ECONOMY

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)
Dec 17
The Japanese government has revised upwards its tax-revenue estimates for the current fiscal year. Officials say revenue will exceed the projection they made late last year by 1.7 trillion yen, or about 14.5 billion dollars. (NHK)
Dec 17
Total direct foreign investment in China is up marginally this year. But that from Japan continues to decline. (NHK)
Dec 16
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has asked leaders of the business community to continuously raise worker wages. Business leaders pledged to make their utmost efforts to do so. (NHK)
Dec 16
Tokyo stocks sank 2.01 percent Tuesday, following heavy losses on Wall Street and a plunge in oil prices, while a stronger yen hit exporters. (globalpost.com)
Dec 16
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got down to work on Monday to launch his third Cabinet, following the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito's resounding victory in Sunday's House of Representatives election. (The Japan News)
Dec 16
The government is considering a system that would reduce the taxable income of a household's main breadwinner by a specific sum regardless of how much their spouse earns, government sources said. (The Japan News)
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