for chemicals, machinery and electronics. (
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Summer vacations get more expensive

August 18, 2015 - 23:32
The average outlay on a summer vacation this year is ¥89,296 per household, up for the third consecutive year, according to a survey conducted by Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co. (The Japan News)
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Domestic firms concerned about slumping consumption

August 18, 2015 - 10:28
Domestic companies are becoming increasingly concerned about the slump in private consumption that was confirmed in weak April-June gross domestic product data, although corporate earnings in the period turned out to be strong thanks to the yen's depreciation and falling crude oil prices. (Japan Times)
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Amari comments on GDP

August 17, 2015 - 06:34
Japanese Economic Revitalization Minister Akira Amari has noted that public concern is growing that wage hikes are not keeping up with consumer price increases, as costs for daily necessities and food are rising. (NHK)
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Japan April-June GDP down 0.4 percent

August 17, 2015 - 06:29
Japan's gross domestic product in April-June dropped 0.4 pct from the previous quarter in price-adjusted real terms, the Cabinet Office said in a preliminary report on Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan at critical stage in beating deflation, cheap oil helps -govt

August 15, 2015 - 01:15
Japan now faces a critical stage in its battle to defeat deflation, and is being helped by falling oil prices boosting Japan's terms of trade and getting the economy nearer its full potential, the Cabinet Office said in its annual economic report on Friday. (Reuters)
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China's devaluation becomes Japan's problem

August 13, 2015 - 23:54
Among the clearest casualties of China's devaluation is the Bank of Japan. (
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Govt debts hit record Y1.057 quadrillion

August 12, 2015 - 01:53
The government's debts hit a record ¥1.057 quadrillion at the end of June, up by about ¥3.87 trillion from the end of March, the Finance Ministry said Monday. (The Japan News)
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