ECONOMY

Nov 01
Japan's public pension fund said Friday it will double allocations to domestic and foreign stocks while curbing investment in domestic bonds. (Jiji Press)
Nov 01
Japanese women still receive lower wages than Japanese men do, with a high proportion of women working part-time, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 01
In a surprise move, the Bank of Japan decided to ease its monetary policy further at a Policy Board meeting on Friday, demonstrating its resolve to help shore up the country's economy and reach its 2 percent inflation goal. (The Japan News)
Oct 31
Japan's inflation rate fell to its lowest in nearly a year and a measure of job creation worsened for the first time in more than three years, highlighting the divergence between developments in the economy and policy makers' optimistic projections. (Wall Street Journal)
Oct 31
Tokyo shares soared 4.83 per cent to a seven-year high on Friday after the Bank of Japan ramped up its vast monetary easing programme, sending the yen into freefall. (straitstimes.com)
Oct 30
Tokyo stocks rose 0.67 percent on Thursday after the dollar hit a three-week high against the yen in response to the US Federal Reserve's decision to bring an end to its stimulus programme. (brecorder.com)
Oct 29
Stocks in Tokyo gained on Wednesday, leading Asian markets higher as investors awaited a decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve on quantitative easing. (investing.com)
Oct 29
Japan came in 104th in the World Economic Forum's gender equality rankings for 2014, up from 105th the previous year but still far behind other major industrialized nations, the Geneva-based group said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
Oct 28
Japanese stocks slipped on Tuesday as investors awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, but retailers bucked the trend on stronger-than-expected sales growth. (Reuters)
Oct 25
Trade chiefs from 12 countries involved in an ambitious Pacific free trade initiative started a three-day meeting Saturday in Sydney in a bid to make progress toward a U.S.-proposed goal of reaching a deal by year-end. (Kyodo)
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