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Child poverty in Japan? Relatively speaking, yes.

July 17, 2014 - 12:52
According to Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, an astonishing 16.3% of Japanese children 18 and under lived in "economic hardship" in 2012. (Forbes)
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Nikkei closes down 9 pts to 15,370

July 17, 2014 - 06:50
Japanese stocks headed south in the afternoon and the Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 9.04 pts or 0.06%. (
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Nikkei edges down; China economic data gets muted reaction

July 16, 2014 - 08:50
Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Wednesday after staying nearly flat for most of the session as investors took profits from gains the previous day, while China's economic data received a muted reaction from the market. (
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Minimum wage lower than welfare in 5 Japan prefectures

July 15, 2014 - 23:27
The minimum wage is lower than welfare benefits in five of Japan's 47 prefectures, reflecting rising social insurance premiums, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan inflation not to fall below one percent: BOJ Kuroda

July 15, 2014 - 22:44
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda denied the possibility on Tuesday that year-on-year growth in consumer prices in Japan, excluding the effects of the April 1 consumption tax hike, will fall below one pct this summer. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei rises to 1-1/2-week high on U.S. optimism; Bank of Japan gets muted reaction

July 15, 2014 - 07:04
Japan's Nikkei share average climbed to a 1-1/2-week high on Tuesday after Citigroup's strong earnings and a merger and acquisition deal in the U.S. healthcare industry lifted sentiment. (Economic Times)
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Japanese women fight to break the bamboo ceiling

July 14, 2014 - 11:06
When it comes to achieving gender equality, Japan still has a very long way to go, at least according to the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report, which ranked the country 105th in the world by that measure. (The Diplomat)
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What happened to Japan's yen-driven export boom?

July 14, 2014 - 11:01
When Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power in late 2012, he hoped a weaker yen would give exporters a much-needed boost as well as spur the inflation needed to revive the world's third biggest economy. (
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Nikkei snaps longest losing streak since the launch of Abenomics

July 14, 2014 - 07:31
Japan's Nikkei average gained ground on Monday, ending its longest losing streak since the "Abenomics" rally started in November 2012, led by retail buying of small- and medium-cap stocks and speculative buying of index futures. (Reuters)
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Abe sets 30% target for new women public servants

July 13, 2014 - 20:11
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to increase the ratio of newly employed female public servants to 30 percent from the fiscal year that begins next April. (NHK)
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Japan says Pacific trade talks agree broadly on labor, health issues

July 13, 2014 - 09:11
Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labor issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan's chief negotiator said on Saturday. (Reuters)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.34pc, Nikkei 225 index fell 52.43 points

July 11, 2014 - 07:20
Tokyo stocks lost 0.34 percent on Friday after a scare over a Portuguese bank sent Wall Street lower and boosted the yen, denting exporter shares. (
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TPP talks reach accord on labor, quarantine rules

July 10, 2014 - 23:16
Negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact meeting that began here July 5 have effectively reached agreement in two areas-labor issues and quarantines related to the safety of imported food. The talks will run through Saturday. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei falls for fourth day as poor machinery figure hurts mood

July 10, 2014 - 07:29
Japan's Nikkei share average dropped for a fourth day to a fresh 1-1/2-week low on Thursday as worse-than-expected machinery data soured sentiment and U.S. Federal Reserve minutes suggested the end of its stimulus was a sign of economic strength. (Reuters)
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Nikkei drops to 1-1/2-week low on strong yen, China data

July 9, 2014 - 07:45
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a 1-1/2-week low on Wednesday as the stronger yen hurt exporters, while cooler-than-expected China inflation data also soured sentiment. (Reuters)
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