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Aso eyes economic measures before tax increase

September 5, 2014 - 23:20
The government should begin to study the possibility of preparing economy-boosting measures before implementing a planned additional consumption tax increase from 8 percent to 10 percent in October 2015, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Friday. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei flat at close

September 5, 2014 - 07:18
Tokyo stocks ended flat on Friday, losing early gains driven by the yen hitting a six-year low against the dollar and the European Central Bank's surprise rate cut. (The Standard)
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Dollar hits near 6-yr high around 105.70 yen before U.S. jobs data

September 5, 2014 - 05:33
The U.S. dollar briefly hit a near six-year high of around 105.70 yen Friday morning in Tokyo on growing optimism that a U.S. Labor Department report due later in the day will show continuing strength in the world's largest economy. (Kyodo)
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BOJ Kuroda calls for tax hike to 10 percent

September 4, 2014 - 23:13
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda called on the government Thursday to raise the consumption tax from 8 pct to 10 pct as planned for October 2015. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei snaps 3-day winning streak on profit-taking after BOJ outcome

September 4, 2014 - 07:41
Japanese stocks fell on Thursday, snapping a three-day winning streak as most investors took profits from the recent gains after they quickly priced in the Bank of Japan's decision to maintain its massive monetary stimulus and its upbeat view on the economy. (Reuters)
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Quitting Japan, top economist blames labor rules

September 4, 2014 - 05:39
Takatoshi Ito, one of Japan's best-known economists, will join the Columbia University faculty in January after 12 years as a professor and a dean at the University of Tokyo, the country's most prestigious academic institution. (Wall Street Journal)
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Tax decision biggest task facing Abe's new Cabinet

September 4, 2014 - 05:04
The biggest domestic task for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new cabinet is whether to go ahead with plans to raise the consumption tax again next year, as the Japanese economy is faltering after the latest increase in the tax. (Jiji Press)
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Japan's world's 6th most competitive economy

September 3, 2014 - 23:54
A Swiss-based research institute has ranked Japan as the world's 6th most competitive economy, up 3 places from a year earlier. (NHK)
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'Abenomics' appears headed for trouble as challenges build

September 3, 2014 - 23:28
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan for the economy to generate self-sustained growth on the back of his three policy "arrows" of massive monetary easing, spending and reform appears to be faltering - but no magic solution is in sight. (Japan Times)
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Nikkei jumps to 7-month high on renewed "Abenomics" hopes

September 3, 2014 - 07:52
Japanese shares hit a seven-month high on Wednesday, with financial shares leading the gains, in the hope a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe giving fresh impetus to his "Abenomics" growth-promoting policies. (Reuters)
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Major department store sales turn around

September 2, 2014 - 22:55
Sales at all of four major department store operators have turned around to year-on-year growth for the first time since the April 1 consumption tax hike, according to data released by the company. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei ends at 7-month high in on weak yen, reform hopes

September 2, 2014 - 07:35
Japan's Nikkei share average ended at a seven-month high on Tuesday in active trade as the yen slipped to a seven-month low against the dollar, sending exporters higher on hopes of a boost to earnings. (Economic Times)
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Average monthly wage rises by over 2% for 1st time in decade

September 2, 2014 - 05:53
Average monthly pay for workers in Japan, including bonuses, rose 2.6 percent in July from a year earlier to 369,846 yen, marking a rise of 2 percent or more for the first time in a decade, the labor ministry said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
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Abe pledges 3.5-trillion-yen investments, loans to India

September 1, 2014 - 22:43
Japan will realize 3.5 trillion yen in investments and loans to India over the coming five years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged at a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Tokyo Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks rise 0.34 pct on Wall St. gains, weaker yen

September 1, 2014 - 08:04
Tokyo stocks rose 0.34 percent Monday as investor sentiment was encouraged by pre-weekend Wall Street gains and the yen's depreciation against the U.S. dollar. (
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Bad summer weather forcing consumers to pay more to eat their vegetables

August 31, 2014 - 12:45
Vegetable prices are soaring due to the summer's heavy rains and a lack of sunshine across the nation, making for poorer growing and harvesting conditions than in usual years. (Asahi)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.23pc

August 29, 2014 - 07:47
Tokyo stocks lost 0.23 percent Friday following a weak slate of Japanese data while investors were also spooked by renewed Ukraine-Russia tensions. (
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Japan economy stalls as incomes, spending languish

August 29, 2014 - 02:42
Japan's vital signs remained weak in July, as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy. (
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Japan minimum hourly wage to rise by 16 yen in FY 2014

August 28, 2014 - 23:10
The minimum hourly wage in Japan for fiscal 2014 will increase by 16 yen from the previous year to 780 yen on average, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
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Corporate Japan issuing bonds at record-low rates

August 28, 2014 - 22:48
More Japanese companies are taking advantage of ultralow long-term interest rates to issue bonds carrying rock-bottom costs. (Nikkei)
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