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Japan Inc. continues to hoard cash despite recovery

June 18, 2014 - 23:13
Has Abenomics restored animal spirits to corporate Japan? Not quite, at least according to one important measure. The total amount of cash held by companies in Japan continued to rise during the fiscal year ended March 31, reaching a record ¥232 trillion, or about $2.3 trillion, according to data released Wednesday by the Bank of Japan. (Wall Street Journal)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.93pc, Nikkei 225 index climbed 139.83 points

June 18, 2014 - 07:26
Tokyo stocks closed up 0.93 percent on Wednesday with a stronger dollar supporting exporters, as investors wait for the US Federal Reserve to wrap up a policy meeting later in the day. (
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Japan trade deficit shrinks in May following tax hike

June 18, 2014 - 03:03
Japan's goods trade deficit shrank in May for the second straight month, as imports were tepid with the first consumption tax hike in 17 years from April 1 dragging down personal spending and industrial output at home, the government said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
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Japan sees ID numbers as treatment for bloated health spending

June 17, 2014 - 23:02
The Japanese government plans to expand the use of nationally issued identification numbers to health care in an effort to reduce wasteful spending. (Nikkei)
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Government releases its energy white paper

June 17, 2014 - 22:58
An annual government report warns that the rise in greenhouse gas emissions in Japan could cause international concerns over the country's stance on tackling global warming. (NHK)
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Tokyo stocks close 0.29pc higher, Nikkei 225 index added 42.68 points

June 17, 2014 - 07:59
Tokyo stocks closed 0.29 percent higher Tuesday on bargain hunting while a weaker yen boosted exporters, despite jitters over the unrest in Iraq. (
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Asia bracing for return of devastating El Nino

June 16, 2014 - 23:15
Researchers are raising the alarm that this year's climate conditions are eerily similar to those seen in 1997, when the worst El Nino phenomenon on record caused extreme drought and floods. (Nikkei)
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Abe unveils policy steps aimed at bolstering Japanese stock prices

June 16, 2014 - 15:01
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled on Monday new policy measures it believes would benefit investors and companies, such as cutting Japan's relatively heavy corporate tax rate, with the aim of bolstering share prices at home. (Kyodo)
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BoJ chief sticks his neck out, pressures Japanese PM Abe for action

June 16, 2014 - 10:09
Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has a simple message for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: It`s time to fire the `third arrow` of reform or risk squandering the efforts of the past 18 months to revive the Japanese economy. (zeenews)
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Nikkei drops on Iraq anxiety; chip-related shares rise on Intel

June 16, 2014 - 07:48
Japanese stocks dropped to a two-week low on Monday as oil prices extended gains as the insurgency in Iraq raised concerns about potential disruption to oil exports, but chip-related firms outperformed on Intel Corp's rosy outlook. (Reuters)
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Robotics to boost economic growth in Japan

June 16, 2014 - 04:41
The Japanese government will promote the use of robots to start a new industrial revolution and double the size of the robotics market in the manufacturing sector by 2020. (NHK)
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Kuroda: Japan growth back above potential in summer

June 13, 2014 - 23:19
The Japanese economy is highly likely to return to growth exceeding potential in summer or later, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Friday. (The Japan News)
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Japan to cut corporate tax rate below 30 pct

June 13, 2014 - 08:17
The Japanese government and the ruling coalition reached a basic agreement Friday to lower the effective corporate tax rate in the country to below 30 pct from the current 34.62 pct in stages from fiscal 2015, in efforts to attract foreign businesses and boost economic growth. (Jiji Press)
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Taste for little luxuries suggest Japan's tax rise hangover fading

June 13, 2014 - 08:05
Bartender Yoshiro Tsuneoka smiled with satisfaction between popping open bottles of champagne. It was midweek, 8 pm, and business was good at the tiny bar in downtown Tokyo. (Reuters)
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Tokyo stocks close up 0.83pc on late bargain hunting

June 13, 2014 - 08:03
Tokyo stocks rose 0.83 percent Friday as late bargain-hunting wiped out early losses after Wall Street turned down in concerns over the crisis in Iraq. (
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Nikkei falls to 1 1/2-week low on World Bank''s lower growth forecast

June 12, 2014 - 06:47
Japan`s Nikkei share average fell to a 1 1/2-week low on Thursday after the World Bank`s downward revision of its global growth forecast soured sentiment. (zeenews)
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Japan to keep printing money for years to come, so learn to enjoy it

June 12, 2014 - 02:26
There are no one-way bets in global finance, but Japan's stock market comes close. The authorities are about to funnel large sums into Japanese stocks openly and deliberately under the next phase of Abenomics, both by regulatory fiat and by purchasing the Nikkei index directly with printed money. (
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Beer shipments fell slightly in May

June 11, 2014 - 12:10
Japanese beer makers say the impact of the consumption tax hike in April appears to be waning. (NHK)
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Japan Diet enacts bill on easier residency requirements for foreign experts

June 11, 2014 - 12:07
The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted a bill on Wednesday to ease permanent residency requirements for highly skilled foreign workers. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei closes at 15,069, up 74 pts

June 11, 2014 - 06:41
Japanese stock market traded in a narrow range after midday and the Nikkei 225 Stock Average closed at 15,069.48, up 74.68 or 0.5%. (
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