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Nov 26
When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded to Japan's surprise recession by delaying a sales-tax increase, it was a cause for worry, not celebration, for many young Japanese. This generation, barely aware of their country's economic heyday, frets that putting off tough decisions now could make the future even worse. (abcnews.go.com)
Nov 26
The brash Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has regularly shown a willingness to break taboos and cross lines. His remarkable speech Tuesday to business leaders was the latest example-he came close to trying to order executives to stop sitting on their rapidly accumulating profits, and to raise worker pay. (Wall Street Journal)
Nov 26
Japan's economy has slid into a recession following the April 1 consumption tax hike, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday, downgrading its projections for the nation's economic growth in 2014 and 2015. (Kyodo)
Nov 25
Tokyo stocks rose 0.29 percent on Tuesday in post-holiday trading after another record close on Wall Street and as the yen remained weak against the dollar. (brecorder.com)
Nov 25
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday the central bank is closely watching the impact of the yen's sharp fall against other major currencies following its additional monetary easing last month. (Kyodo)
Nov 24
Japan may borrow more debt over a longer horizon as the country steps up its already super-loose monetary policy to prop up economic growth and avoid slipping back into deflation. (Japan Today)
Nov 24
Senior officials at Japan's ruling and opposition parties locked horns Sunday over whether the country should promote Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Abenomics economic policy. (Jiji Press)
Nov 21
Stocks closed moderately higher on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday after recouping losses in late trading thanks to purchases on dips. (The Japan News)
Nov 21
Money saved in secret by Japanese wives exceeds that by husbands by 3.4 times, a survey by Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Co. showed Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 21
Japan's ruling bloc agreed at a tax panel meeting Thursday that it will aim to implement a reduced consumption tax rate for certain items in April 2017 when the tax is to be raised to 10 pct. (Jiji Press)
Nov 21
Sales at department stores in October fell 2.2 percent from a year before on a same-store basis, down for the seventh consecutive month since April, when the consumption tax was raised, an industry group said Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Nov 20
Tokyo stocks closed flat on Thursday as losses on Wall Street and data showing weak Chinese manufacturing activity offset gains from the yen sinking to multi-year lows. (brecorder.com)
Nov 20
Japan's exports jumped 9.6 percent in October from a year earlier to 6,688.5 billion yen, their highest value in six years, buoyed by the yen's sharp slide and robust car shipments abroad, government data showed Thursday. (Kyodo)
Nov 20
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday he expects the Japanese government to boost efforts for constructing a sustainable fiscal framework. (The Japan News)
Nov 19
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 stock index has closed down 0.32 per cent after the Bank of Japan wrapped up a meeting, with policymakers trimming their inflation expectations, but holding off fresh easing despite the economy slipping into recession. (dailytelegraph.com.au)
Nov 19
The yen weakened against major currencies during Asian trading Wednesday as share prices firmed following Tuesday's decision by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to put off an unpopular increase in the sales tax and call a snap election. (marketwatch.com)
Nov 19
The number of new condominiums put up for sale in the greater Tokyo area in October fell 10.9 percent from a year before to 3,125 units, down for the ninth consecutive month, the Real Estate Economic Institute said Monday. (The Japan News)
Nov 18
Japanese stocks had their biggest gain in two weeks on Tuesday as investors waited to see if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will call a snap election and consider fresh steps to support the economy after it slipped into recession in the third quarter. (brecorder.com)
Nov 18
The yen recovered from seven-year lows against the dollar on Monday but remained under pressure having sunk across the board after shock data showed Japan's economy slipping back into recession. (brecorder.com)
Nov 18
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Finance Minister Taro Aso have agreed to postpone a planned consumption tax hike in the wake of worse-than-expected GDP figures. (NHK)
Nov 17
Japanese stocks marked their biggest daily drop since August on Monday, helping the yen rebound from a fresh seven-year low against the dollar touched after news Japan unexpectedly fell into recession in the third quarter. (Reuters)
Nov 17
Japan's economy unexpectedly shrank for the second consecutive quarter, marking a technical recession in the world's third largest economy. (BBC)
Nov 15
The average winter bonus at major companies this year rose 5.78 percent from a year before, a survey by the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, showed Thursday. (The Japan News)
Nov 14
Japanese stocks gained on Friday to close near a seven-year intraday high amid choppy trade ahead of Monday's third quarter GDP figures. (Reuters)
Nov 14
Ryuzo Miyao, a Bank of Japan policy board member, asserted in a speech Wednesday that the central bank carefully considered the expected benefits, concerned costs and risks before introducing additional yen-printing measures on Halloween. (Nikkei)
Nov 14
The Japanese government held a second hearing Thursday on a consumption tax hike planned for October 2015, with four of the nine participating advisers expressing opposition to the plan. (Jiji Press)
Nov 13
Japanese stocks rose on Thursday afternoon as investors lapped up a media report that said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to have decided to call an early election amid mounting expectations he would postpone a planned sales tax hike. (brecorder.com)
Nov 13
Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed Wednesday to advance integration for further development even after establishing a more integrated ASEAN Community next year, with ASEAN chair Myanmar calling for a "rules-based and norm-based ASEAN." (Kyodo)
Nov 12
Tokyo stocks rose 0.43 percent on Wednesday as a weak yen and another record close on Wall Street helped pushed the Japanese market to a fresh seven-year high. (brecorder.com)
Nov 11
Leaders of the Asia-Pacific economies have called for the early establishment of a framework for regional free trade and investment. (NHK)
Nov 11
Japan stocks rallied on Tuesday, as the yen turned sharply lower against the greenback, while an unexpected surge in current account surplus in September also boosted the market. (morningstar.com)
Nov 11
Japan posted an unexpectedly large current account surplus in September, the third consecutive monthly surplus, as a weaker yen lifted the value of overseas investment income, despite continuing trade deficits. (Wall Street Journal)
Nov 11
The leaders of 12 Pacific Rim countries have failed to set a target date to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. (NHK)
Nov 11
Japan will aim to lower the effective corporate tax rate by at least 2.5 percentage points in fiscal 2015, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa said Monday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 10
Japanese stocks retreated to a one-week low on Monday morning as the yen rebounded against the dollar after U.S. jobs data fell short of expectations, while Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp sold off heavily on a profit warning. (Reuters)
Nov 09
Ministers from the 12 countries involved in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations for free trade discussed Saturday the timetable for reaching an agreement. (Jiji Press)
Nov 07
Tokyo stocks rose 0.52 percent on Friday after fresh record highs on Wall Street and as the weak yen boosted exporters. (brecorder.com)
Nov 07
A survey of thousands of Japanese households has found their financial assets have increased in value by about 7 percent from last year due to higher incomes and rising stock prices. (NHK)
Nov 07
Japan's composite index of coincident economic indicators for September rose 1.4 points from the previous month, the Cabinet Office said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Nov 06
Tokyo stocks fell 0.86 percent Thursday on profit-taking, snapping a five day winning streak as the dollar's rally against the yen ran out of steam. (brecorder.com)
Nov 06
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda on Wednesday expressed strong determination to achieve the central bank's inflation target of 2 percent as quickly as possible. (The Japan News)
Nov 05
Tokyo shares eased morning's losses and rebounded higher by ending Wednesday's deals with its benchmark Nikkei index hitting a new seven-year high, as sentiment here was boosted by the expected U.S. midterm election results and sliding crude oil prices. (globalpost.com)
Nov 05
Five of eight government-chosen experts expressed support Tuesday for another consumption tax hike planned for October 2015. (Jiji Press)
Nov 04
Tokyo stocks advanced Tuesday, with the Nikkei stock index ending at a fresh seven-year high, boosted by the weaker yen against the U.S. dollar due to the Bank of Japan's decision Friday on further monetary easing. (Kyodo)
Nov 04
The Japanese currency continued its decline against the dollar as the Bank of Japan's new round of stimulus pushed the yen to a seven-year low against the greenback. (Nikkei)
Nov 04
Japan's economic growth rate may turn negative from the 2040s if the nation's birthrate does not recover and the productivity of its workers does not improve, according to a government panel on the aging and declining population. (The Japan News)
Nov 03
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda does not need to convince Japanese people like Kazue Shibata that deflation brings problems, but getting them to believe that higher prices will make things better is proving to be a harder sell. (Reuters)
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)
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