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Nikkei jumps to 5-week high as GPIF allocation hopes buoy risk appetite

March 6, 2014 - 07:00
Japan's Nikkei share average jumped to a five-week high on Thursday as investors took heart from news about the world's largest pension fund's allocation plan, and as a weaker yen boosted shares of exporters. (Reuters)
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Nikkei rises to one-week high on Putin comments

March 5, 2014 - 10:32
The Nikkei has continued its recovery during today's (March 5th) trading session, rising to a new one-week high following the latest developments in Russia and Ukraine. (
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Singapore overtakes Tokyo as costliest city in world

March 4, 2014 - 22:23
The soaring cost of cars and utilities as well as a strong currency have made Singapore the world's most expensive city, toppling Tokyo from the top spot, according to a survey Tuesday. (
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Monetary base expands 1.9% to high at end of February

March 4, 2014 - 21:50
The nation's monetary base expanded 1.9 percent from last month to ¥204.75 trillion at the end of February, hitting a record high for the first time in two months, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
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Nikkei rises on bargain hunting, Ukraine worries limit gains

March 4, 2014 - 08:03
Japan's Nikkei average clawed higher on Tuesday, snapping four days of losses as some foreign investors scooped up battered shares, although concerns over mounting tensions in Ukraine kept the market on edge. (
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With too few borrowers, Japan's regional banks are urged to merge

March 3, 2014 - 22:19
Japanese regulators are increasing the pressure on regional banks to consolidate, worried that shrinking populations outside the nation's major cities will leave lenders too weak to stand on their own. (
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Why young people In Japan will work for companies that don't exist -- yet

March 3, 2014 - 22:18
A 10-year-old in Japan today will likely be hired by a company that does not exist yet. That's because, according to two researchers from Hitotsubashi University and Nihon University here in Japan, Japanese companies created after 1996 contributed a net positive of 1.2 million new jobs. But older companies shed a net 3.1 million jobs in that time. (Forbes)
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Think tanks expect upward revision in Japan Oct.-Dec. growth estimate

March 3, 2014 - 21:59
Private-sector think tanks in Japan expect a slight upward revision in the government's gross domestic product growth estimate for October-December 2013. (Jiji Press)
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Japan stocks fall as yen rises on escalating tension in Ukraine

March 3, 2014 - 09:57
Japanese stocks fell, with the Topix (TPX) index capping a fourth day of declines, after the yen gained amid demand for haven currencies as Russia seized control of Ukraine's Crimea region. (BusinessWeek)
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Tokyo stocks close 0.55pc lower

February 28, 2014 - 07:31
Tokyo stocks closed 0.55 percent lower Friday after the dollar fell against the yen on a cautious view of the US economy by Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen. (
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Japan January consumer prices up 1.3 percent

February 28, 2014 - 06:34
Japan's core consumer price index in January rose 1.3 pct from a year earlier, up for the eighth straight month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Friday. (Jiji Press)
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Japan says any bitcoin regulation should be international

February 27, 2014 - 22:35
Any regulation of the bitcoin crypto-currency should involve international cooperation to avoid loopholes, Japanese vice finance minister Jiro Aichi said on Thursday. (Reuters)
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Nikkei falls for 2nd day as Ukraine tensions sour sentiment

February 27, 2014 - 06:24
Japan's Nikkei average fell for a second day on Thursday, moving further away from a four-week closing hit earlier this week as heightened tensions in Ukraine soured sentiment, dragging down index heavyweights like SoftBank. (Reuters)
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Land prices rise in most areas, survey shows

February 26, 2014 - 22:59
Land prices as of Jan. 1 rose from three months before at most locations, the land ministry said in a quarterly report. (The Japan News)
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Tokyo stocks close down 0.54%

February 26, 2014 - 08:20
Tokyo stocks fell 0.54 percent Wednesday, following Wall Street lower after disappointing data on US housing and consumer confidence. (Global Post)
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TPP ministerial talks in Singapore end without deal

February 25, 2014 - 22:30
Japan, the United States and 10 other countries participating in Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations failed to reach a broad agreement in their four-day ministerial talks in Singapore that ended on Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei hits four-week closing high on Wall Street rally, SoftBank jumps

February 25, 2014 - 06:56
The Nikkei average advanced to a four-week closing high on Tuesday after a rally in Wall Street shares to historic highs triggered short-covering in battered Japanese stocks. (Reuters)
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Broad TPP accord becoming unlikely in Singapore

February 24, 2014 - 21:59
A broad agreement on a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is becoming unlikely at the ongoing ministerial meeting in Singapore, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)
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Nikkei slips from 3-wk high in choppy trade; investors cautious

February 24, 2014 - 06:47
Japan's Nikkei average eased from a three-week high in an erratic session on Monday as a firmer yen and weak Asian markets triggered profit-taking following recent sharp gains. (Reuters)
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TPP conclusion rests on Japan-U.S. tariff issue

February 23, 2014 - 21:53
Whether ministers participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations can attain their goal of reaching a "broad agreement" at the four-day talks that opened Saturday in Singapore hinges upon how much progress Japan and the United States achieve on the tariff issue. (The Japan News)
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