ECONOMY

Aug 29
Tokyo stocks lost 0.23 percent Friday following a weak slate of Japanese data while investors were also spooked by renewed Ukraine-Russia tensions. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
Aug 29
Japan's vital signs remained weak in July, as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy. (washingtonpost.com)
Aug 29
The minimum hourly wage in Japan for fiscal 2014 will increase by 16 yen from the previous year to 780 yen on average, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 29
More Japanese companies are taking advantage of ultralow long-term interest rates to issue bonds carrying rock-bottom costs. (Nikkei)
Aug 28
Japanese shares fell, with the Topix (TPX) index extending its weekly loss, as the yen headed for a second day of gains and steel companies slid. (businessweek.com)
Aug 27
Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Wednesday after U.S. shares extended their gains and the S&P 500 closed above the 2,000 mark for the first time. (Reuters)
Aug 27
Japan's services producer price index in July rose 3.7 pct from a year before, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 26
With its contribution now rivaling that of the auto industry in at least one estimate, tourism is fast becoming a key focus of Japan's economic policy. (Japan Times)
Aug 26
Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday in thin trade as profit-taking accelerated in late trade after the weak yen trend paused, taking a toll on exporters and index-heavyweight stocks such as Honda Motor Co and SoftBank Corp. (Reuters)
Aug 26
Japan plans to require from as early as next fiscal year individuals wishing to open bank accounts to show photo identification in a move against money laundering. (Nikkei)
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