ECONOMY

Jul 27
A government advisory panel on Tuesday agreed to recommend raising the country's average minimum hourly wage by ¥24, or 3 percent, for fiscal 2016. (Japan Times)
Jul 26
The stronger yen is reducing the value of Japanese exports amid signs of a rebound in volume terms. (Nikkei)
Jul 25
Japan posted a goods trade surplus for a half-year period in January to June for the first time since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the country in March 2011, due mainly to a plunge in the value of imports on the back of declining crude oil prices, the government said Monday. (Kyodo)
Jul 25
The Japanese government will defer planned housing-related gift tax breaks, in line with its decision to delay a consumption tax hike from 8 pct to 10 pct for 30 months until October 2019, informed sources have said. (Jiji Press)
Jul 24
The world's major economies need to deepen cooperation on tax collection as companies seek to minimise the amount they pay to governments, finance ministers said Saturday. (Japan Today)

Jul 22
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has ruled out the possibility that the central bank will introduce so-called "helicopter money," a policy in which the central bank would directly buy national bonds from the government. (Kyodo)
Jul 19
Japanese policymakers, who won't go as far as funding government spending through direct debt monetisation, might pursue a mix of aggressive fiscal and monetary expansion to battle deflation, say sources familiar with the matter. (Reuters)
Jul 17
A government survey on living conditions of households in Japan shows that 60 percent of the respondents are having difficulty making ends meet. (NHK)
Jul 17
Former Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama has expressed his willingness to serve on an international advisory committee for the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, AIIB. (NHK)
Jul 16
The Nikkei Stock Average racked up its largest weekly advance since November 1997, buoyed by a sharply weaker yen and headline makers. (Nikkei)

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