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Asia stocks rise as Ukraine tensions ease for now

August 11, 2014 - 07:54
Asian stocks rose on Monday as tensions eased slightly in Ukraine, while the dollar held steady against the safe-haven yen after rebounding sharply late last week. (
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Women: The economic saviors of Japan?

August 10, 2014 - 10:33
Gender balancing in business is no longer the exclusive agenda of women's right activists in Japan; it now has the full attention of the Japanese government. (
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Japan runs current account deficit of 399.1 b. yen in June

August 8, 2014 - 07:13
Japan ran a current account deficit of 399.1 billion yen in June, compared with 377.7 billion yen in surplus a year before, the Ministry of Finance said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo shares drop to a two-month low

August 8, 2014 - 07:11
Tokyo stocks dropped 2.98 per cent to a two-month low as investors reacted to US President Barack Obama's announcement that he had authorised air strikes on Iraq, while Nikon shares plunged on poor first-quarter earnings. (
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Japan's economy: Feeling the pinch

August 8, 2014 - 05:53
If Abenomics means anything, it is the promise of the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to restore healthy economic growth to Japan and end years of deflation. (The Economist)
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BOJ warns of Japan's weak exports, keeps policy steady

August 8, 2014 - 05:44
The Bank of Japan kept its monetary policy steady Friday while saying the country's economy continues to recover, but the central bank also warned of recent weakness in Japanese exports and production. (Kyodo)
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National public servant salaries to rise for 1st time in 7 yrs

August 7, 2014 - 07:48
Japan's National Personnel Authority recommended Thursday that the government raise basic salaries for public servants by an average of 0.27 percent and their bonuses by 0.15 month, both for the first hike in seven years. (Kyodo)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.48%

August 7, 2014 - 07:47
Tokyo stocks have closed 0.48 per cent higher as late bargain-hunting dragged the Japanese market out of negative territory and snapped a five-day losing streak. (
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Japan, U.S. make some progress over TPP

August 6, 2014 - 23:03
The Japanese and the U.S. governments said Tuesday they have made some progress in a two-day working-level meeting on agricultural tariff issues linked to the ongoing negotiations on a multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei slips to 6-week low on geopolitical anxiety, Softbank sinks

August 6, 2014 - 08:01
Japanese shares dropped to a six-week closing low on Wednesday as tensions over Ukraine hit global equities, and SoftBank Corp tumbled after its U.S. subsidiary Sprint Corp abandoned its bid to acquire T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (Reuters)
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Food self-sufficiency rate remains at 39%

August 5, 2014 - 22:47
The nation's food self-sufficiency rate in fiscal 2013, which ended in March, remained at 39 percent on a calorie basis for the fourth straight year, the farm ministry said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei edges down as weak yen trend pauses; majors' earnings awaited

August 5, 2014 - 07:55
Japan's Nikkei share average edged down in choppy trade on Tuesday morning, extending its declines into a fourth day as the weak yen trend paused, while the market awaited clues from Japanese corporate earnings such as Toyota Motor Corp. (Reuters)
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Japan's economy in recovery mode, says Suga

August 4, 2014 - 23:55
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says that Japan's economic recovery remained underway, citing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "Abenomics" economic policies as a major factor. (Japan Today)
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Nikkei hits 1-week low on Wall St gloom; financials, Softbank weigh

August 4, 2014 - 07:22
Japanese stocks were flat on Monday after slipping to a one-week low in choppy early trade, as more losses on Wall Street and the conflict in Gaza and Ukraine sapped risk appetite. (
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Abe eager to boost free trade ties with Latin America

August 3, 2014 - 00:47
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his eagerness Saturday to boost Japan's economic and trade ties with the four Latin American nations comprising the Pacific Alliance, after seeking an early conclusion of a free trade agreement with Colombia. (Kyodo)
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Japan struggles to reclaim fraudulently obtained welfare benefits

August 1, 2014 - 23:12
Local authorities in Japan are struggling to recover fraudulently obtained welfare benefits and they are forced to book some payments as losses, a government survey showed on Friday. (Jiji Press)
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The dark side of 'womenomics'

August 1, 2014 - 13:27
Japanese women are in demand as never before. "Women have the greatest potential," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently told media, "and allowing them to demonstrate their full abilities is the core of our growth strategy." (Nikkei)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.63pc

August 1, 2014 - 07:40
Tokyo stocks closed down 0.63 percent on Friday after a sell-off on Wall Street driven by weak eurozone data, the Argentine debt default and other negative news. (
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Japan must hike sales taxes again to conquer debt: IMF

July 31, 2014 - 23:45
Japan must raise its sales tax again to conquer one of the world's heaviest public debt burdens, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday, as it called for deep economic reforms. (Japan Today)
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Nikkei rises to fresh 6-month high led by exporters, banks

July 31, 2014 - 08:17
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh six-month high on Thursday after solid US growth buoyed sentiment and as the weakening yen lifted exporters, while Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group's earnings boosted the banking sector. (
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