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Sep 24
Japanese shares stepped back on Wednesday, after U.S. air strikes in Syria dampened risk sentiment and curbed the yen's fall - the main driver of the market's rally in the past several weeks. (Reuters)
Sep 24
Japan does not intend to have any more ministerial meeting with the United States on Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations, Japanese TPP Minister Akira Amari said Tuesday before a two-day such meeting in Washington. (Jiji Press)
Sep 23
Supermarket sales across Japan fell in August for a fifth straight month, due to bad weather. (NHK)
Sep 22
Tokyo stocks lost ground Monday as investors sought to lock in recent gains after the Nikkei index jumped to a roughly seven-year high late last week. (shanghaidaily.com)
Sep 22
As part of efforts to transform increasingly depopulated regional cities into "compact cities," the central government will encourage local governments to relocate aged public facilities to the premises or buildings of regional offices that are scheduled to be rebuilt by the national government, according to sources. (The Japan News)
Sep 21
Finance chiefs of the Group of 20 industrial and developing economies agreed Sunday to take additional measures to ensure meeting their commitment to a growth target amid increasing risks. (Kyodo)
Sep 20
The recent rapid weakening of the yen against the U.S. dollar has brought both joy and sorrow to Japanese firms. (The Japan News)
Sep 19
Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index has closed at its highest level in nearly seven years, with the tumbling yen propelling the Japanese market and investors breathing a sigh of relief over Scotland's vote to stay in the United Kingdom. (businessspectator.com.au)
Sep 19
The average price of residential land in Japan's three metropolitan areas in and around Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya as of July 1 rose from a year before, up for the first time in six years, the land ministry said in an annual report Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 18
Japan's Nikkei share average closed at a new eight-month high and posted the biggest daily rise in two weeks on Thursday, with a weak yen giving exporters a boost despite disappointing trade data which showed the softer currency is not significantly buoying sales. (Reuters)
Sep 18
The lower yen benefits automakers and other domestic manufacturers who rely on exports, as their products can be sold at more competitive prices abroad, but a sharp weakening of the yen can also harm the Japanese economy. (Kyodo)
Sep 17
Japanese shares fell for a second day, after the Topix (TPX) index posted five days of gains, as investors await a policy decision by the Federal Reserve. (businessweek.com)
Sep 17
Foreign direct investment into China is continuing to shrink on the back of rising labor costs. (NHK)
Sep 17
The percentage of women at ages associated with child-rearing who are actively participating in the workforce has been increasing and recently hit a record high, according to a monthly survey by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. (The Japan News)
Sep 16
Tokyo shares ended the morning session lower on Tuesday as traders here intended to take profits after recent rally. (globalpost.com)
Sep 16
The South Korean government announced Monday it will examine whether it needs to keep in place its ban on imports of marine foods from eight Japanese prefectures including Fukushima, which was hit hard by the 2011 nuclear accident. (Jiji Press)
Sep 16
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on Monday cut its economic outlook for the Group of Seven nations in 2014, including Japan, while expecting a moderate expansion to continue in most of the major economies. (Kyodo)
Sep 15
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he remained "neutral" on whether to proceed with a hike in Japan's sales tax to 10 per cent, adding that decision would hinge on the strength of economic indicators for the current quarter. (straitstimes.com)
Sep 13
Finance ministers from Asian and European nations on Friday expressed concerns over weak growth of the world economy. (Jiji Press)
Sep 13
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed relevant Cabinet ministers to compile a new basic space development program by the end of this year, in the backdrop of a rapidly changing national security environment. (NHK)
Sep 13
A conference on empowering women opened in Tokyo on Friday with more than 100 female leaders from around the world taking part. (NHK)
Sep 13
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged his Cabinet ministers to work out measures to revitalize regional communities. (NHK)
Sep 12
Japanese share prices rose for the fifth straight session on Friday to end at an eight-month high, with exporters leading the gains on the yen's weakness. (Reuters)
Sep 12
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Thursday amid increasing signs of headwinds in the face of efforts to revive the country's economy, with the central bank chief saying he would not hesitate to additionally ease monetary policy. (Kyodo)
Sep 11
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a near eight-month high on Thursday morning as the weak yen lifted sentiment ahead of a meeting later in the day between the central bank governor and prime minister fuelled expectations for additional easing. (brecorder.com)
Sep 11
Negotiators from Japan and the United States have once again walked away from trade talks empty-handed. But they will keep trying to reach an agreement on their part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. (NHK)
Sep 10
Japan's Nikkei share average closed higher on Wednesday, erasing earlier losses after the yen plumbed its weakest levels for six years against the dollar, which lifted exporters such as Honda Motor Co and Panasonic Corp. (brecorder.com)
Sep 09
The Bank of Japan bought government bonds with negative yields Tuesday in an apparent effort to demonstrate its commitment to large-scale monetary easing, which could further push down long rates and the value of the yen. (Nikkei)
Sep 09
Japanese stocks edged up on Tuesday after the yen dropped to a six-year low against the dollar, lifting exporters such as Honda Motor Co and Sony Corp, but weak crude oil prices weighed on energy shares. (Reuters)
Sep 09
The U.S. dollar stayed in the lower 106 yen zone in Tokyo on Tuesday morning, in the wake of its surge in New York overnight, to hover near its six-year high as a combination of statements by economic heavyweights convinced traders the Federal Reserve is on track to hike interest rates sooner than expected. (Nikkei)
Sep 08
Japan's economy suffered its worst setback in more than five years in the second quarter of 2014, raising concern the April 1 sales tax hike has had a bigger impact on the economy than initially believed, government data showed Monday. (Kyodo)
Sep 08
Japanese stocks edged up on Monday in choppy trade as weaker-than-expected US jobs data spurred hopes that US interest rates will stay low, while Rakuten Inc tumbled on news of a deal to buy a US rebate site operator. (Economic Times)
Sep 07
Japan and the United States are in "the final phase" of their automobile trade talks related to Trans-Pacific Partnership multinational free trade negotiations, a senior Japanese negotiator said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 07
Japan's new welfare minister tasked with reforming the country's 110 trillion yen pension fund is a Harvard-educated former central banker with a sharp sense of the reforms that markets want to see and a willingness to buck the system. (Japan Today)
Sep 07
The Japanese economy appears to be recovering more slowly than anticipated, as bad weather kept would-be shoppers at home and wages failed to keep pace with rising prices. (Nikkei)
Sep 06
The government should begin to study the possibility of preparing economy-boosting measures before implementing a planned additional consumption tax increase from 8 percent to 10 percent in October 2015, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Friday. (The Japan News)
Sep 05
Tokyo stocks ended flat on Friday, losing early gains driven by the yen hitting a six-year low against the dollar and the European Central Bank's surprise rate cut. (The Standard)
Sep 05
The U.S. dollar briefly hit a near six-year high of around 105.70 yen Friday morning in Tokyo on growing optimism that a U.S. Labor Department report due later in the day will show continuing strength in the world's largest economy. (Kyodo)
Sep 05
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda called on the government Thursday to raise the consumption tax from 8 pct to 10 pct as planned for October 2015. (Jiji Press)
Sep 04
Japanese stocks fell on Thursday, snapping a three-day winning streak as most investors took profits from the recent gains after they quickly priced in the Bank of Japan's decision to maintain its massive monetary stimulus and its upbeat view on the economy. (Reuters)
Sep 04
The biggest domestic task for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's new cabinet is whether to go ahead with plans to raise the consumption tax again next year, as the Japanese economy is faltering after the latest increase in the tax. (Jiji Press)
Sep 04
Takatoshi Ito, one of Japan's best-known economists, will join the Columbia University faculty in January after 12 years as a professor and a dean at the University of Tokyo, the country's most prestigious academic institution. (Wall Street Journal)
Sep 04
A Swiss-based research institute has ranked Japan as the world's 6th most competitive economy, up 3 places from a year earlier. (NHK)
Sep 04
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan for the economy to generate self-sustained growth on the back of his three policy "arrows" of massive monetary easing, spending and reform appears to be faltering - but no magic solution is in sight. (Japan Times)
Sep 03
Japanese shares hit a seven-month high on Wednesday, with financial shares leading the gains, in the hope a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe giving fresh impetus to his "Abenomics" growth-promoting policies. (Reuters)
Sep 03
Sales at all of four major department store operators have turned around to year-on-year growth for the first time since the April 1 consumption tax hike, according to data released by the company. (The Japan News)
Sep 02
Japan's Nikkei share average ended at a seven-month high on Tuesday in active trade as the yen slipped to a seven-month low against the dollar, sending exporters higher on hopes of a boost to earnings. (Economic Times)
Sep 02
Average monthly pay for workers in Japan, including bonuses, rose 2.6 percent in July from a year earlier to 369,846 yen, marking a rise of 2 percent or more for the first time in a decade, the labor ministry said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Sep 02
Japan will realize 3.5 trillion yen in investments and loans to India over the coming five years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged at a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Tokyo Monday. (Jiji Press)
Sep 01
Tokyo stocks rose 0.34 percent Monday as investor sentiment was encouraged by pre-weekend Wall Street gains and the yen's depreciation against the U.S. dollar. (shanghaidaily.com)
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