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Aug 29
Japan's vital signs remained weak in July, as wages fell further and household spending dropped, signaling continued weakness in the world's third-largest economy. (washingtonpost.com)
Aug 29
The minimum hourly wage in Japan for fiscal 2014 will increase by 16 yen from the previous year to 780 yen on average, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 29
More Japanese companies are taking advantage of ultralow long-term interest rates to issue bonds carrying rock-bottom costs. (Nikkei)
Aug 28
Japanese shares fell, with the Topix (TPX) index extending its weekly loss, as the yen headed for a second day of gains and steel companies slid. (businessweek.com)
Aug 27
Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Wednesday after U.S. shares extended their gains and the S&P 500 closed above the 2,000 mark for the first time. (Reuters)
Aug 27
Japan's services producer price index in July rose 3.7 pct from a year before, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 26
With its contribution now rivaling that of the auto industry in at least one estimate, tourism is fast becoming a key focus of Japan's economic policy. (Japan Times)
Aug 26
Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday in thin trade as profit-taking accelerated in late trade after the weak yen trend paused, taking a toll on exporters and index-heavyweight stocks such as Honda Motor Co and SoftBank Corp. (Reuters)
Aug 26
Japan plans to require from as early as next fiscal year individuals wishing to open bank accounts to show photo identification in a move against money laundering. (Nikkei)
Aug 26
Demand for Y1 coins has remained sluggish despite an expected increase in demand after the consumption tax hike in April, as more and more people are using electronic payment systems. (The Japan News)
Aug 25
Tokyo stocks closed up 0.48 percent on Monday as investors welcomed the dollar's rise following US Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen's defence of the central bank's monetary policy. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
Aug 24
The Bank of Japan may have to pursue its aggressive monetary policy easing for "some time" to fully vanquish deflation, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Saturday. (Japan Times)
Aug 24
The Bank of Japan is sticking to its expectation of an improving domestic economy and gradually rising inflation fueled by its current policies, despite growing skepticism among private analysts about the health of the recovery and the adequacy of the central bank's efforts. (Wall Street Journal)
Aug 22
Japan stocks closed lower on Friday, breaking a nine-session string of gains. (baystreet.ca)
Aug 21
Tokyo stocks ended modestly higher on Thursday, with its benchmark Nikkei stock index rising for the ninth consecutive trading day bolstered by the U.S. dollar's rise to the upper 103 yen range. (china.org.cn)
Aug 21
Japan is considering setting aside 1 trillion yen for stimulus measures in fiscal 2015 to help stave off a blow from a consumption tax hike planned for October next year. (Nikkei)
Aug 20
The Nikkei, coming off seven straight days of gains, added 0.23 per cent at the start as the weaker yen boosted exporter shares, while US stocks rose on encouraging US economic data and a solid earnings report from Home Depot. (tradingroom.com.au)
Aug 19
Tokyo shares ended Tuesday higher with Nikkei extended its rising for the seventh day on a weaker yen and gains in the overnight U.S. market. (shanghaidaily.com)
Aug 18
Japan's Nikkei ended flat on Monday in thin trade as geopolitical tensions dulled risk appetite, but Chugai Pharmaceutical jumped on a media report that Roche Holding AG's may be close to sealing a deal to take full ownership of the Japanese drugmaker. (Reuters)
Aug 17
A survey of 106 major companies in Japan has found 100 expect the country's economy to expand toward the year-end, while 76 do not oppose the government's plan to implement another sales tax hike in 2015, the Kyodo News poll showed Saturday. (Kyodo)
Aug 15
Asian shares pulled higher on Friday, on track for a winning week, while the euro remained close to nine-month lows after downbeat data raised expectations of more European Central Bank easing steps. (Reuters)
Aug 15
Faced with the danger of elimination, hundreds of local Japanese districts are plying gifts that include craft beer and balloon rides to entice their mini-diasporas to send tax payments back home. (Bloomberg)
Aug 14
Tokyo shares ended higher for the fourth day as a weaker yen boosted traders' sentiment on export- oriented issues. (shanghaidaily.com)
Aug 14
Japan's core machinery orders tumbled in April-June at their fastest since the last global financial crisis and only a modest rebound is seen in the current quarter - further challenging policymakers contending with a fragile economy. (Reuters)
Aug 14
Everybody knew the April-June quarter was going to be terrible for Japan's economy, because of a tax increase that took effect April 1. (businessweek.com)
Aug 13
The Nikkei stock index rose Wednesday for the third consecutive day of gain following last week's sell-off, with investors calmly reacting to data showing the Japanese economy's largest contraction since the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami disaster. (Nikkei)
Aug 13
Ahead of an upcoming decision on a planned consumption tax hike, Japan's government remains bullish about the economy even though its real gross domestic product plunged in April-June. (Jiji Press)
Aug 12
Japan's producer price index in July rose 4.3 pct from a year before, the Bank of Japan said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 12
The Nikkei rose 0.2 per cent to 15,161.31, extending its rebound from a low of 14,753 hit on Friday due to the concerns that conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East could hamper world growth. (Economic Times)
Aug 12
Japanese companies, long bedevilled by deflation, are finally starting to pass on higher costs to their customers just as the economy stumbles, potentially complicating decisions for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the central bank. (Reuters)
Aug 11
Asian stocks rose on Monday as tensions eased slightly in Ukraine, while the dollar held steady against the safe-haven yen after rebounding sharply late last week. (brecorder.com)
Aug 11
Asian stocks rose on Monday as tensions eased slightly in Ukraine, while the dollar held steady against the safe-haven yen after rebounding sharply late last week. (brecorder.com)
Aug 10
Gender balancing in business is no longer the exclusive agenda of women's right activists in Japan; it now has the full attention of the Japanese government. (thediplomat.com)
Aug 08
Tokyo stocks dropped 2.98 per cent to a two-month low as investors reacted to US President Barack Obama's announcement that he had authorised air strikes on Iraq, while Nikon shares plunged on poor first-quarter earnings. (tradingroom.com.au)
Aug 08
Japan ran a current account deficit of 399.1 billion yen in June, compared with 377.7 billion yen in surplus a year before, the Ministry of Finance said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 08
If Abenomics means anything, it is the promise of the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, to restore healthy economic growth to Japan and end years of deflation. (The Economist)
Aug 08
The Bank of Japan kept its monetary policy steady Friday while saying the country's economy continues to recover, but the central bank also warned of recent weakness in Japanese exports and production. (Kyodo)
Aug 07
Japan's National Personnel Authority recommended Thursday that the government raise basic salaries for public servants by an average of 0.27 percent and their bonuses by 0.15 month, both for the first hike in seven years. (Kyodo)
Aug 07
Tokyo stocks have closed 0.48 per cent higher as late bargain-hunting dragged the Japanese market out of negative territory and snapped a five-day losing streak. (tradingroom.com.au)
Aug 07
The Japanese and the U.S. governments said Tuesday they have made some progress in a two-day working-level meeting on agricultural tariff issues linked to the ongoing negotiations on a multilateral Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. (Jiji Press)
Aug 06
Japanese shares dropped to a six-week closing low on Wednesday as tensions over Ukraine hit global equities, and SoftBank Corp tumbled after its U.S. subsidiary Sprint Corp abandoned its bid to acquire T-Mobile U.S. Inc. (Reuters)
Aug 06
The nation's food self-sufficiency rate in fiscal 2013, which ended in March, remained at 39 percent on a calorie basis for the fourth straight year, the farm ministry said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
Aug 05
Japan's Nikkei share average edged down in choppy trade on Tuesday morning, extending its declines into a fourth day as the weak yen trend paused, while the market awaited clues from Japanese corporate earnings such as Toyota Motor Corp. (Reuters)
Aug 05
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says that Japan's economic recovery remained underway, citing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's "Abenomics" economic policies as a major factor. (Japan Today)
Aug 04
Japanese stocks were flat on Monday after slipping to a one-week low in choppy early trade, as more losses on Wall Street and the conflict in Gaza and Ukraine sapped risk appetite. (brecorder.com)
Aug 03
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his eagerness Saturday to boost Japan's economic and trade ties with the four Latin American nations comprising the Pacific Alliance, after seeking an early conclusion of a free trade agreement with Colombia. (Kyodo)
Aug 02
Local authorities in Japan are struggling to recover fraudulently obtained welfare benefits and they are forced to book some payments as losses, a government survey showed on Friday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 01
Japanese women are in demand as never before. "Women have the greatest potential," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently told media, "and allowing them to demonstrate their full abilities is the core of our growth strategy." (Nikkei)
Aug 01
Tokyo stocks closed down 0.63 percent on Friday after a sell-off on Wall Street driven by weak eurozone data, the Argentine debt default and other negative news. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
Aug 01
Japan must raise its sales tax again to conquer one of the world's heaviest public debt burdens, the International Monetary Fund said Thursday, as it called for deep economic reforms. (Japan Today)
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