ECONOMY – 6

Jun 30
Japan's unemployment rate fell to the lowest level in more than 25 years in May in the latest sign of a strengthening economy, government data showed Friday, but rising job availability underscored the shortage of workers amid a shrinking population. (Japan Today)
Jun 30
The Diet, Japan's parliament, enacted on Friday a work style reform bill that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe regards as the most important legislation in its ongoing session. (Jiji)
Jun 30
Trading volume on the Tokyo Stock Exchange has slumped to the lowest level in 14 years, while Shanghai shares have fallen six weeks in a row, underscoring investor concern over U.S.-China tariff tensions. (Nikkei)
Jun 23
The effects of Monday's major earthquake in northern Osaka Prefecture are forecast to push down Japan's real gross domestic product by 183.5 billion yen, SMBC Nikko Securities Inc. has said. (Jiji)
Jun 22
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and other central bank chiefs expressed their concerns on Wednesday over escalating trade tensions stemming from U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist policy. (Jiji)

Jun 22
The United States has granted exemptions to some products from Japan and four other countries from its additional tariffs on steel imports, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. (Jiji)
Jun 21
Japan's largest banks have buoyed earnings with high-interest cash advances over the last few years, but these loans are starting to take a toll as irrecoverable debt piles up. (Nikkei)
Jun 17
With Japan now planning to open its doors to more foreign workers, academics and other observers are beginning to wonder exactly what kind of turn the country is in for -- one that lifts the economy or one that delivers discord. (Nikkei)
Jun 16
Japan's Cabinet has approved basic economic and fiscal policies that include measures to reconstruct state finances and address labor shortages. (NHK)
Jun 15
The Bank of Japan decided to leave its ultraeasy monetary policy unchanged at its two-day Policy Board meeting that ended on Friday, further lagging behind its U.S. and European counterparts in policy normalization. (Jiji)

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