ECONOMY

Sep 19
The average price of residential land in Japan's three metropolitan areas in and around Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya as of July 1 rose from a year before, up for the first time in six years, the land ministry said in an annual report Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 18
Japan's Nikkei share average closed at a new eight-month high and posted the biggest daily rise in two weeks on Thursday, with a weak yen giving exporters a boost despite disappointing trade data which showed the softer currency is not significantly buoying sales. (Reuters)
Sep 18
The lower yen benefits automakers and other domestic manufacturers who rely on exports, as their products can be sold at more competitive prices abroad, but a sharp weakening of the yen can also harm the Japanese economy. (Kyodo)
Sep 17
Japanese shares fell for a second day, after the Topix (TPX) index posted five days of gains, as investors await a policy decision by the Federal Reserve. (businessweek.com)
Sep 17
Foreign direct investment into China is continuing to shrink on the back of rising labor costs. (NHK)
Sep 17
The percentage of women at ages associated with child-rearing who are actively participating in the workforce has been increasing and recently hit a record high, according to a monthly survey by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. (The Japan News)
Sep 16
Tokyo shares ended the morning session lower on Tuesday as traders here intended to take profits after recent rally. (globalpost.com)
Sep 16
The South Korean government announced Monday it will examine whether it needs to keep in place its ban on imports of marine foods from eight Japanese prefectures including Fukushima, which was hit hard by the 2011 nuclear accident. (Jiji Press)
Sep 16
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Monday cut its economic outlook for the Group of Seven nations in 2014, including Japan, while expecting a moderate expansion to continue in most of the major economies. (Kyodo)
Sep 15
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he remained "neutral" on whether to proceed with a hike in Japan's sales tax to 10 per cent, adding that decision would hinge on the strength of economic indicators for the current quarter. (straitstimes.com)
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