ECONOMY – 4

Sep 01
Japan and China have agreed to step up their economic and financial cooperation. (NHK)
Sep 01
Japan's social security costs hit record high in fiscal 2016 of more than one trillion dollars as the population continues to age. (NHK)
Aug 18
The national health insurance program underwent a major reform at the start of fiscal 2018 that saw prefectures, rather than municipalities, begin managing the deficit-ridden system to improve its financial base. (Japan Times)
Aug 07
The Bank of Japan last week decided to allow the yield on the 10-year government bond to move in a wider range. (NHK)
Aug 04
China's stock market has been overtaken as the world's second-biggest by Japan's, having been swiped this year by the threat of a trade war with the United States and slowing economic growth. (Japan Today)

Aug 03
Japanese work notoriously hard—to which the abundance of comatose passengers on the commuter trains attests. (The Economist)
Aug 01
Japan will support Britain in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership accord as both countries seek to promote free and rules-based trade, economy revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Aug 01
The Bank of Japan's decision on Tuesday to continue "powerful monetary easing" but to also allow long-term interest rates to move in a wider band reflects the dilemma faced by Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda. (Nikkei)
Jul 28
The influx of cash into Japan's biggest banks and their parking of such money at the Bank of Japan are putting large commercial banks on the verge of having to pay the central bank interest on deposits there for the first time in two years. (Nikkei)
Jul 27
Vegetable prices have spiked as much as 65 percent amid a grueling two-week long heat wave that drove temperatures Wednesday to records in some regions, including areas where recovery and cleanup efforts are underway after devastating floods and landslides. (Japan Times)

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