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Jun 08
Japan posted a surplus in its current account for the 10th consecutive month in April on the back of an improved trade balance and strong income from overseas investments. (marketwatch.com)
Jun 07
Japan and China agreed to push for infrastructure development in Asia during a bilateral finance dialogue in Beijing on Saturday. (The Japan News)
Jun 07
After failing twice, a state-sponsored bill to revise the worker dispatch law so companies can use temporary workers as long as they wish, looks set to pass the Diet now that an opposition party has agreed to put the controversial legislation to a vote, it was learned Saturday. (Japan Times)
Jun 06
A key index of Japan's economic health rose in April for the first time in 3 months. (NHK)
Jun 05
Tokyo stocks slipped 0.13 per cent by the close as concerns over the US economy and debt-ridden Greece dragged the market into negative territory. (tradingroom.com.au)
Jun 04
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday morning after U.S. and European shares strengthened, but Rakuten Inc tumbled after announcing plans to issue $1.6 billion in new shares. (Reuters)
Jun 03
Stocks lost further ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, pressured by profit-taking after the recent rises. (Japan Times)
Jun 03
Japan's smallest unit of currency, the one-yen coin that buys nothing, has now been in circulation for 60 years. (Asahi)
Jun 03
Japan's inflation-adjusted real wage index in April rose 0.1 pct from a year earlier, the first increase in two years, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in a preliminary report Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 02
Tokyo shares ended Tuesday slightly lower with its benchmark Nikkei stocks index ending a 12-day gaining streak as investors sought to cash in recent profits after rallies, while a weaker yen helped hold the downside. (eastday.com)
Jun 02
Economists expect upward revisions to Japan's gross domestic product in January-March, estimates released by 10 private-sector think tanks showed Monday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 01
The Nikkei 225 Monday traded sideways but edged up 0.03% by the closing bell, pushing the bellwether index into positive territory for 12 straight trading days, a first since Feb. 1988. (nasdaq.com)
Jun 01
The Bank of Japan's purchases of shares in real-estate investment trusts has buoyed this key market, helping breathe life back into the nation's moribund property industry. (Bloomberg)
Jun 01
Tax breaks come in many forms. Charitable gifts. Health-care expenses. Mortgage-interest payments. In the fishing village of Hirado, they come in a cooler. It is part of the great tax giveaway happening across Japan. (seattletimes.com)
May 29
The key Nikkei average extended its winning streak to an 11th session to rewrite its highest closing level in more than 15 years for the eighth consecutive trading day on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday, thanks to buying backed by brisk corporate earnings. (Japan Times)
May 28
The trend of the yen falling against the U.S. dollar has been accelerating amid investors' expectations of the gap widening between Japanese and U.S. interest rates. The weakening of the yen is favorable for Japanese exporters, with market observers thinking that stock prices will remain high. (The Japan News)
May 27
Tokyo stocks squeaked out another positive session Wednesday with the benchmark index marking its ninth straight day of gains, as a weak yen offset falls on Wall Street. (Global Post)
May 26
Tokyo stocks climbed 0.74 percent Monday, a seventh successive rise, with the benchmark index ending at a 15-year high as a weak yen boosted exporters. (menafn.com)
May 25
Japan's Nikkei share average rose for a seventh day and closed at a fresh 15-year high on Monday, helped by ongoing optimism for higher shareholder returns and the recovering economy. (Economic Times)
May 25
Japan swung back to a trade deficit in April after the first surplus in almost three years in March, but the shortfall shrank drastically year-on-year thanks to stronger exports and lower energy bills, official data showed Monday. (Japan Times)
May 25
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has voiced strong concern over the shrinking of the country's working-age population. (The Japan News)
May 22
Tokyo shares ended higher on Friday with the benchmark Nikkei index logging a sixth straight day of gaining on the Bank of Japan's decision to maintain its ultra- loose monetary policy. (shanghaidaily.com)
May 22
The Bank of Japan decided Friday to maintain its current monetary easing policy and assessment of the economy as recovering moderately, while upgrading views on personal consumption and housing investment after waning of adverse effects of last year's sales tax hike. (Kyodo)
May 22
Japan will provide a total of 110 billion dollars over the next five years to boost by 30 pct financial assistance for promoting infrastructure development in other Asian countries, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
May 21
Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat on Thursday after hitting a fresh 15-year high as investors took profits ahead of the Bank of Japan's two-day policy meeting on Friday. (thehindubusinessline.com)
May 20
Japanese stocks closed at a 15-year peak on Wednesday, helped by data showing a surprisingly rapid pace of domestic economic growth in the January-March quarter. (webindia123.com)
May 20
The Japanese economy grew an annualized real 2.4 percent in the first quarter of 2015, the government said Wednesday, indicating it is on a moderate recovery track following a setback triggered by last year's consumption tax hike. (Kyodo)
May 20
Sales at department stores in Japan marked double-digit growth in April, for the first year-on-year increase in 2 months. (NHK)
May 19
Farmers in Japan are closely watching talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal. They want the government to maintain tariffs on key agricultural products. (NHK)
May 19
The benchmark Nikkei average rose on overnight rises in European and U.S. markets on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Tuesday, closing above 20,000 for the first time in about three weeks. (Japan Times)
May 18
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday to a near 3-week high, bolstered by gains in the insurance sector after Dai-ichi Life announced higher shareholder payouts. (Reuters)
May 15
Tokyo stocks rose 0.83 percent Friday, as several firms announced share buy-backs and after the S&P 500 surged to another record close, but Nikon shares plunged on a weak earnings forecast. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
May 13
Japanese stocks rose to over two-week highs on Wednesday, bouncing from earlier losses helped by investors buying Nikkei futures and on expectations the Bank Of Japan would buy equities, traders said. (Reuters)
May 13
Japan's current account surplus in March came to 2,795.3 billion yen, up sharply from 130.6 billion yen a year before and the highest since 2008 for the month, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
May 13
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed his macroeconomic policy panel Tuesday to seek ways to achieve both fiscal reconstruction and economic growth. (Jiji Press)
May 13
Japan's composite index of coincident economic indicators for March fell 1.2 points from the previous month, the Cabinet Office said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
May 12
Tokyo's benchmark index have finished flat on Tuesday after late bargain-hunting offset early losses, while investors nervously eye Greece's tense bailout talks. (skynews.com.au)
May 12
Japan plans to set a medium-term target to achieve its key fiscal reform goal in fiscal 2020, aiming to reduce the ratio of the primary deficit to gross domestic product to around 1 percent in fiscal 2018, sources close to the matter said Monday. (Kyodo)
May 11
Stocks advanced sharply Monday on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, driven by Wall Street's surge late last week on strong U.S. government jobs data. (Japan Times)
May 09
The Japanese government's debts hit a record 1,053,357.2 billion yen at the end of March, up some 28 trillion yen from a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said Friday. (Jiji Press)
May 08
Tokyo stocks rose 0.45 percent Friday after Wall Street rallied and the yen eased on hopes for a solid US jobs report, while Nintendo shares surged on better-than-expected earnings. (brecorder.com)
May 06
Rents on newly constructed office buildings in Tokyo have climbed for the first time in two years thanks to improving business sentiment driving office expansion. (Nikkei)
May 04
Japan's public and private sectors will work together to improve the quality and amount of infrastructure investment in Asia, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Sunday. (Jiji Press)
May 03
The head of the Asian Development Bank has agreed to cooperate with the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on development in the region. (NHK)
May 01
Japan's core inflation rate edged up in March and unemployment eased slightly, according to data released Friday, offering glimmers of promise for the world's No. 3 economy as it struggles to get growth back on track after years of stagnation. (Japan Today)
May 01
The Bank of Japan on Thursday trimmed its price forecasts and delayed the timing of achieving its 2 percent inflation target due to weak consumption following last year's consumption tax hike, but the central bank stood pat on monetary policy. (Kyodo)
May 01
The Liberal Democratic Party is considering the idea of using so-called dormant deposits - money in bank accounts that have had no deposit or withdrawal activity for 10 years or longer - to support public-interest activities, party officials said. (The Japan News)
Apr 30
Japanese shares suffered their biggest loss in four months on Thursday on weak U.S. growth figures and lacklustre earnings from Japanese companies including Honda Motor. (Reuters)
Apr 30
Japan's central bank has defied expectations it might expand its monetary stimulus to help get growth back on track, keeping policy unchanged despite data showing factory output fell in March. (Japan Today)
Apr 29
The industry ministry Tuesday proposed lowering the country's reliance on nuclear power to 20 percent-22 percent of all sources of electricity by fiscal 2030 from 28.6 percent in fiscal 2010. (The Japan News)
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