ECONOMY

Sep 17
Foreign direct investment into China is continuing to shrink on the back of rising labor costs. (NHK)
Sep 17
The percentage of women at ages associated with child-rearing who are actively participating in the workforce has been increasing and recently hit a record high, according to a monthly survey by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. (The Japan News)
Sep 16
Tokyo shares ended the morning session lower on Tuesday as traders here intended to take profits after recent rally. (globalpost.com)
Sep 16
The South Korean government announced Monday it will examine whether it needs to keep in place its ban on imports of marine foods from eight Japanese prefectures including Fukushima, which was hit hard by the 2011 nuclear accident. (Jiji Press)
Sep 16
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Monday cut its economic outlook for the Group of Seven nations in 2014, including Japan, while expecting a moderate expansion to continue in most of the major economies. (Kyodo)
Sep 15
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he remained "neutral" on whether to proceed with a hike in Japan's sales tax to 10 per cent, adding that decision would hinge on the strength of economic indicators for the current quarter. (straitstimes.com)
Sep 13
Finance ministers from Asian and European nations on Friday expressed concerns over weak growth of the world economy. (Jiji Press)
Sep 13
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed relevant Cabinet ministers to compile a new basic space development program by the end of this year, in the backdrop of a rapidly changing national security environment. (NHK)
Sep 13
A conference on empowering women opened in Tokyo on Friday with more than 100 female leaders from around the world taking part. (NHK)
Sep 13
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged his Cabinet ministers to work out measures to revitalize regional communities. (NHK)
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