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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)
Aug 31
Vegetable prices are soaring due to the summer's heavy rains and a lack of sunshine across the nation, making for poorer growing and harvesting conditions than in usual years. (Asahi)
Aug 29
Tokyo stocks lost 0.23 percent Friday following a weak slate of Japanese data while investors were also spooked by renewed Ukraine-Russia tensions. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
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)
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