ECONOMY

Nov 28
Crude oil futures in Tokyo have hit their lowest level in nearly 2 years after OPEC decided not to cut its output target. (NHK)
Nov 28
Japan's unemployment rate improved in October to 3.5 percent. Officials at the internal affairs ministry said on Friday that the jobless rate for last month fell by 0.1 percentage points from the 3.6 percent registered in September. (NHK)
Nov 27
Japanese stocks closed down on Thursday, as selling of Nikkei futures in the afternoon widened earlier losses driven by weak U.S. data and a stronger yen. (Reuters)
Nov 27
The prolonged depreciation of the yen could affect how people spend money on the upcoming year-end and New Year holidays. Prices are higher for imported food ingredients used for New Year foods, Christmas presents and the products for which bonuses are expected to be used. (The Japan News)
Nov 26
Japanese stocks edged down on Wednesday as investors cautiously awaited a slew of U.S. economic data and a holiday-shortened U.S. trading week dampened risk appetite, while Honda Motor Co fell sharply after under-reporting accidents. (Reuters)
Nov 26
When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could make the future even worse. (abcnews.go.com)
Nov 26
The brash Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has regularly shown a willingness to break taboos and cross lines. His remarkable speech Tuesday to business leaders was the latest example-he came close to trying to order executives to stop sitting on their rapidly accumulating profits, and to raise worker pay. (Wall Street Journal)
Nov 26
Japan's economy has slid into a recession following the April 1 consumption tax hike, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday, downgrading its projections for the nation's economic growth in 2014 and 2015. (Kyodo)
Nov 25
Tokyo stocks rose 0.29 percent on Tuesday in post-holiday trading after another record close on Wall Street and as the yen remained weak against the dollar. (brecorder.com)
Nov 25
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday the central bank is closely watching the impact of the yen's sharp fall against other major currencies following its additional monetary easing last month. (Kyodo)
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