ECONOMY

Aug 27
Japanese housekeeping services will begin employing foreign workers in two experimental policy regions after restrictions are relaxed within the year, heading off a shortage of labor in the field. (Nikkei)
Aug 27
The average retail price of regular gasoline in Japan as of Monday decreased 1.5 yen from a week earlier to 136.7 yen per liter, hitting the lowest level since mid-February, the Natural Resources and Energy Agency said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 26
Japan stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Power, Financial Services and Insurance sectors led shares higher. (investing.com)
Aug 26
Recent global stock market sell-offs reflecting China's economic slowdown have begun to give rise to concerns about the possibly fading effects of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policy mix, dubbed Abenomics. (Jiji Press)
Aug 25
After a roller-coaster ride, stocks closed sharply lower again on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Tuesday, pushing down the benchmark Nikkei average below 18,000 to the lowest level in more than six months. (Japan Times)
Aug 25
The minimum hourly wage in Japan for fiscal 2015, which started in April, was raised by ¥18 from the previous year to ¥798 on average, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Monday. (Japan Times)
Aug 25
More people are becoming resigned to the prospect that crude oil will trade at depressed prices for a long stretch, with prices sliding Monday to levels not seen in roughly 6 1/2 years. (Nikkei)
Aug 24
Some 88 percent of major Japanese companies surveyed expect the economy to grow by the end of 2015, and nearly half of them plan to boost capital spending in the business year through March, a Kyodo News survey showed Saturday. (Kyodo)
Aug 22
For the upcoming My Number individual identification number system, the government will allow employees to apply for their ID number cards at their workplaces rather than in the offices of the municipalities where they live, as was initially to be required. (The Japan News)
Aug 21
The Japanese government on Thursday asked the World Trade Organization to set up a panel to rule on South Korea's import ban on Japanese fishery products following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster that Tokyo says violates international trade rules. (Kyodo)
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