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Japan's national debt sets record

February 9, 2019 - 21:21
Japan's national debt has reached a new high, despite government efforts to restore fiscal health. (NHK)
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Japan-EU free trade deal takes effect

January 31, 2019 - 22:51
A comprehensive free trade deal between Japan and the European Union has come into force. The pact will eventually remove tariffs on more than 90 percent of imports from both sides and liberalize rules in a broad spectrum of fields. (NHK)
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Has Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's UK visit caused an economic shift?

January 30, 2019 - 19:22
Whatever your stance, Brexit has and will continue to raise questions than answers as we move closer to the March 29, 2019, deadline. With the future of Britain and Europe only slightly clearer now than it was two years ago, political leaders are scrambling for position ahead of the forthcoming split. (
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Japan's 10-day Golden Week holiday stirs concern among investors

January 30, 2019 - 19:09
To mark the ascension of Japan's new emperor, the government has declared an unprecedented 10-day holiday from late April to early May, worrying investors, who say a market shutdown could cause disruption and unsettle the yen. (Japan Today)
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Glimpse into post-Lehman chaos

January 29, 2019 - 21:17
The Bank of Japan has given a glimpse into the dark days it faced following the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers. Officials released the minutes from their meetings after the crash. (NHK)
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Faulty data scandal reveals lower 2018 wage growth in Japan

January 23, 2019 - 18:30
A data scandal at Japan's labor ministry has created further headaches for the Abe government in its protracted attempts to spur inflation. (Nikkei)
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TPP-11 opens doors to new members

January 19, 2019 - 21:04
The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11), a trade pact among 11 Pacific Rim nations, officially opened its doors to new members on Saturday in a move aimed at bolstering free trade at a time when the U.S. and China remain locked in a trade war. (Nikkei)
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Health insurance in Japan to exclude family abroad

January 18, 2019 - 20:56
Overseas dependents of foreigners working in Japan would no longer be covered by medical insurance come 2020 under a legislative proposal that seeks to restrain ballooning health care costs. (Nikkei)
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Japanese consumer prices rose a sluggish 0.9% in 2018

January 18, 2019 - 20:48
Consumer prices rose a sluggish 0.9 percent last year, according to government data published Friday, as the world’s third-largest economy continues its yearslong battle to stoke weak inflation. (Japan Times)
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Survey: 30% want to keep working until age 65

January 18, 2019 - 20:32
About 30 percent of respondents in a Japanese government survey say they want to work until their early 60s. (NHK)
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Japanese workforce projected to be 20% smaller by 2040

January 15, 2019 - 22:02
The workforce in 2040 is projected to be 20 percent smaller than in 2017 due to overall population decline if the economy sees no growth and women and the elderly continue to have difficulty landing jobs, according to government study released Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Disappointing data shows Japan's not back yet

January 15, 2019 - 21:58
Haruhiko Kuroda may rue the day he visited Nagoya. In a Nov. 5 speech to business leaders in the city, the Bank of Japan governor came close to declaring the end of deflation and the dawn of a new era. (Japan Times)
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Labor shortage drives more bankruptcies in Japan

January 5, 2019 - 22:45
More Japanese companies went under for lack of personnel last year, reflecting the growing toll of the country's ongoing labor crunch on businesses that fail to secure or keep workers. (Nikkei)
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Bank of Japan set to trim inflation outlook for next 2 years

January 3, 2019 - 21:22
Bank of Japan policymakers will weigh downgrading their inflation outlook at their meeting later this month to reflect lower crude oil prices, cuts in mobile phone fees and an expansion of free schooling. (Nikkei)
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At long last, 11-member Pacific trade deal takes effect

December 29, 2018 - 21:37
The 11-member Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact entered into force on Sunday, creating a free trade area covering more than a tenth of the global economy. (Japan Times)
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Nikkei ends year with 12% loss after logging first annual fall since 2011

December 28, 2018 - 22:00
The benchmark Nikkei average snapped a six-year winning streak Friday to end 2018 down more than 12 percent after being pressured by selling following a spike the previous day. (Japan Times)
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Abe urges wage increase for Japan’s workforce in effort to spur consumption before tax hike

December 26, 2018 - 22:10
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday asked business leaders to raise wages to spur consumption and mitigate the impact of next October’s planned sales tax hike, the sixth consecutive year he has requested such an increase. (Japan Times)
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Nikkei plunges below 20,000 amid global sell-off

December 25, 2018 - 22:25
Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei Average plummeted more than 1,000 points. The index finished below the key 20,000-mark for the first time since September 2017. (NHK)
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