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Nov 01
Japan's public pension fund said Friday it will double allocations to domestic and foreign stocks while curbing investment in domestic bonds. (Jiji Press)
Nov 01
Japanese women still receive lower wages than Japanese men do, with a high proportion of women working part-time, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 01
In a surprise move, the Bank of Japan decided to ease its monetary policy further at a Policy Board meeting on Friday, demonstrating its resolve to help shore up the country's economy and reach its 2 percent inflation goal. (The Japan News)
Oct 31
Japan's inflation rate fell to its lowest in nearly a year and a measure of job creation worsened for the first time in more than three years, highlighting the divergence between developments in the economy and policy makers' optimistic projections. (Wall Street Journal)
Oct 31
Tokyo shares soared 4.83 per cent to a seven-year high on Friday after the Bank of Japan ramped up its vast monetary easing programme, sending the yen into freefall. (straitstimes.com)
Oct 30
Tokyo stocks rose 0.67 percent on Thursday after the dollar hit a three-week high against the yen in response to the US Federal Reserve's decision to bring an end to its stimulus programme. (brecorder.com)
Oct 29
Stocks in Tokyo gained on Wednesday, leading Asian markets higher as investors awaited a decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve on quantitative easing. (investing.com)
Oct 29
Japan came in 104th in the World Economic Forum's gender equality rankings for 2014, up from 105th the previous year but still far behind other major industrialized nations, the Geneva-based group said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
Oct 28
Japanese stocks slipped on Tuesday as investors awaited the outcome of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, but retailers bucked the trend on stronger-than-expected sales growth. (Reuters)
Oct 25
Trade chiefs from 12 countries involved in an ambitious Pacific free trade initiative started a three-day meeting Saturday in Sydney in a bid to make progress toward a U.S.-proposed goal of reaching a deal by year-end. (Kyodo)
Oct 25
Alarmed by gaping holes in oversight, the Board of Audit wants to tighten scrutiny on tax deductions for overseas dependents to prevent dubious individuals from cheating the government out of revenue. (Asahi)
Oct 24
Stocks gained ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday, backed by overnight rises in U.S. and European stocks. (The Japan News)
Oct 23
The Nikkei stock index closed negative, losing 0.37 percent Thursday, following a roller coaster series of runs recently, with the market being dragged down eventually today by falling U.S. shares overnight. (globalpost.com)
Oct 23
Japan's Nikkei index has taken a rollercoaster ride so far this week, and some analysts believe traders should strap in for more turbulence. (cnbc.com)
Oct 23
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade deficit of 958.3 billion yen in September, compared with the 943.2-billion-yen deficit a year earlier, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 22
Yoichi Miyazawa, the new economy, trade and industry minister, will immediately face many important and difficult challenges over energy policies. (The Japan News)
Oct 22
Japan is considering taxing the capital gains on stocks and other financial assets held by residents moving overseas, part of an effort to prevent the super rich from escaping tax bills. (Nikkei)
Oct 22
Sales at department stores in Japan in September decreased 0.7 percent from a year before on a same-store basis, down for the sixth consecutive month, according to the Japan Department Stores Association. (The Japan News)
Oct 21
Japanese stocks fell on Tuesday, with the market latching on to comments from the welfare minister on the country's public pension fund as an excuse to take profits from outsized gains the previous day. (brecorder.com)
Oct 21
The Bank of Japan has downgraded its economic assessment for one of nine regions in Japan, but has kept the assessment for the others unchanged. (NHK)
Oct 20
Tokyo stocks jumped 3.98 per cent on Monday, notching up their biggest one-day points gain in over a year following a sharp rise on Wall Street and as a weaker yen boosted exporters. (businesstimes)
Oct 20
Japan's planned consumption tax hike would be "meaningless" should it give too much damage on the country's economy, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said in an interview with the major British daily Financial Times. (Jiji Press)
Oct 17
Tokyo stocks fell 1.40 percent to close at a five-month low on Friday, hit by a stronger yen and growing concerns about the global economy. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
Oct 16
Asian shares were off session lows but still nursed losses amid a selloff in global equities on Thursday, as heightened concerns about world economic growth sent U.S. Treasury yields down and Japanese stocks tumbling. (Reuters)
Oct 15
Singapore's retirement income system is the most desirable in Asia, according to the latest report by U.S.-based consulting firm Mercer and Australian Centre for Financial Studies. The city-state was ranked 10th out of 25 countries in the global survey. Meanwhile, all other Asian countries in the report -- Japan, China, Indonesia, South Korea and India -- were ranked toward the bottom of the list. (Nikkei)
Oct 15
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry started discussions Wednesday to revamp the country's feed-in tariff program for electricity generated with renewable energy such as solar and wind power. (Jiji Press)
Oct 15
Japan's Nikkei share average tumbled 2.4 percent to a fresh two-month closing low on Tuesday on fears global economic weakness will weigh on US growth, while a stronger yen dragged down exporters such as Toyota Motor Corp and Honda Motor Co. (brecorder.com)
Oct 15
Rising concern over a possible global outbreak of Ebola, especially in the wake of the new cases in Spain and the U.S., is putting investors on edge and has begun affecting the global economy. (Nikkei)
Oct 15
China is calling for commitment by the leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum at a November summit in Beijing toward the creation of a Pacific-rim free trade area by 2025, according to a draft of a post-summit leaders' declaration. (Kyodo)
Oct 14
Japanese stocks came under strong selling pressure Tuesday, with the Nikkei Stock Average falling below the 15,000 mark for the first time in two months. (Nikkei)
Oct 11
Finance chiefs of the Group of 20 major economies agreed Friday to work out details of an initiative to promote investment and foster growth worldwide at a time when the global economy faces a raft of slowdown risks. (Kyodo)
Oct 11
Negotiators from Japan and the United States are holding working-level talks in Tokyo on bilateral issues related to negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (NHK)
Oct 10
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said Thursday that Japan supports an Australian-led scheme to spark investment in infrastructure, the key agenda item to be discussed at the meeting of the Group of 20 major economies on Friday. (Kyodo)
Oct 10
Tokyo stocks slipped 1.15 percent to a two-month low Friday after losses on Wall Street as traders grow concerned about the global economy while the head of the IMF warned over a eurozone recession. (brecorder.com)
Oct 09
Tokyo shares fell 0.75 percent Thursday as a stronger yen wiped out early gains after the Federal Reserve dampened expectations for a US interest rate hike in early 2015. (brecorder.com)
Oct 09
Japan's seasonally adjusted core machinery orders in August rose 4.7 pct from the previous month, the Cabinet Office said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Oct 09
Japan maintained a current account surplus for the second straight month in August, with income from overseas offsetting continuing trade deficits as the nation comes to rely more on foreign investment than exports to earn dollars to buy oil and food. (gulf-times.com)
Oct 08
Japanese stocks fell on Wednesday after surprisingly weak German factory data sparked renewed concerns over global economic growth, bolstering the yen and prompting investors to sell shares in exporters. (economictimes)
Oct 07
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda expects "Japan's economy to continue a moderate recovery," he said following the bank's two-day policy board meeting that ended Tuesday. (Nikkei)
Oct 07
Tokyo stocks closed 0.67 percent lower Tuesday as the dollar's rise against the yen fizzled, but Fujifilm jumped to a six-year high on hopes for the company's Ebola drug. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
Oct 07
The World Bank says the economies of East Asian countries are expected to slow down slightly this year compared to last year. (NHK)
Oct 06
Tokyo stocks have risen 1.16 per cent as upbeat US jobs data sparked a rally on Wall Street and boosted the US dollar against the yen, helping Japanese exporter shares. (skynews.com.au)
Oct 04
Japan's government says it will help smaller businesses struggling with higher costs for fuel and other imported materials amid the yen's depreciation. (NHK)
Oct 03
Japanese stocks edged up on Friday in choppy trade after index-heavy Fast Retailing Co contributed hefty positive points after it reported strong monthly sales, but gains were limited as the civil unrest in Hong Kong curbed risk appetite. (Reuters)
Oct 03
The Japanese government will throw funding and tax relief behind a new approach to thinning out overcrowded residential areas. (Nikkei)
Oct 03
There seems to be no end in sight for the dollar's worldwide strength, against a backdrop of improvement in the U.S. economy, according to specialists. (The Japan News)
Oct 02
Japanese shares tumbled to three-week lows on Thursday morning after disappointing global manufacturing activity stocked concerns over global growth, while the first confirmed case of Ebola in the United States heightened the risk-averse mood. (brecorder.com)
Oct 01
Japan's economic recovery has been tardy six months after the nation's consumption tax was raised to 8 pct from 5 pct on April 1, due in part to bad weather in summer and slow wage growth relative to the pace of rises in prices. (Jiji Press)
Oct 01
With Chinese and Hong Kong markets closed, Nikkei closed down 0.56% and the MSCI Asia index was down 0.4%. (ifamagazine.com)
Oct 01
A Japanese labor ministry panel Tuesday proposed that businesses will be required to draw up and disclose action plans aimed at increasing the employment of women. (Jiji Press)
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