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Jul 30
A record high 13.5 percent of existing housing units in Japan were vacant as of last Oct. 1, up 0.4 percentage point from five years earlier when the survey was last conducted, the government said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Jul 30
The Japanese government moved Tuesday to give the least-paid workers their second-biggest raise in the past 20 years. (Nikkei)
Jul 29
Tokyo shares rose to a fresh six-month closing high on Tuesday, buoyed by a weaker yen and robust earnings from blue chips like Nissan Motor Co, suggesting some sectors were weathering the impact of a recent sales tax hike. (Reuters)
Jul 28
Tokyo stocks rose 0.46 percent Monday to close at a fresh six-month high as Japanese earnings season gets into full swing. (brecorder.com)
Jul 26
Japan can increase its female workforce by about one million if it takes steps to improve the working environment for women raising children, the government said in its annual economic and fiscal white paper on Friday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 26
The government plans to join shale gas development in Mexico, aiming to start imports of the cheap natural gas in the mid-2020s, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (The Japan News)
Jul 25
Tokyo stocks surged 1.13 percent Friday, with its benchmark the Nikkei stock index ending at a six- month high following yen's depreciation. (globalpost.com)
Jul 25
Members of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, agreed on Thursday to enhance its cooperation with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government. (Jiji Press)
Jul 24
Tokyo stocks lost modest early gains to finish down 0.29 percent on Thursday, but a slightly stronger yen helped prop up the Japanese market. (The Standard)
Jul 24
Japan registered a 7,598.4 billion yen deficit in goods trade for the six months through June, the biggest on record for any six-month period, due partly to slow growth in exports and a surge in imports amid the prolonged halt of nuclear power plants, the government said Thursday. (Kyodo)
Jul 23
Tokyo stocks closed down 0.10 percent on Wednesday as early buying following a positive lead from Wall Street ran out of steam. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
Jul 23
Japan and Mongolia on Tuesday reached an economic partnership agreement in principle, including an eventual elimination of tariffs on used cars imported from Japan. (The Japan News)
Jul 23
The Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, a key Japanese government panel, decided at its meeting Tuesday to introduce a special spending quota under the fiscal 2015 budget in order to help revive regional economies and promote measures related to the government's growth strategy. (Jiji Press)
Jul 22
Tokyo stocks rose 0.84 percent on Tuesday, boosted by a weaker yen as traders returned from a three-day holiday weekend. (brecorder.com)
Jul 21
The jury is still out on Abenomics. What has worked? Will it spur inflation or more deflation? Will Tokyo reform for sustainable growth? A panel of experts puts the economy on the spot. (bij.tv)
Jul 19
With three months passed since the hike in the consumption tax rate in April, the drop in demand that followed the last-minute surge prior to the tax increase has eased, leading the government to make an upward revision to its economic assessment. (The Japan News)
Jul 19
Japan's government plans to resume official development assistance to Vietnam after a brief suspension over a bribery scandal involving a Japan-funded project. (NHK)
Jul 18
Tokyo stocks have closed 1.01 per cent lower as the crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in rebel-held eastern Ukraine sent jitters through the market, with shares of major Japanese carriers falling. (tradingroom.com.au)
Jul 18
The Japanese Bankers Association announced Thursday guidelines for banks to decide whether to pay compensation to companies for damage from online banking fraud. (Jiji Press)
Jul 17
Japan is poised to rejoin the world nuclear club -- barely. Yesterday's report vouching for the safety of Kyushu Electric Power Co. (9508)'s atomic station in southern Japan means the utility's two reactors in Sendai may begin operating as soon as October or November, according to Yoko Nobuoka, a Tokyo-based analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. (Bloomberg)
Jul 17
According to Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, an astonishing 16.3% of Japanese children 18 and under lived in "economic hardship" in 2012. (Forbes)
Jul 17
Japanese stocks headed south in the afternoon and the Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell 9.04 pts or 0.06%. (aastocks.com)
Jul 16
Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Wednesday after staying nearly flat for most of the session as investors took profits from gains the previous day, while China's economic data received a muted reaction from the market. (brecorder.com)
Jul 16
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda denied the possibility on Tuesday that year-on-year growth in consumer prices in Japan, excluding the effects of the April 1 consumption tax hike, will fall below one pct this summer. (Jiji Press)
Jul 16
The minimum wage is lower than welfare benefits in five of Japan's 47 prefectures, reflecting rising social insurance premiums, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 15
Japan's Nikkei share average climbed to a 1-1/2-week high on Tuesday after Citigroup's strong earnings and a merger and acquisition deal in the U.S. healthcare industry lifted sentiment. (Economic Times)
Jul 14
When it comes to achieving gender equality, Japan still has a very long way to go, at least according to the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report, which ranked the country 105th in the world by that measure. (The Diplomat)
Jul 14
When Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe came to power in late 2012, he hoped a weaker yen would give exporters a much-needed boost as well as spur the inflation needed to revive the world's third biggest economy. (cnbc.com)
Jul 14
Japan's Nikkei average gained ground on Monday, ending its longest losing streak since the "Abenomics" rally started in November 2012, led by retail buying of small- and medium-cap stocks and speculative buying of index futures. (Reuters)
Jul 14
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to increase the ratio of newly employed female public servants to 30 percent from the fiscal year that begins next April. (NHK)
Jul 13
Pacific trade talks have reached broad agreement on labor issues and sanitary and phytosanitary standards but some difficult aspects remain to be tackled, Japan's chief negotiator said on Saturday. (Reuters)
Jul 11
Tokyo stocks lost 0.34 percent on Friday after a scare over a Portuguese bank sent Wall Street lower and boosted the yen, denting exporter shares. (brecorder.com)
Jul 11
Negotiations in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact meeting that began here July 5 have effectively reached agreement in two areas-labor issues and quarantines related to the safety of imported food. The talks will run through Saturday. (The Japan News)
Jul 10
Japan's Nikkei share average dropped for a fourth day to a fresh 1-1/2-week low on Thursday as worse-than-expected machinery data soured sentiment and U.S. Federal Reserve minutes suggested the end of its stimulus was a sign of economic strength. (Reuters)
Jul 09
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a 1-1/2-week low on Wednesday as the stronger yen hurt exporters, while cooler-than-expected China inflation data also soured sentiment. (Reuters)
Jul 08
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott signed bilateral accords on Tuesday to boost cooperation on defense equipment and technology and free trade after they held summit talks in Canberra to bolster bilateral ties. (Kyodo)
Jul 08
Japan's current account surplus in May fell 7.7 pct from a year before to 522.8 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Jul 08
Tokyo stocks ended down 0.42 percent on Tuesday after a Wall Street sell-off, while exporters were hit by a stronger yen. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
Jul 07
The Bank of Japan said in a quarterly report Monday that it has kept its basic assessments of the current economic situation in all of the country's nine regions intact from the previous report. (Jiji Press)
Jul 07
Japanese shares fell on Monday as profit-taking kicked in after it advanced to a 5-1/2-month high in the previous session. (Reuters)
Jul 07
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his New Zealand counterpart, John Key, confirmed at their meeting here on Monday that the two countries will work hard together for an early conclusion of Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations. (Jiji Press)
Jul 06
Chief negotiators in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks have met in the Canadian capital of Ottawa in a bid to resolve differences on tariffs, intellectual property rights and other sticking points. (NHK)
Jul 05
Japan's Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry has adopted a blueprint for national development with a target year of 2050. It focuses on linking major cities to increase their competitiveness and building local hubs in rural areas. (NHK)
Jul 04
Tokyo stocks rose 0.58 percent to a more than five-month high Friday after strong US jobs data sparked another record-breaking advance on Wall Street and a dollar rally against the yen. (brecorder.com)
Jul 04
Japan became an investors' darling in 2013 on the heels of Shinzo Abe being elected in December 2012 and enacting a platform of economic change and reform known as Abenomics, which comprised Abe's "three arrows." (seekingalpha.com)
Jul 03
Tokyo stocks closed down 0.14 percent on Thursday, giving up early gains as profit-taking overshadowed another record close on Wall Street, although the weaker yen supported exporters. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
Jul 02
Tokyo stocks closed 0.29 percent higher on Wednesday, as the yen weakened and after Wall Street put in a strong performance with the Dow and S&P 500 powering to new record finishes. (The News)
Jul 02
Japanese companies expect consumer prices in the country to have risen 1.5 percent on average in a year's time, unchanged from three months ago and well below the Bank of Japan's 2 percent inflation target, data released by the central bank showed Wednesday. (Kyodo)
Jul 02
Japan's monetary base increased to a record 233.25 trillion yen in June, up 42.6 percent from a year earlier, the Bank of Japan said Wednesday, as the central bank attempts to boost the economy by providing huge amounts of money. (Nikkei)
Jul 02
The government on Tuesday launched a voluntary power-saving campaign for businesses and households in all parts of Japan except Okinawa, in order to conserve electricity. (Japan Today)
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