ECONOMY

Feb 12
Stocks lost further ground Friday following the yen's sharp ascent and overnight plunges in stock markets overseas, with the benchmark Nikkei average closing below 15,000 for the first time in nearly 16 months. (Japan Times)
Feb 12
The balance of the government's debts amounted to ¥1.04 quadrillion at the end of 2015, down by ¥9.83 trillion from three months before, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 11
At its core, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic-revitalization plan was a bet that a committed central bank could jolt Japan out of decades of decline. But the failure of the bank to generate a sustained upswing, even after its most radical step yet in cutting interest rates to negative territory, suggests the "Abenomics" program has reached an impasse. (wsj.com)
Feb 09
The yield on the 10-year Japanese government bond turned negative for the first time ever Tuesday afternoon amid global financial turmoil, with Japan becoming the second country after Switzerland with a negative benchmark long-term interest rate. (Kyodo)
Feb 09
Japanese government data show that the average monthly salary in 2015 grew from a year earlier, but real wages adjusted for inflation actually fell for a 4th straight year. (NHK)
Feb 09
Just after the Bank of Japan reduced overnight rates one step further, going below zero (joining the ECB), would anybody expect the yen to rise in the coming period? (seekingalpha.com)
Feb 08
Japan's current account surplus grew more than six-fold in 2015 from the previous year to 16.64 trillion yen ($142 billion), boosted by a plunge in crude oil imports and a travel surplus amid the yen's depreciation, government data showed Monday. (Kyodo)
Feb 06
Japan and Iran signed a bilateral investment pact Friday in a move aimed at helping Japanese firms do business in the resource-rich country amid intensifying foreign competition for its market access. (Kyodo)
Feb 05
A push by the world's largest pension fund for permission to bypass asset managers when doing business in Japan's stock market has reportedly hit a wall. (bloomberg.com)
Feb 04
Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries including the United States gathered Thursday in New Zealand for the ceremonial signing of a free-trade deal they say will significantly boost trade. (Asahi)
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