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Apr 25 Summit brings no TPP breakthrough
While the focus of the latest Japan-U.S. bilateral talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership multinational trade agreement was whether the two sides could make a breakthrough on such key issues as how to deal with tariffs imposed on pork, no agreement was reached in Thursday's meeting. (The Japan News )
Apr 24 Tokyo stocks close down 0.97pc, Nikkei 225 index ended down 141.28 points
Tokyo stocks closed down 0.97 percent on Thursday as US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe failed to announce any breakthrough in negotiations over a huge trans-Pacific trade deal. (brecorder.com )
Apr 23 Tokyo stocks close up 1.09pc, Nikkei 225 index closed 157.50 points
Tokyo stocks ended 1.09 percent higher Wednesday, buoyed by another day of gains on Wall Street and as railway and hotels giant Seibu Holdings rose nearly 11 percent on its return to the Japanese market. (brecorder.com )
Apr 23 Japan eyes promoting performance-based pay system
The Japanese government is considering allowing companies to apply a performance-based pay system to a wider range of employees and to stop paying overtime wages, it was learned Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 23 Weak yen unable to curb ballooning trade deficit
Finance Ministry statistics have cast a dark cloud over government strategy to conquer deflation and improve the balance of trade through depreciation of the yen. The figures show that the weak yen has so far failed to spur Japan's exports as much as expected. (The Japan News )
Apr 22 Nikkei falls in thin trade on caution over earnings, Ukraine
Tokyo shares dropped on Tuesday, unable to maintain earlier gains, on caution over upcoming Japanese corporate earnings reports and tensions in Ukraine. (Reuters )
Apr 22 Labor shortage hits major industries
With the economy appearing to be on the road to recovery, a wide range of industries, from construction and manufacturing to restaurants, are facing labor shortages. (The Japan News )
Apr 22 Japan, U.S. resume trade talks ahead of Obama's visit
The Japanese and U.S. governments resumed working-level bilateral talks under the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative on Monday, two days ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Japan. (Jiji Press )
Apr 22 Japan overhauls its public pension fund, the world's biggest
Japan overhauled the world's biggest public pension fund on Tuesday, appointing new committee members, in a push toward Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's goal of a more aggressive investment strategy. (theglobeandmail.com )
Apr 21 Tokyo stocks end lower after wiping out gains
Stocks failed to sustain their earlier strength supported by the yen's weakness and ended lower on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Monday. (The Japan News )
Apr 21 Japan logs record trade deficit of 13.75 tril. yen in FY 2013
Japan logged a record trade deficit of 13.75 trillion yen in fiscal 2013, up 68.5 percent from a year earlier, as a surge in energy imports amid the prolonged halt of nuclear power plants dwarfed growth in exports, the Finance Ministry said Monday. (Kyodo )
Apr 21 Japan, U.S. OK 9% floor on beef tariff
Japan and the United States have agreed in bilateral talks held in connection with the Trans-Pacific Partnership accord negotiations that the tariff on imported U.S. beef will be "9 percent or more," according to government sources. (The Japan News )
Apr 19 Japan to abolish tariff on Aussie oranges during Summer
Japan's agricultural ministry said Friday that the country will abolish its 16 pct tariff on oranges from Australia during the June-September summer season in stages over 10 years after a bilateral economic partnership agreement takes effect. (Jiji Press )
Apr 18 Tokyo stocks close up 0.68pc, Nikkei 225 index added 98.74 points
Tokyo stocks rose 0.68 percent in quiet trade Friday as a weaker yen boosted exporter shares following a mixed session on Wall Street. (brecorder.com )
Apr 18 Govt. revises down economic assessment
Japan's government downgraded its assessment for the current state of the country's economy. This is partly due to a downturn in demand after the consumption tax hike. The downward revision is the first in 17 months. (NHK )
Apr 18 Wage hike exceeds Y7,000 for 1st time in 16 years
This spring's labor-management wage negotiations have so far resulted in an average monthly wage increase of ¥7,697 among union members at major companies, according to the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren). (The Japan News )
Apr 17 Asia stocks subdued, Nikkei weak on profit taking
Asian stock markets were subdued on Thursday, with Japan's Nikkei faltering as investors locked in profits after a strong rally. (AP )
Apr 17 Japan official says differences on TPP narrowing
Negotiators from Japan and the United States haven't been able to make a breakthrough yet at the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks. But a Japanese official says the 2-sides have made some progress. (NHK )
Apr 16 BOJ's Kuroda maintains positive view on economy
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Wednesday affirmed the central bank's upbeat view of the economy, even as global financial markets wobble, stressing that growth will pick up around mid-year as the sting of a sales tax hike fades. (Reuters )
Apr 16 Nikkei surges, SoftBank jumps on Alibaba earnings
Japan's Nikkei share average surged on Wednesday after a better performance on Wall Street the day before and comments from Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso that the market took to suggest more stock buying by the government's pension fund. (Reuters )
Apr 16 Survey: Many Japanese firms need fresh capital
Many Japanese companies say they need more capital. That's seen as an indication that they're more positive about expanding their business. (NHK )
Apr 15 BOJ to adjust monetary policy if necessary: Kuroda
The Bank of Japan is ready to adjust monetary policy if necessary, BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 15 Nikkei recovers from six-month lows as solid U.S. data, weak yen soothe sentiment
Japanese stocks rebounded from six-month lows on Tuesday after strong U.S. retail sales data helped calm nerves amid the backdrop of an escalating crisis in Ukraine, pulling the yen down and supporting exporters. (Reuters )
Apr 15 Will Japan's tax hike hobble the rest of Asia?
Japan's sales tax hike isn't just spurring concerns that its domestic economy may slow, some analysts worry the malaise may spread to other countries in the region. (cnbc.com )
Apr 14 Nikkei ends lower
Tokyo stocks slipped 0.36 percent Monday, weighed by losses on Wall Street last week and the yen's rise as tensions in Ukraine escalate. (The Standard )
Apr 12 Elderly households seen exceeding 40 pct in Japan in 2035
The percentage of households headed by people aged 65 or over is expected to exceed 40 pct in 41 of Japan's 47 prefectures in 2035, a research institute affiliated with the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry estimated Friday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 11 Tokyo shares end worst week since 2011 earthquake
Tokyo stocks ended their worst single week since the disastrous earthquake-induced fall of three years ago, hurt by a combination of Wall Street weakness, foreign selling and an earnings forecast cut by influential apparel seller Fast Retailing. (Wall Street Journal )
Apr 11 Japan, U.S. remain far apart over TPP after marathon talks
Japan and the United States on Thursday remained far apart after marathon talks over key matters in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, clouding the outlook for reaching a broad agreement during a U.S.-Japan summit in Tokyo later this month. (Kyodo )
Apr 10 Nikkei ends flat as weak China data offsets Fed optimism
Japanese stocks ended flat in lacklustre trade on Thursday after disappointing China trade data erased early gains made when minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's monetary meeting eased worries over the timing of rate hikes. (Reuters )
Apr 10 Kuroda tweaks messaging but not policy
Japan's central bank governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, gave the yen its biggest boost in over seven months and sent Tokyo stocks tumbling with hawkish comments this week, but his aim was more to jolt market psychology than to signal a change in policy. (Reuters )
Apr 10 OECD urges Japan to raise female employment rate
The head of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says Japan needs more women in the labor market. (NHK )
Apr 10 Tax panel seeks income data with 'My Number' bank link
Members of the government's Tax Commission have agreed that expanding the so-called My Number personal identification system to bank accounts should be discussed soon, the chairman of the commission has said. (The Japan News )
Apr 09 Japan, U.S. trade chiefs aim for TPP progress before Obama visit
Japanese and U.S. trade chiefs met Wednesday to discuss remaining bilateral issues related to ongoing Pacific trade talks, striving to break the stalemate in negotiations with U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo two weeks away. (Kyodo )
Apr 09 Nikkei slides 2.1 pct to 3-week low after BOJ quells stimulus hopes
Japanese stocks stumbled 2.1 percent to a three-week low on Wednesday after the Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda raised doubts over whether the central bank will ease its policy stance anytime soon, sending the yen higher. (Reuters )
Apr 08 BOJ leaves monetary policy intact
The Bank of Japan on Tuesday kept unchanged its policy target of increasing the country's monetary base at an annual pace of about 60 trillion to 70 trillion yen. (Jiji Press )
Apr 08 Tokyo stocks down for 3rd day in row
Share prices in Tokyo closed lower for the 3rd trading day in a row on Tuesday. Cautious views about the US economic outlook prompted investors to sell off their stocks. (NHK )
Apr 08 Japan posts 1st current account surplus in 5 months in Feb.
Japan posted its first current account surplus in five months in February, as growth in securities investment income outweighed a trade deficit stemming from surging fossil energy imports, government data showed Tuesday. (Kyodo )
Apr 08 Japan pension fund move hailed
Market watchers welcomed a decision by Japan's largest pension fund manager to revamp its conservative Japanese stock investing strategy. (Wall Street Journal )
Apr 07 Australia concludes free trade agreement with Japan
Australia has concluded a landmark free trade deal with Japan that will add hundreds of millions of dollars to beef sales and deliver similar gains to other food producers by slashing barriers for exporters. (The Australian )
Apr 07 Tokyo shares end 1.69pc lower, Nikkei-225 index lost 254.92 points
Tokyo stocks fell 1.69 percent Monday following a heavy sell-off on Wall Street, while the yen strengthened against the dollar, denting exporter shares. (brecorder.com )
Apr 06 Abe enjoys shopping after tax hike
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went on a shopping spree Saturday in a move to encourage Japanese consumers to spend after the consumption tax was raised from 5 pct to 8 pct on Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Apr 06 Japan, Aussie Ministers Have Tough EPA Talks
Japanese and Australian ministers had tough talks in Tokyo Saturday on the fate of Japanese tariffs on beef as the two countries are striving to clinch a bilateral economic partnership agreement for free trade. (Jiji Press )
Apr 05 Japan to allow foreigners to work longer in construction sector
The government decided on Friday to allow foreigners in Japan's on-the-spot job training program to work in the country's construction sector for up to six years, double the current length, as an emergency measure to ease the serious labor shortages crippling the industry. (Jiji Press )
Apr 05 Monetary easing worked, but is more needed?
Friday marked a full year since the Bank of Japan introduced its quantitative and qualitative monetary easing measures. (The Japan News )
Apr 04 Out of the zone
For Izumi Yoshimura, an estate agent in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district, the increase in the consumption tax on April 1st from 5% to 8% is a triple blow. It lifts her cost of living; she will need to rejig her firm's computer systems at great expense; and her commissions are likely to fall along with sales of apartments. (The Economist )
Apr 04 Nikkei slips from 3-week high; BOJ stimulus bets limit losses
Japanese shares eased off a three-week high on Friday on caution before the release of US jobs data, but speculation that the Bank of Japan may adopt more stimulus next week underpinned shares of real estate and brokerage firms. (Economic Times )
Apr 04 United States urges Japan to make good on trade promises
Japan has to live up to commitments to open its markets as part of talks to create a Pacific free trade zone, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said on Thursday. (Reuters )
Apr 03 Nikkei rises to 3-week high on China hopes, weak yen after solid US data
Japanese stocks rose to a three-week high on Thursday, helped by gains in construction equipment makers on news China is taking steps to stimulate its economy, and as the dollar hit a 10-week high to the yen after solid US economic data. (Economic Times )
Apr 03 Companies predict 5yr sustained price gains
Japanese companies forecast price gains will be sustained over the next five years, indicating confidence in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to stamp out deflation. (The Japan News )
Apr 02 Tokyo stocks close up 1.04pc
Tokyo shares rose 1.04 percent Wednesday, tracking a rally on Wall Street following solid manufacturing data and a Federal Reserve assurance of support for the US economy. (thepeninsulaqatar.com )
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