Mar 21 Kuroda's first year: stocks up, yen down
Thursday marked the one-year anniversary of Haruhiko Kuroda becoming governor of the Bank of Japan, and observers are expected to closely follow his next steps to achieve a 2 percent inflation target amid many challenges. (The Japan News )
Mar 20 Tokyo: Stocks close down 1.65%
Tokyo stocks fell 1.65 per cent Thursday, following losses on Wall Street after the head of the US central bank indicated interest rates could be hiked earlier than expected. (businesstimes )
Mar 20 Japan shares to recoup recent losses on monetary easing, U.S. recovery: Reuters poll
Japan's Nikkei stock average will recoup its recent losses and end 2014 at a level not seen since before the financial crisis, as more monetary easing offsets weaker demand after the sales tax rises next month, a Reuters poll found. (Reuters )
Mar 20 Olympics, easy money boosted land prices
Real estate investment, boosted by the business recovery and the Bank of Japan's monetary easing policy, coupled with Tokyo's hosting of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, have led to the first increase in land prices in the nation's three major urban areas in six years. (The Japan News )
Mar 20 Abe hopes wage increases will spread to medium-sized firms
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he expects that moves to raise the wages of the country's workers will spread from large companies to medium-sized firms. (chicagotribune.com )
Mar 19 Nikkei rises to one-week high as worries on Ukraine contained
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a one-week high on Wednesday on hopes the Ukraine crisis will not deepen, but a widely-anticipated market debut by Japan Display disappointed, with the shares dropping below their offer price. (Reuters )
Mar 19 Tepid exports cloud Japan outlook, more BOJ stimulus eyed after sales tax rise
Japan's annual export growth in February was short of market expectations and a Bank of Japan policymaker warned about the outlook as the world's third-largest economy faces a sales tax hike next month that could dent economic activity. (Reuters )
Mar 19 Japan govt considering reducing tax deductions for spouses
The Japanese government is considering reducing or abolishing a tax deduction system for spouses that has been criticized for keeping women out of the workforce, officials said Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Mar 18 Land prices in Japan's big cities rise for the first time in six years
Land prices in Japan's largest cities rose for the first time in six years in 2013 while declines slowed in the rest of the country, data showed on Tuesday, as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's loose-money policies spurred asset purchases. (Reuters )
Mar 18 Global warming may cost Japan 4.7 bil. a year
Japanese researchers say failure to take stronger action against global warming could end up costing Japan billions of dollars a year by the end of this century. (NHK )
Mar 18 Nikkei rebounds from 6-week low, helped by some relief on Ukraine
Japanese shares rebounded on Tuesday, taking heart from gains on Wall Street on relief that the threat of immediate military conflict in Ukraine receded and on fairly upbeat U.S. data. (msn.com )
Mar 17 Tokyo shares end down after Crimean vote stirs tensions, yen rise
Tokyo stocks fell for the fourth straight session Monday, as weekend exit polls showing Crimeans voted to break away from Ukraine and join Russia, leading to increased international tension and a rise in the yen. (Wall Street Journal )
Mar 14 Nikkei slides 3.3 pct as Ukraine, China anxiety sees biggest weekly drop in 9 months
Japanese stocks tumbled 3.3 percent to a one-month low on Friday, suffering their biggest weekly drop in nine months as concerns over Ukraine and slowing growth in China hurt risk-appetite and drove a safety-bid towards the yen. (Reuters )
Mar 14 Japan's pension giant: Risk on
The world's largest pension fund is changing the way it invests, with big consequences for the market. (The Economist )
Mar 14 Jan. core machinery orders up 13.4%
Seasonally adjusted core machinery orders in January rose 13.4 percent from the previous month, marking the second sharpest monthly growth since comparable data became available in April 2005, the Cabinet Office said. (The Japan News )
Mar 13 Nikkei sheds 0.10% on China's economic data, firm yen
Tokyo stocks edged down Thursday with the benchmark Nikkei stock index losing 0.10 percent on the yen's firmness and as economic data in China came in below expectations. (Xinhua )
Mar 13 Japan top firms raise pay; but benefit seen blunted by sales tax hike
Big Japanese companies such as Toyota Motor Corp offered the most generous pay raises in years on Wednesday, a victory for the government's efforts to defeat deflation, but workers will still struggle to offset a looming sales tax increase. (Reuters )
Mar 13 Japan currency under pressure
The consensus among currency strategists is that the Japanese yen will ­continue to weaken against the US dollar in particular over the course of 2014 - but also against a number of other currencies - largely as a result of the decimation of Japan's currency account surplus. (afr.com )
Mar 12 Nikkei Average falls below 15,000 points
On the Tokyo Stock Exchange, share prices fell across the board on Wednesday due to uncertainty about China's economy. (NHK )
Mar 11 Nikkei rises on commodity stocks, but TSE volume lowest since mid-Oct
Japan's Nikkei average gained on Tuesday as investors scooped up battered commodity stocks, but trading volume was thin as caution over an economic slowdown in China and Ukraine tensions kept traders on the sidelines. (brecorder.com )
Mar 11 Many Japan firms seen offering base salary hikes
An increasing number of major Japanese companies are poised to propose implementing base salary hikes as this year's "shunto" wage negotiations are entering the final stretch. (Jiji Press )
Mar 10 Nikkei falls from 5-week high on China data, Ukraine worries
Japanese shares retreated from a five-week high on Monday as disappointing Chinese trade data and uncertainty over the crisis in Ukraine prompted investors to lock in recent gains. (Reuters )
Mar 10 Japan fourth-quarter growth, external balance suffer blow in test for Abenomics
Japan's economic recovery suffered a blow at the end of last year and the current account deficit ballooned to a record in January, raising fears of a stumble in the world's third-largest economy as activity wilts ahead of a sales tax increase in April. (Reuters )
Mar 09 Over 60 percent of Japanese unhappy with consumer relief
Over 60 pct of Japanese people are dissatisfied with measures taken by authorities to save consumers from problems including mislabeling and fraudulent sales, a Cabinet Office survey showed Saturday. (Jiji Press )
Mar 07 Nikkei rises to fresh five-week high on weak yen; U.S. jobs data eyed
Nikkei rises to fresh five-week high on weak yen; U.S. jobs data eyed (zeenews )
Mar 06 Nikkei jumps to 5-week high as GPIF allocation hopes buoy risk appetite
Japan's Nikkei share average jumped to a five-week high on Thursday as investors took heart from news about the world's largest pension fund's allocation plan, and as a weaker yen boosted shares of exporters. (Reuters )
Mar 05 Nikkei rises to one-week high on Putin comments
The Nikkei has continued its recovery during today's (March 5th) trading session, rising to a new one-week high following the latest developments in Russia and Ukraine. (cityindex.co.uk )
Mar 05 Singapore overtakes Tokyo as costliest city in world
The soaring cost of cars and utilities as well as a strong currency have made Singapore the world's most expensive city, toppling Tokyo from the top spot, according to a survey Tuesday. (taipeitimes.com )
Mar 05 Monetary base expands 1.9% to high at end of February
The nation's monetary base expanded 1.9 percent from last month to ¥204.75 trillion at the end of February, hitting a record high for the first time in two months, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday. (The Japan News )
Mar 04 Nikkei rises on bargain hunting, Ukraine worries limit gains
Japan's Nikkei average clawed higher on Tuesday, snapping four days of losses as some foreign investors scooped up battered shares, although concerns over mounting tensions in Ukraine kept the market on edge. (business-standard.com )
Mar 04 Think tanks expect upward revision in Japan Oct.-Dec. growth estimate
Private-sector think tanks in Japan expect a slight upward revision in the government's gross domestic product growth estimate for October-December 2013. (Jiji Press )
Mar 04 With too few borrowers, Japan's regional banks are urged to merge
Japanese regulators are increasing the pressure on regional banks to consolidate, worried that shrinking populations outside the nation's major cities will leave lenders too weak to stand on their own. (wtaq.com )
Mar 04 Why young people in Japan will work for companies that don't exist -- yet
A 10-year-old in Japan today will likely be hired by a company that does not exist yet. That's because, according to two researchers from Hitotsubashi University and Nihon University here in Japan, Japanese companies created after 1996 contributed a net positive of 1.2 million new jobs. But older companies shed a net 3.1 million jobs in that time. (Forbes )
Mar 03 Japan stocks fall as yen rises on escalating tension in Ukraine
Japanese stocks fell, with the Topix (TPX) index capping a fourth day of declines, after the yen gained amid demand for haven currencies as Russia seized control of Ukraine's Crimea region. (BusinessWeek )
Feb 28 Tokyo stocks close 0.55pc lower
Tokyo stocks closed 0.55 percent lower Friday after the dollar fell against the yen on a cautious view of the US economy by Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen. (brecorder.com )
Feb 28 Japan January consumer prices up 1.3 percent
Japan's core consumer price index in January rose 1.3 pct from a year earlier, up for the eighth straight month, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications said Friday. (Jiji Press )
Feb 28 Japan says any bitcoin regulation should be international
Any regulation of the bitcoin crypto-currency should involve international cooperation to avoid loopholes, Japanese vice finance minister Jiro Aichi said on Thursday. (Reuters )
Feb 27 Nikkei falls for 2nd day as Ukraine tensions sour sentiment
Japan's Nikkei average fell for a second day on Thursday, moving further away from a four-week closing hit earlier this week as heightened tensions in Ukraine soured sentiment, dragging down index heavyweights like SoftBank. (Reuters )
Feb 27 Land prices rise in most areas, survey shows
Land prices as of Jan. 1 rose from three months before at most locations, the land ministry said in a quarterly report. (The Japan News )
Feb 26 Tokyo stocks close down 0.54%
Tokyo stocks fell 0.54 percent Wednesday, following Wall Street lower after disappointing data on US housing and consumer confidence. (Global Post )
Feb 26 TPP ministerial talks in Singapore end without deal
Japan, the United States and 10 other countries participating in Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations failed to reach a broad agreement in their four-day ministerial talks in Singapore that ended on Tuesday. (Jiji Press )
Feb 25 Nikkei hits four-week closing high on Wall Street rally, SoftBank jumps
The Nikkei average advanced to a four-week closing high on Tuesday after a rally in Wall Street shares to historic highs triggered short-covering in battered Japanese stocks. (Reuters )
Feb 25 Broad TPP accord becoming unlikely in Singapore
A broad agreement on a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is becoming unlikely at the ongoing ministerial meeting in Singapore, informed sources said Monday. (Jiji Press )
Feb 24 Nikkei slips from 3-wk high in choppy trade; investors cautious
Japan's Nikkei average eased from a three-week high in an erratic session on Monday as a firmer yen and weak Asian markets triggered profit-taking following recent sharp gains. (Reuters )
Feb 24 G20 seeks 2% growth over 5 years
Finance ministers and central bank chiefs of the Group of 20 nations have adopted a target to increase GDP by at least 2 percent over 5 years. (NHK )
Feb 24 TPP conclusion rests on Japan-U.S. tariff issue
Whether ministers participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations can attain their goal of reaching a "broad agreement" at the four-day talks that opened Saturday in Singapore hinges upon how much progress Japan and the United States achieve on the tariff issue. (The Japan News )
Feb 22 Abe calls for govt. efforts to conclude TPP talks
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government should make every effort to conclude the talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. (NHK )
Feb 21 Nikkei rises to 3-week high on U.S. manufacturing; G20 in focus
Japan's Nikkei average jumped 2.9 percent on Friday as the weak yen lifted overall sentiment and after a reading on U.S. manufacturing hit its highest in nearly four years. (Reuters )
Feb 21 Japan's Abe faces challenge to broaden recovery
Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe has ticked off the easy items on his to-do list for economic revival. (AP )
Feb 21 Japan, U.S. suspend working-level session on TPP
Japan and the United States suspended their working-level session on the multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade drive on Thursday, failing to break the stalemate over tariffs on farm products. (Jiji Press )
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