ECONOMY

Jul 30
The United States is considering expanding its low-tariff import quota for Japanese beef and eventually remove its tariffs on imports within the quota, sources familiar with discussions between Tokyo and Washington said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 30
A subcommittee of a labor ministry panel agreed Wednesday to recommend that the country's minimum hourly wage be raised by ¥18 on average for fiscal 2015, which started in April. (The Japan News)
Jul 30
The Finance Ministry on Wednesday upgraded its overall assessment of Japan's regional economies for the three months through late July, saying they are "recovering moderately" on solid private consumption and employment conditions. (Kyodo)
Jul 29
The government plans to abolish tariffs for imported wine, chicken and some other items in stages over several years under the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade framework, it has been learned. (The Japan News)
Jul 24
Japan stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Machinery, Banking and Warehousing sectors led shares lower. (investing.com)
Jul 23
Stocks staged a rebound on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Thursday, helped by buybacks after the previous day's tumble. (Japan Times)
Jul 22
Tokyo stock prices have fallen for the first time in 7 trading days as sell orders for a wide range of issues were placed for profit-taking. (NHK)
Jul 16
The Bank of Japan said Wednesday that it has cut is projection on year-on-year growth in the country's core consumer price index for fiscal 2016 to 1.9 pct from the previous estimate of 2.0 pct in April. (Jiji Press)
Jul 15
The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady and largely maintained its upbeat inflation forecasts on Wednesday, even as soft exports and household spending forced it to trim its economic growth projection slightly. ()
Jul 15
Negative calls on Japan's market remain few and far between even after a nearly non-stop rally for more than two years, suggesting confidence in the economic revival may not be misplaced. (cnbc.com)
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