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Nikkei marks biggest fall this year

March 25, 2019 - 22:11
Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei Average saw its biggest fall of 2019. The drop followed a plunge on Friday on Wall Street that came amid new worries of an economic slowdown. (NHK)
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Japan at risk of deflation as US trade wars and Brexit uncertainty impact value of yen

March 20, 2019 - 19:29
As trade talks between Japan and the US look likely to start soon, and the price of oil drops in Japan, the value of the Yen is increasingly under threat of deflation. (
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Tourist boom sees Japan's urban land prices rise for first time in 27 years

March 19, 2019 - 21:37
The average price of all types of land in urban areas rose last year for the first time since 1992 as the growing influx of foreign tourists rejuvenated real estate investment, the government said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
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Japan to say economy is still in recovery in March report

March 18, 2019 - 22:00
The Japanese economy will likely once again be assessed as "recovering at a moderate pace" in the government's monthly report due out Wednesday, which also will note potential risks from overseas economies. (Nikkei)
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Japan enacts wage protections ahead of foreign worker influx

March 15, 2019 - 23:01
Japan will tighten oversight of pay for foreign employees through ordinances issued Friday, aiming to address major concerns over working conditions as the country prepares to accept more labor from abroad starting next month. (Nikkei)
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Has monetary easing run its course?

March 8, 2019 - 23:14
Since the 2008 global financial crisis, expansionary monetary policy has been the order of the day in most of the major advanced economies. (Japan Times)
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No Japan-wide minimum wage planned to tackle urban-rural gap ahead of foreign influx, says Suga

March 7, 2019 - 22:32
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga denied a media report Thursday that the government is considering introducing a minimum wage for specific industrial sectors that would apply to workers nationwide, regardless of where they live. (Japan Times)
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Flat-line: Japan inflation barometer points to zero price growth by summer

March 3, 2019 - 23:44
The inflation outlook is looking dismal for the Bank of Japan as cheaper oil and falling mobile phone charges threaten to push price growth toward zero by mid-summer. (Japan Times)
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