ECONOMY

Dec 23
The Japanese government has decided to extend the application of the social identification numbering system to individual bank accounts, it was learned Monday. (Jiji Press)
Dec 23
The Japanese government is considering setting the scale of general-account spending at 97 trillion to 98 trillion yen in its fiscal 2015 initial budget draft, to be adopted at a cabinet meeting as early as Jan. 14, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press)
Dec 22
The government and the ruling parties will likely add the minivehicle tax to the list of taxes subject to reduction for eco-friendly cars, starting in fiscal 2015, government sources said. (The Japan News)
Dec 19
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says from next spring he will designate special local zones where the government promotes deregulation and supports regional economic revival. (NHK)
Dec 19
The Bank of Japan decided Friday to maintain its easy monetary policy and assessment of the economy, upgrading part of its evaluation of economic activities at its last policy meeting of the year. (Kyodo)
Dec 19
Tokyo shares ended Friday sharply higher on weaker yen and the U.S. Federal Reserve's assurance that it could be patient in raising its key interest rate. (shanghaidaily.com)
Dec 19
Financial assets held by Japanese households rose to a record high at the end of September. (NHK)
Dec 18
The Nikkei index rallied sharply to retake the 17,000 level Thursday as the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled it was in no rush to raise its key interest rate. (Nikkei)
Dec 18
Japan's trade balance remained in the red for the 29th straight month in November. That's the longest streak since comparable data became available in 1979. (NHK)
Dec 17
Japan's exports grew 4.9% in value in November but fell 1.7% by volume, the latest indication that a weaker yen has failed to stoke exports and real economic activity. (Wall Street Journal)
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