ECONOMY

Oct 21
The Bank of Japan has downgraded its economic assessment for one of nine regions in Japan, but has kept the assessment for the others unchanged. (NHK)
Oct 20
Tokyo stocks jumped 3.98 per cent on Monday, notching up their biggest one-day points gain in over a year following a sharp rise on Wall Street and as a weaker yen boosted exporters. (businesstimes)
Oct 20
Japan's planned consumption tax hike would be "meaningless" should it give too much damage on the country's economy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said in an interview with the major British daily Financial Times. (Jiji Press)
Oct 17
Tokyo stocks fell 1.40 percent to close at a five-month low on Friday, hit by a stronger yen and growing concerns about the global economy. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
Oct 16
Asian shares were off session lows but still nursed losses amid a selloff in global equities on Thursday, as heightened concerns about world economic growth sent U.S. Treasury yields down and Japanese stocks tumbling. (Reuters)
Oct 15
Singapore's retirement income system is the most desirable in Asia, according to the latest report by U.S.-based consulting firm Mercer and Australian Centre for Financial Studies. The city-state was ranked 10th out of 25 countries in the global survey. Meanwhile, all other Asian countries in the report -- Japan, China, Indonesia, South Korea and India -- were ranked toward the bottom of the list. (Nikkei)
Oct 15
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry started discussions Wednesday to revamp the country's feed-in tariff program for electricity generated with renewable energy such as solar and wind power. (Jiji Press)
Oct 15
Japan's Nikkei share average tumbled 2.4 percent to a fresh two-month closing low on Tuesday on fears global economic weakness will weigh on US growth, while a stronger yen dragged down exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co. (brecorder.com)
Oct 15
Rising concern over a possible global outbreak of Ebola, especially in the wake of the new cases in Spain and the U.S., is putting investors on edge and has begun affecting the global economy. (Nikkei)
Oct 15
China is calling for commitment by the leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum at a November summit in Beijing toward the creation of a Pacific-rim free trade area by 2025, according to a draft of a post-summit leaders' declaration. (Kyodo)
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