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May 19
The benchmark Nikkei average rose on overnight rises in European and U.S. markets on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Tuesday, closing above 20,000 for the first time in about three weeks. (Japan Times)
May 18
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Monday to a near 3-week high, bolstered by gains in the insurance sector after Dai-ichi Life announced higher shareholder payouts. (Reuters)
May 15
Tokyo stocks rose 0.83 percent Friday, as several firms announced share buy-backs and after the S&P 500 surged to another record close, but Nikon shares plunged on a weak earnings forecast. (thepeninsulaqatar.com)
May 13
Japanese stocks rose to over two-week highs on Wednesday, bouncing from earlier losses helped by investors buying Nikkei futures and on expectations the Bank Of Japan would buy equities, traders said. (Reuters)
May 13
Japan's current account surplus in March came to 2,795.3 billion yen, up sharply from 130.6 billion yen a year before and the highest since 2008 for the month, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
May 13
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed his macroeconomic policy panel Tuesday to seek ways to achieve both fiscal reconstruction and economic growth. (Jiji Press)
May 13
Japan's composite index of coincident economic indicators for March fell 1.2 points from the previous month, the Cabinet Office said Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
May 12
Tokyo's benchmark index have finished flat on Tuesday after late bargain-hunting offset early losses, while investors nervously eye Greece's tense bailout talks. (skynews.com.au)
May 12
Japan plans to set a medium-term target to achieve its key fiscal reform goal in fiscal 2020, aiming to reduce the ratio of the primary deficit to gross domestic product to around 1 percent in fiscal 2018, sources close to the matter said Monday. (Kyodo)
May 11
Stocks advanced sharply Monday on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, driven by Wall Street's surge late last week on strong U.S. government jobs data. (Japan Times)
May 09
The Japanese government's debts hit a record 1,053,357.2 billion yen at the end of March, up some 28 trillion yen from a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said Friday. (Jiji Press)
May 08
Tokyo stocks rose 0.45 percent Friday after Wall Street rallied and the yen eased on hopes for a solid US jobs report, while Nintendo shares surged on better-than-expected earnings. (brecorder.com)
May 06
Rents on newly constructed office buildings in Tokyo have climbed for the first time in two years thanks to improving business sentiment driving office expansion. (Nikkei)
May 04
Japan's public and private sectors will work together to improve the quality and amount of infrastructure investment in Asia, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Sunday. (Jiji Press)
May 03
The head of the Asian Development Bank has agreed to cooperate with the China-proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on development in the region. (NHK)
May 01
Japan's core inflation rate edged up in March and unemployment eased slightly, according to data released Friday, offering glimmers of promise for the world's No. 3 economy as it struggles to get growth back on track after years of stagnation. (Japan Today)
May 01
The Bank of Japan on Thursday trimmed its price forecasts and delayed the timing of achieving its 2 percent inflation target due to weak consumption following last year's consumption tax hike, but the central bank stood pat on monetary policy. (Kyodo)
May 01
The Liberal Democratic Party is considering the idea of using so-called dormant deposits - money in bank accounts that have had no deposit or withdrawal activity for 10 years or longer - to support public-interest activities, party officials said. (The Japan News)
Apr 30
Japanese shares suffered their biggest loss in four months on Thursday on weak U.S. growth figures and lacklustre earnings from Japanese companies including Honda Motor. (Reuters)
Apr 30
Japan's central bank has defied expectations it might expand its monetary stimulus to help get growth back on track, keeping policy unchanged despite data showing factory output fell in March. (Japan Today)
Apr 29
The industry ministry Tuesday proposed lowering the country's reliance on nuclear power to 20 percent-22 percent of all sources of electricity by fiscal 2030 from 28.6 percent in fiscal 2010. (The Japan News)
Apr 28
Tokyo stocks staged modest gains on Tuesday, as strong buying in earnings-related performers such as Fanuc and Denso helped the Nikkei Stock Average snap a two-day slide. (dailytelegraph.com.au)
Apr 28
Japan's already less-than-sterling credit rating took another hit from Fitch's downgrade Monday, but the country's bonds and currency are likely to remain impervious to the blow. (cnbc.com)
Apr 28
The meager sunshine hours this month has hit consumers' wallets as it delayed the harvest of vegetables and led to a surge in their prices. (The Japan News)
Apr 28
Japan has been conducting the most audacious monetary experiment in modern economic history, but there are plenty of signs the experiment has not been audacious enough. (Japan Times)
Apr 27
Fitch Ratings downgraded Japan on Monday amid concerns about Japan's failure to tackle its debt-to-GDP ratio, after the country failed to account for the financial impact of a deferred tax increase. The international credit ratings agency downgraded Japan to an 'A' from an 'A+'. (ibtimes.com)
Apr 27
The Nikkei 225 Monday fell 0.19% as traders awaited a flood of earnings reports this week, but mulled central bank policy meetings in the United States and Japan. The small Friday gain on Wall Street was shrugged off. (nasdaq.com)
Apr 24
Japanese stocks fell for the first time in four days, paring the Topix index's biggest weekly gain since February, after weak US economic data pushed the yen higher against the dollar. (straitstimes.com)
Apr 24
The industry ministry is looking to set the target for the ratio of nuclear power generation to Japan's total electricity production in 2030 between 20 percent to 22 percent, compared with 28.6 percent in fiscal 2010 before the Fukushima nuclear crisis, sources close to the matter said Thursday. (Kyodo)
Apr 23
Tokyo stocks extended their gains on Thursday, a day after the benchmark index closed above 20,000 for the first time in 15 years. (Global Post)
Apr 22
The Nikkei Stock Average ended Wednesday above the 20,000 threshold for the first time in 15 years as robust Japanese trade data boosted confidence in the country's economic recovery. (Kyodo)
Apr 22
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade surplus of 229.3 billion yen in March, posting the first surplus in two years and nine months, the Ministry of Finance said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Apr 22
Japanese shares rallied to a 15-year high on Wednesday on expectations of improved corporate earnings, while oil sagged after Saudi Arabia ended its military campaign in Yemen, easing tensions in the energy-rich Middle East. (Reuters)
Apr 21
Japan and the United States on Tuesday failed to reach an agreement over thorny issues, such as an import quota for U.S. rice and automotive trade, at bilateral ministerial talks for a broader Trans-Pacific Partnership deal. (Jiji Press)
Apr 21
The government left its basic economic assessment unchanged from the previous month in its April monthly economic report released Monday. (The Japan News)
Apr 20
Tokyo shares ended slightly lower on Monday as sentiment here was punched by concerns over a possible debt default in Greece, but the downturn was held by Japanese earnings reports later in the week. (Global Post)
Apr 20
Japan's minister in charge of TPP negotiations and the US Trade Representative ended their first day talks in Tokyo on Sunday. (NHK)
Apr 18
Consumer confidence in Japan improved in March for the fourth straight month. (NHK)
Apr 17
Japan's Nikkei share average dropped to its lowest in more than a week on Friday after weaker-than-expected U.S. housing data soured the mood, and investors awaited Japanese corporate results coming out from next week. (thehindubusinessline.com)
Apr 17
The average hike in monthly salary agreed on between labor and management at 62 major Japanese companies in this year's "shunto" spring wage talks hit a 21-year high of 8,502 yen, up 2.59 pct, the Japan Business Federation said in an interim survey report Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Apr 17
The US Treasury Department says Japan overtook China in February as the top foreign holder of US government bonds. (NHK)
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)
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