ECONOMY

Apr 21
Japan and the United States on Tuesday failed to reach an agreement over thorny issues, such as an import quota for U.S. rice and automotive trade, at bilateral ministerial talks for a broader Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. (Jiji Press)
Apr 21
The government left its basic economic assessment unchanged from the previous month in its April monthly economic report released Monday. (The Japan News)
Apr 20
Tokyo shares ended slightly lower on Monday as sentiment here was punched by concerns over a possible debt default in Greece, but the downturn was held by Japanese earnings reports later in the week. (Global Post)
Apr 20
Japan's minister in charge of TPP negotiations and the US Trade Representative ended their first day talks in Tokyo on Sunday. (NHK)
Apr 18
Consumer confidence in Japan improved in March for the fourth straight month. (NHK)
Apr 17
Japan's Nikkei share average dropped to its lowest in more than a week on Friday after weaker-than-expected U.S. housing data soured the mood, and investors awaited Japanese corporate results coming out from next week. (thehindubusinessline.com)
Apr 17
The average hike in monthly salary agreed on between labor and management at 62 major Japanese companies in this year's "shunto" spring wage talks hit a 21-year high of 8,502 yen, up 2.59 pct, the Japan Business Federation said in an interim survey report Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Apr 17
The US Treasury Department says Japan overtook China in February as the top foreign holder of US government bonds. (NHK)
Apr 16
Japanese stocks edged up on Thursday, as buying in oil and mining shares reversed early losses, offsetting profit-taking in recent gainers such as food stocks, while Sharp Corp surged on restructuring hopes. (Reuters)
Apr 16
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development urged Japan on Wednesday to boost economic growth through bold structural reforms. (Jiji Press)
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