ECONOMY

May 31
The nation's labor market remained tight in April as job availability rose to the highest level in over 24 years and the unemployment rate remained flat at 3.2 percent, government data showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
May 31
Japanese investment in Southeast Asia continues to grow, owing to the region's potential and low labor costs, amid simmering tensions that reduce the appeal of China for some Japanese businesses. (bloomberg.com)
May 29
The leaders of Japan and Papua New Guinea have agreed the southwestern Pacific state will continue to provide a stable supply of liquefied natural gas to Japan. (NHK)
May 27
Leaders from the Group of Seven countries have agreed to support sustainable growth of the global economy through flexible fiscal spending, structural reform and every other available measure. (NHK)
May 25
Canadian trade minister Chrystia Freeland showed willingness to resume bilateral free trade talks with Japan in an interview with Jiji Press in Tokyo on Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
May 24
The Japanese government says it will increase funds for infrastructure exports over the next 5 years to 200 billion dollars. (NHK)
May 24
Japan's exports fell sharply in April and manufacturing activity suffered the fastest contraction since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe swept to power in late 2012, providing further evidence that the Abenomics stimulus policy is struggling for traction. (the-japan-news.com)
May 23
Economic damage from the recent strong earthquakes in Kumamoto Prefecture and nearby areas in southwestern Japan stands between some 2.4 trillion yen and 4.6 trillion yen, an estimate by the Cabinet Office said Monday. (Jiji Press)
May 20
The Japanese government on Thursday compiled a draft of its new growth strategy featuring the promotion a fourth industrial revolution aimed at boosting productivity through the use of new technologies such as the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence. (Jiji Press)
May 20
Top finance officials from the Group of Seven major industrial nations will meet in Japan this week amid diminishing expectations for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Abenomics growth policy. (Jiji Press)
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