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Apr 16
Japanese stocks edged up on Thursday, as buying in oil and mining shares reversed early losses, offsetting profit-taking in recent gainers such as food stocks, while Sharp Corp surged on restructuring hopes. (Reuters)
Apr 16
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development urged Japan on Wednesday to boost economic growth through bold structural reforms. (Jiji Press)
Apr 16
Japan and the United States restarted working-level talks as part of Trans-Pacific Partnership multilateral free trade negotiations in Tokyo on Wednesday. (The Japan News)
Apr 15
Most Japanese stocks fell, led by losses at agricultural companies and brokerages. Energy explorers jumped as crude rose for a fifth day. (Bloomberg)
Apr 15
The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday it has revised up its economic growth projection for Japan in 2015 by 0.4 percentage point to 1.0 pct in real terms mainly thanks to the yen's weakness and lower crude oil prices. (Jiji Press)
Apr 14
Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Tuesday as investors preferred to pull back a little after the recent rally as they prepared for the looming earnings season. (customstoday.com.pk)
Apr 14
The Bank of Japan on Monday painted a brighter economic picture in three of the country's nine regions, mainly citing recoveries in production and improvements in the employment situation. (Jiji Press)
Apr 14
Japanese and U.S. officials will meet from Wednesday in a bid to strike a two-way deal giving momentum to a pan-Pacific free-trade pact, the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), ahead of a leaders' summit late this month. (Reuters)
Apr 13
Tokyo stocks ended virtually flat on Monday amid lackluster trading, as selling in automaker shares offset buying in select heavily weighted stocks such as Nippon Electric Glass and Alps Electronics. (dailytelegraph.com.au)
Apr 13
Monetary stimulus is forcing Japan's regional banks to take risk on foreign debt and equity-like securities, the sector's most senior figure told the Financial Times, as the Bank of Japan (BoJ) easing shakes up the country's financial industry. (todayonline.com)
Apr 12
Monetary easing and optimism about the economy pushed the Nikkei stock index above 20,000 points for the first time in 15 years Friday, but analysts warn that share prices may be higher than warranted by the real economy. (Japan Times)
Apr 11
Japan's Economic Revitalization Minister Akira Amari says a "mini" stock bubble can be seen in a positive light. (NHK)
Apr 10
AN EARLY strength of Abenomics, the plan of Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, to revive Japan's economy, was the tight bond between Mr Abe and his handpicked central-bank governor, Haruhiko Kuroda. (economist.com)
Apr 10
Tokyo stocks ended slightly lower Friday as investors locked in gains after the Nikkei index hit 20,000 points for the first time since April 17, 2000, amid heightened expectations for further corporate earnings growth in Japan. (Kyodo)
Apr 10
Japan's Nikkei retreated from the highest level in 15 years on Friday. The Nikkei edged down 0.1% to 19,920.86, after exceeding 20,000 for the first time since April 2000 during the morning session. (Japan Today)
Apr 09
Japan's Nikkei rose to a fresh 15-year high on Thursday, getting in sight of 20,000, on hopes that foreigners will continue to buy Japanese stocks due to optimism about an economic recovery and strong corporate profits. (Reuters)
Apr 09
Akira Banzai, president of the Central Union of Agricultural Cooperatives, or JA Zenchu, said Thursday he will step down from the post before his second three-year term of office expires in 2017. (Reuters)
Apr 09
The Bank of Japan decided to keep its monetary policy intact at a two-day policy-setting meeting ended Wednesday although inflation is slowing on the back of falling oil prices. (Jiji Press)
Apr 08
The Nikkei Stock Average ended Wednesday's session at a 15-year high of 19,789.81. But although the index has moved within striking distance of the 20,000 mark, getting there may prove challenging. (Nikkei)
Apr 07
Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida says the country will likely be asked to make massive investments if it decides to join the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. (NHK)
Apr 07
The Japanese government has become the target of growing criticism over its decision not to become a founder member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. (scmp.com)
Apr 07
Tokyo stocks closed at a nearly two- week high Tuesday as investor sentiment was lifted by overnight gains on Wall Street. (eastday.com)
Apr 06
Tokyo shares slipped Monday after worse-than-expected U.S. jobs data prompted dollar weakness and renewed pessimism. (marketwatch.com)
Apr 06
Japan is one of the most export-oriented economies in the world. In this context, it comes as no surprise that the policies of Abenomics are geared towards facilitating an ideal environment for export-led companies to thrive. (seekingalpha.com)
Apr 05
Japan's central bank is still faced with difficult policy maneuvering, two years after unleashing massive monetary easing measures. (NHK)
Apr 03
Tokyo stocks gained 0.63 percent Friday after a positive lead from Wall Street while investors awaited the release of a key US jobs report later in the day. (Global Post)
Apr 03
As part of efforts to keep the economy on its recovery path, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday urged small and midsize enterprises to raise wages. (Nikkei)
Apr 02
The residents of Kotobuki live not far from the glitzy shops and upscale restaurants of Yokohama, Japan's second-biggest city, adjoining Tokyo, the capital. Yet Kotobuki is an altogether different world: a squalid district, it is a pit stop for local Japanese on their way to destitution. (economist.com)
Apr 02
Tokyo stocks jumped 1.46 percent on Thursday, rebounding after two days of losses despite a negative lead from Wall Street, while investors await the release of US jobs data. (brecorder.com)
Apr 01
The Japanese government chose not to join a planned Chinese-led Asian development bank by Tuesday's deadline set by China for accepting founding members for the new institution. (Kyodo)
Mar 31
Japan on Tuesday ruled out any immediate plan to join the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), categorically denying a news report that its ambassador to China said Tokyo is likely to take part. (Japan Today)
Mar 31
Tokyo stocks fell 1.05 percent Tuesday as profit-taking erased early gains on the last day of the Japanese financial year, but the Nikkei index still booked a 10 percent gain over the quarter. (Global Post)
Mar 31
Japan's government is considering raising income taxes for the wealthy and increasing the inheritance tax if it looks unlikely to reach its goal of returning to a primary budget surplus in 2020, government sources said. (Reuters)
Mar 30
Tokyo stocks rose on Monday, as a major rally in Shanghai shares and dip-buying after two days of brisk selling helped prop up the major indexes. (dailytelegraph.com.au)
Mar 25
The Japanese government will not decide on whether to join the new China-led development bank before the March 31 deadline set by Beijing, citing such issues as transparency at the institution. (Nikkei)
Mar 25
Japan's future prosperity will depend on improving its lagging productivity, says a report by McKinsey Global Institute that urges companies to boost their competitiveness by better use of their workers. (Japan Today)
Mar 25
The Bank of Japan is emerging as the nation's second-largest stock investor, with its portfolio topping 10 trillion yen ($82.7 billion) in market value this month. (Nikkei)
Mar 24
Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Tuesday as a weak factory activity survey in China and a drop in U.S. markets weighed on investor confidence, but losses were limited by expectations of better returns for holders of Japanese shares. (Reuters)
Mar 24
Japanese government officials say business output and profits are improving. They've upgraded their take on the nation's economy for the first time in 8 months. (NHK)
Mar 23
Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15-year high on Monday, tracking gains in U.S. shares, while Eisai Co jumped 21 percent after a brokerage upgraded the stock, citing the effectiveness of its drug to treat Alzheimer's disease. (Reuters)
Mar 21
The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry announced on Thursday that it will double surcharges based on the government's feed-in tariff program in fiscal 2015 for the purpose of broadening adoption of renewable energy. (The Japan News)
Mar 21
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key will push for an early end to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations during his upcoming trip to Japan, as part of a drive toward greater economic integration within the Asia-Pacific. (Nikkei)
Mar 20
Japan's Nikkei share average hit a fresh 15-year high on Friday in choppy trade and gained for a sixth week on expectations for better shareholder returns, but Nintendo Co dived on profit-taking after soaring for two days. (Economic Times)
Mar 20
The Abe administration on Friday signaled cautious approval of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and said for the first time that under certain conditions, it could join the institution. (Japan Times)
Mar 20
Some Japanese government officials have started to call for the nation to join a development bank proposed by China. (NHK)
Mar 19
Tokyo stocks fell 0.35 per cent Thursday after a surprisingly dovish forecast by the Federal Reserve for US economic growth and interest rates sent the yen surging against the dollar. (customstoday)
Mar 19
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Wednesday it has raised its estimate for Japan's real economic growth in 2015 to 1.0 pct from the previous projection of 0.8 pct. (Jiji Press)
Mar 18
Land prices in Japan's three largest metropolitan areas gained for a second consecutive year as interest rates at record lows boosted housing demand and property investments. (Bloomberg)
Mar 18
The Nikkei index rose to a fresh 15-year high Wednesday as wage hikes at large firms fueled optimism about the Japanese economy, while investors also waited for a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting for clues as to when the Fed will raise interest rates. (Kyodo)
Mar 18
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday the possibly cannot be ruled out that prices in Japan will drop slightly due to cheaper oil. (Jiji Press)
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