ECONOMY

Sep 22
As part of efforts to transform increasingly depopulated regional cities into "compact cities," the central government will encourage local governments to relocate aged public facilities to the premises or buildings of regional offices that are scheduled to be rebuilt by the national government, according to sources. (The Japan News)
Sep 21
Finance chiefs of the Group of 20 industrial and developing economies agreed Sunday to take additional measures to ensure meeting their commitment to a growth target amid increasing risks. (Kyodo)
Sep 20
The recent rapid weakening of the yen against the U.S. dollar has brought both joy and sorrow to Japanese firms. (The Japan News)
Sep 19
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index has closed at its highest level in nearly seven years, with the tumbling yen propelling the Japanese market and investors breathing a sigh of relief over Scotland's vote to stay in the United Kingdom. (businessspectator.com.au)
Sep 19
The average price of residential land in Japan's three metropolitan areas in and around Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya as of July 1 rose from a year before, up for the first time in six years, the land ministry said in an annual report Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 18
Japan's Nikkei share average closed at a new eight-month high and posted the biggest daily rise in two weeks on Thursday, with a weak yen giving exporters a boost despite disappointing trade data which showed the softer currency is not significantly buoying sales. (Reuters)
Sep 18
The lower yen benefits automakers and other domestic manufacturers who rely on exports, as their products can be sold at more competitive prices abroad, but a sharp weakening of the yen can also harm the Japanese economy. (Kyodo)
Sep 17
Japanese shares fell for a second day, after the Topix (TPX) index posted five days of gains, as investors await a policy decision by the Federal Reserve. (businessweek.com)
Sep 17
Foreign direct investment into China is continuing to shrink on the back of rising labor costs. (NHK)
Sep 17
The percentage of women at ages associated with child-rearing who are actively participating in the workforce has been increasing and recently hit a record high, according to a monthly survey by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. (The Japan News)
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