ECONOMY

May 04
Japan's public and private sectors will work together to improve the quality and amount of infrastructure investment in Asia, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Sunday. (Jiji Press)
May 03
The head of the Asian Development Bank has agreed to cooperate with the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on development in the region. (NHK)
May 01
Japan's core inflation rate edged up in March and unemployment eased slightly, according to data released Friday, offering glimmers of promise for the world's No. 3 economy as it struggles to get growth back on track after years of stagnation. (Japan Today)
May 01
The Bank of Japan on Thursday trimmed its price forecasts and delayed the timing of achieving its 2 percent inflation target due to weak consumption following last year's consumption tax hike, but the central bank stood pat on monetary policy. (Kyodo)
May 01
The Liberal Democratic Party is considering the idea of using so-called dormant deposits - money in bank accounts that have had no deposit or withdrawal activity for 10 years or longer - to support public-interest activities, party officials said. (The Japan News)
Apr 30
Japanese shares suffered their biggest loss in four months on Thursday on weak U.S. growth figures and lacklustre earnings from Japanese companies including Honda Motor. (Reuters)
Apr 30
Japan's central bank has defied expectations it might expand its monetary stimulus to help get growth back on track, keeping policy unchanged despite data showing factory output fell in March. (Japan Today)
Apr 29
The industry ministry Tuesday proposed lowering the country's reliance on nuclear power to 20 percent-22 percent of all sources of electricity by fiscal 2030 from 28.6 percent in fiscal 2010. (The Japan News)
Apr 28
Tokyo stocks staged modest gains on Tuesday, as strong buying in earnings-related performers such as Fanuc and Denso helped the Nikkei Stock Average snap a two-day slide. (dailytelegraph.com.au)
Apr 28
Japan's already less-than-sterling credit rating took another hit from Fitch's downgrade Monday, but the country's bonds and currency are likely to remain impervious to the blow. (cnbc.com)
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