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Feb 23
The recovery in Japan's economy has yet to reach the public, according to Nikkei Inc.'s latest opinion poll, with 81% of respondents saying they have not sensed any tangible improvement. (Nikkei)
Feb 21
Japan's national mint has begun making commemorative coins to help finance reconstruction projects in areas hit by the massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. (NHK)
Feb 21
The Sankei Shimbun, a Japanese daily, has a reputation for illiberal commentary. Last week it outdid itself by running a column that lauded the segregation of races in apartheid-era South Africa-and urged Japan to do the same. (The Economist)
Feb 21
Japan's economy is hobbling out of a recession, inflation is a quarter of the central bank's target and wages adjusted for price changes fell last year. And yet sales of luxury goods are growing and the stock market hita 15- year high. (businessoffashion.com)
Feb 20
Japanese stocks rose to a fresh 15-year high on Friday, continuing a trend that analysts said could signal that the world's third largest economy is reaching escape velocity from deflation despite the fact that the Bank of Japan is having increasing difficulty in reaching its official inflation target. (businesstimes.com.sg)
Feb 19
Japanese stocks rose to a 15-year high on Thursday, helped by gains in financial stocks, while Sony Corp jumped on a well-received business plan. (Reuters)
Feb 19
Japan posted a customs-cleared trade deficit of 1,177.5 billion yen in January, compared with the year-before deficit of 2,795 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Feb 18
Japan's Nikkei share average closed at a fresh eight-year high on Wednesday after U.S. stocks rallied on hopes that a debt deal would be reached with Greece, while investors digested the Bank of Japan's decision to keep policy unchanged. (Reuters)
Feb 18
The Bank of Japan has held off launching fresh stimulus, even as weak growth figures earlier this week aggravate concerns about the strength of a recovery in the world's number three economy. (theaustralian.com.au)
Feb 17
Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday, retreating from a near eight-year high after talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers on a new debt deal collapsed. (Reuters)
Feb 16
The Nikkei Stock Average ended at a more than seven-year high Monday after data showed the Japanese economy rebounded from recession in the last quarter of 2014. (Kyodo)
Feb 16
Japan's economy rebounded from recession to grow an annualized 2.2 percent in the final quarter of last year, giving a much-needed boost to premier Shinzo Abe's efforts to shake off decades of stagnation even as the global outlook deteriorates. (Reuters)
Feb 16
Japan's economy likely rebounded from recession in the final quarter of last year, data on Monday is set to show, giving a much needed boost to premier Shinzo Abe's efforts to steer the country out of decades of stagnation. (Reuters)
Feb 15
The Japanese and South Korean governments plan to terminate their bilateral currency swap arrangement, which is designed to help each other in case of emergency such as a financial crisis, informed sources said Saturday. (Jiji Press)
Feb 15
In Thomas Piketty's bestseller, "Capital in the Twenty-First Century", Japan appears as another rich country in which wealth is becoming ever more concentrated. (businessinsider.com)
Feb 15
This is something of a surprise actually, and it's also an interesting indicator of just how fast economic growth can be. Average wages in South Korea are now higher than they are in Japan. (forbes.com)
Feb 13
Achieving a primary budget surplus in five years will require Japan to shrink its current deficit by an annual 2.5 trillion yen ($21 billion) through a combination of economic growth and spending cuts. (Nikkei)
Feb 12
Tokyo's Nikkei index surged Thursday to end at its highest level in more than seven years, boosted by a weak yen and upbeat machinery orders, while investors shrugged off concerns about floundering Greek debt talks. (globalpost.com)
Feb 12
Last October, Japan's powerful farm lobby, the Japan Agriculture Cooperative (JA), still had the clout to stall Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial negotiations between Japan and the U.S. over tariffs on sensitive farm products. (thediplomat.com)
Feb 11
Top finance officials from the Group of 20 major economies expressed concerns Tuesday about what they saw as slow economic growth in Japan and Europe. (Jiji Press)
Feb 11
The total value of exported agricultural, forestry and fishery products surpassed ¥600 billion last year for the first time ever, hitting a new record for the second year in a row, apparently due to the growing popularity of Japanese washoku traditional cuisine, government data show. (The Japan News)
Feb 11
Japan's public debt totaled 1,029,920.5 billion yen at the end of December 2014, the Finance Ministry said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Feb 11
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Mongolian counterpart Chimed Saikhanbileg signed a free trade agreement at a summit meeting Tuesday, aiming to boost bilateral economic and political relations. (Kyodo)
Feb 10
Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Tuesday as Greece's rejection of its bailout terms fuelled concerns fresh turmoil in the euro zone, but Nissan Motor Co attracted buying on rosy forecasts. (Economic Times)
Feb 10
The government and the Liberal Democratic Party have reached a broad agreement with the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives (JA-Zenchu) on the government's plan to reform agricultural cooperatives, the main pillar of which is to abolish JA-Zenchu's right to supervise and audit regional cooperatives. (The Japan News)
Feb 09
Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Monday as the yen weakened against the dollar after strong U.S. jobs data, but gains were limited as weak Chinese trade numbers capped risk appetite. (Reuters)
Feb 09
Japan's current account surplus shrank nearly a fifth to a record low US$22 billion in 2014, the fourth straight annual fall, as its trade deficit swelled amid a weak yen, official data showed Monday (Feb 9). (channelnewsasia.com)
Feb 07
Data released Friday suggested Japan's economy may have bottomed out and could be set for expansion after an April sales tax increase damped consumer sentiment. (nasdaq.com)
Feb 06
Tokyo stocks closed 0.82 percent up Friday, boosted by sharp gains on Wall Street and reassurances from the European Central Bank that Greek lenders will get access to funding. (arynews.tv)
Feb 05
Tokyo stocks fell 0.98 percent Thursday, as investors worried about Greece's debt negotiations while a stronger yen weighed on the market, but Sony surged to a near five-year high after lifting its earnings outlook. (globalpost.com)
Feb 04
Japan's government unexpectedly delayed a widely expected nomination to the Bank of Japan's policy board on Wednesday, raising concerns the appointment could become ensnared in a political battle with opposition parties. (Reuters)
Feb 04
Japanese shares posted their biggest gains in more than two weeks on Wednesday after Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group's strong results lifted financial shares, and hopes for a new Greek debt swap deal and a stabilization in oil prices underpinned broader sentiment. (Reuters)
Feb 04
The average monthly wages in Japan in 2014 rose 0.8 pct from the previous year to 316,694 yen, the first increase in four years, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in a preliminary report Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Feb 03
Japanese stocks extended early losses and fell to a 1-1/2-week low on Tuesday as the results of the new 10-year Japanese government bonds auction were weaker than expected, with worries about global growth also weighing on risk appetite. (Reuters)
Feb 03
Negotiators of the Trans Pacific Partnership free trade pact have reached a deal on copyright duration in principle. The plan is for copyrights to last for 70 years. (NHK)
Feb 03
Japanese banks are racing to cut mortgage rates on the back of lower long-term interest rates, prompting the Financial Services Agency to check whether banks are managing risks responsibly. (Nikkei)
Feb 02
Japanese share prices fell on Monday after soft U.S. and China economic data raised doubts over global growth prospects, while shares in two printer manufacturers tumbled after disappointing earnings. (re)
Feb 02
The book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” by French economist Thomas Piketty is attracting attention in Japan, as many people are increasingly dissatisfied with what they see as widening inequality brought about by the Abenomics policy package. (The Japan News)
Jan 31
Japan has offered to import more rice from the United States in response to strident calls from Washington to make a concession toward concluding Pacific Rim free trade talks, negotiation sources said Friday. (Kyodo)
Jan 30
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday as strong company earnings led by Nomura Holdings and Advantest Corp buoyed the sentiment, but a sell-off in index-heavyweight SoftBank Corp limited the gains. (thehindubusinessline.com)
Jan 30
Japan's job availability rose in December to its best level in 22 years while the unemployment rate improved to 3.4 percent, suggesting that companies are willing to hire more workers as corporate profits recover, the government said Friday. (Kyodo)
Jan 29
Tokyo stocks closed 1.06 percent lower on Thursday, with videogame giant Nintendo and Canon tumbling after their latest earnings disappointed investors, and after Wall Street fell sharply. (globalpost.com)
Jan 29
The top leaders of Japan's biggest business group and labor union umbrella body held a meeting Thursday, marking the start of "shunto" wage negotiations this year. (Jiji Press)
Jan 29
The top US trade official says he expects countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal to reach agreement on agricultural tariffs within several months. (NHK)
Jan 29
Japan Inc has changed too much for traditional monetary and fiscal incentives to work on their own. So the ripest targets for the Bank of Japan could well lie outside Tokyo and the headquarters of the country's once world-beating companies (business-standard.com)
Jan 28
Japan stocks gained further on Wednesday to a fresh one-month high, as the yen weakened versus the greenback ahead of the outcome of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting later in the day. (marketwatch.com)
Jan 26
Japanese stocks pulled back on Monday as investors worried about Greece remaining in the eurozone after an anti-austerity party won Sunday's election. (morningstar.com)
Jan 26
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade deficit of 660.7 billion yen in December, much smaller than the year-before deficit of 1,307.2 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Monday. (Jiji Press)
Jan 25
Japan has offered to import more rice from the United States in a compromise aimed at pushing forward the Asia-Pacific regional trade talks, the Nikkei reported on Sunday. (Reuters)
Jan 23
Tokyo stocks have risen 1.05 per cent by the close after European and US markets rallied on the European Central Bank's announcement of a bigger-than-expected stimulus program. (perthnow.com.au)
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