ECONOMY

May 22
Tokyo shares ended higher on Friday with the benchmark Nikkei index logging a sixth straight day of gaining on the Bank of Japan's decision to maintain its ultra- loose monetary policy. (shanghaidaily.com)
May 22
The Bank of Japan decided Friday to maintain its current monetary easing policy and assessment of the economy as recovering moderately, while upgrading views on personal consumption and housing investment after waning of adverse effects of last year's sales tax hike. (Kyodo)
May 22
Japan will provide a total of 110 billion dollars over the next five years to boost by 30 pct financial assistance for promoting infrastructure development in other Asian countries, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
May 21
Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat on Thursday after hitting a fresh 15-year high as investors took profits ahead of the Bank of Japan's two-day policy meeting on Friday. (thehindubusinessline.com)
May 20
Japanese stocks closed at a 15-year peak on Wednesday, helped by data showing a surprisingly rapid pace of domestic economic growth in the January-March quarter. (webindia123.com)
May 20
The Japanese economy grew an annualized real 2.4 percent in the first quarter of 2015, the government said Wednesday, indicating it is on a moderate recovery track following a setback triggered by last year's consumption tax hike. (Kyodo)
May 20
Sales at department stores in Japan marked double-digit growth in April, for the first year-on-year increase in 2 months. (NHK)
May 19
Farmers in Japan are closely watching talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal. They want the government to maintain tariffs on key agricultural products. (NHK)
May 19
The benchmark Nikkei average rose on overnight rises in European and U.S. markets on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Tuesday, closing above 20,000 for the first time in about three weeks. (Japan Times)
May 18
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday to a near 3-week high, bolstered by gains in the insurance sector after Dai-ichi Life announced higher shareholder payouts. (Reuters)
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