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Jan 30
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Friday as strong company earnings led by Nomura Holdings and Advantest Corp buoyed the sentiment, but a sell-off in index-heavyweight SoftBank Corp limited the gains. (thehindubusinessline.com)
Jan 30
Japan's job availability rose in December to its best level in 22 years while the unemployment rate improved to 3.4 percent, suggesting that companies are willing to hire more workers as corporate profits recover, the government said Friday. (Kyodo)
Jan 29
Tokyo stocks closed 1.06 percent lower on Thursday, with videogame giant Nintendo and Canon tumbling after their latest earnings disappointed investors, and after Wall Street fell sharply. (globalpost.com)
Jan 29
The top leaders of Japan's biggest business group and labor union umbrella body held a meeting Thursday, marking the start of "shunto" wage negotiations this year. (Jiji Press)
Jan 29
The top US trade official says he expects countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal to reach agreement on agricultural tariffs within several months. (NHK)
Jan 29
Japan Inc has changed too much for traditional monetary and fiscal incentives to work on their own. So the ripest targets for the Bank of Japan could well lie outside Tokyo and the headquarters of the country's once world-beating companies (business-standard.com)
Jan 28
Japan stocks gained further on Wednesday to a fresh one-month high, as the yen weakened versus the greenback ahead of the outcome of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting later in the day. (marketwatch.com)
Jan 26
Japanese stocks pulled back on Monday as investors worried about Greece remaining in the eurozone after an anti-austerity party won Sunday's election. (morningstar.com)
Jan 26
Japan logged a customs-cleared trade deficit of 660.7 billion yen in December, much smaller than the year-before deficit of 1,307.2 billion yen, the Ministry of Finance said Monday. (Jiji Press)
Jan 25
Japan has offered to import more rice from the United States in a compromise aimed at pushing forward the Asia-Pacific regional trade talks, the Nikkei reported on Sunday. (Reuters)
Jan 23
Tokyo stocks have risen 1.05 per cent by the close after European and US markets rallied on the European Central Bank's announcement of a bigger-than-expected stimulus program. (perthnow.com.au)
Jan 22
Japan could see some "concrete movement" in its real economy in 2015, an economic adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, adding that inflation expectations have been rising under the Bank of Japan's monetary stimulus. (Reuters)
Jan 22
Tokyo stocks finished 0.28 percent higher Thursday after a day of see-saw trade as investors await the European Central Bank's monetary policy meeting later in the day. (brecorder.com)
Jan 22
By acknowledging a delay in reaching the goal of 2% inflation, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda risks dampening market expectations for policies that have led to a weaker yen and higher stock prices. (Nikkei)
Jan 22
Existing-store sales at supermarkets in Japan sank for an 18th straight year in 2014 amid sluggish consumer spending on food, apparel and daily necessities, according to figures released Wednesday by the Japan Chain Stores Association. (Nikkei)
Jan 21
Tokyo shares fell on Wednesday, countering a broad rally in Asian markets, after the Bank of Japan slashed its inflation forecast and held off fresh easing measures after a two-day meeting. (globalpost.com)
Jan 21
The Bank of Japan Wednesday cut its inflation forecast for the next fiscal year, as the recent plunge in oil prices has put pressure on price increases, crimping the bank's efforts to defeat deflation. (Kyodo)
Jan 21
Economic activity in China is clearly losing steam as the real estate market cools, and the slower growth in the world's second-largest economy is taking a toll on the rest of Asia and the world. (Nikkei)
Jan 20
Japanese stocks made their biggest gain in a month on Tuesday, and Chinese stocks bounced back from a selloff, after data showed China's economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter. (marketwatch.com)
Jan 20
Japan and France held the first meeting of their ministerial-level economic and fiscal dialogue in Tokyo on Monday, agreeing on cooperation in the lead-up to the February meeting of finance ministers and central bank chiefs of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies. (Jiji Press)
Jan 20
A survey shows smaller Japanese companies are not benefiting from the weaker yen as much as big corporations. (NHK)
Jan 19
Tokyo stocks have risen 0.89 per cent, tracking a positive lead from Wall Street. The surge comes with higher oil prices lifting confidence and investors hoping the European Central Bank will announce fresh stimuli this week. (skynews.com.au)
Jan 19
The weak yen is prompting some Japanese firms to bring overseas production back home, raising expectations the "reshoring" trend may slow down the ongoing industrial hollowing out of Japan. (The Japan News)
Jan 18
Japan's national wealth has reached a record high. Government officials cite higher stock prices boosted by the Bank of Japan's monetary-easing policy. (NHK)
Jan 17
The average retail price of regular gasoline in Japan dropped for the 25th straight week as of Tuesday, tying the record for the longest consecutive decline, according to the Natural Resources and Energy Agency. (The Japan News)
Jan 16
Japan's Nikkei share average fell 2.3 percent on Friday morning after US stocks dropped for a fifth day and the yen rose after Switzerland abandoned its cap on the franc, hurting Japanese exporters such as electronics and car manufacturers. (brecorder.com)
Jan 15
The Bank of Japan said Thursday that a moderate recovery remains underway in all regional economies, upholding previous upbeat assessments because of the expectation that cheaper oil will spur consumption. ()
Jan 15
Tokyo stocks have jumped 1.86 per cent after two days of losses, as the yen retreated against the US dollar, boosting major exporters. (dailytelegraph.com.au)
Jan 15
An economic partnership agreement for free trade between Japan and Australia took effect on Thursday in what the two countries' leaders called a "historic development" in their economic relations. (Jiji Press)
Jan 15
Japan is on track to meet its interim deficit-reduction goal next fiscal year but is still far way off in regaining fiscal health as the government remains unable to enact changes necessary to fundamentally address the country's towering debt. (Nikkei)
Jan 13
Japanese stocks snapped a three-session winning streak on Tuesday, as oil stocks led the index lower on a renewed drop in crude prices. (marketwatch.com)
Jan 13
Cabinet ministers have finalized the draft budget for fiscal 2015, which begins in April. It amounts to a record 96.34 trillion yen, or about 814 billion dollars. (NHK)
Jan 13
The government adopted economic projections for fiscal 2015 from April at a Cabinet meeting Monday, estimating year-on-year real growth of 1.5 percent in the nation's gross domestic product. (The Japan News)
Jan 12
Foreign companies roughly tripled purchases of real estate in Japan last year, driven by the weaker yen and expectations of a market recovery on the back of higher corporate earnings and the 2020 Olympic Games. (Nikkei)
Jan 10
The Japanese government and ruling coalition are in the final stage of talks to set the scale of general-account spending at around 96.9 trillion yen in the initial budget proposal for fiscal 2015, informed sources said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Jan 09
Japan's composite index of coincident economic indicators for November fell 1.0 point from the previous month, the first drop in three months, the Cabinet Office said Friday. (Jiji Press)
Jan 09
The Nikkei rose for a third day on Friday on growing confidence in the US economy and hopes of aggressive stimulus steps in Europe, while Fast Retailing Co rose after reporting strong quarterly profits. (thehindubusinessline.com)
Jan 09
Analysts who survey bankrupt Japanese companies say the number of firms last year that blamed the weaker yen was more than double the amount in 2013. (NHK)
Jan 09
Japanese government officials are expected to forecast real economic growth of around 1.5 percent in the fiscal year ahead. They are likely to predict nominal gross domestic product, which includes price rises, will be 2.7 percent. (NHK)
Jan 08
Tokyo stocks rose 1.67 percent Thursday as market sentiment was lifted by upbeat U.S. job data. (globalpost.com)
Jan 08
The government is expecting Japan's economy will shrink in the current fiscal year, with higher domestic prices triggered by the April 1 consumption tax hike and the weaker yen hurting private spending, sources close to the matter said Wednesday. (Kyodo)
Jan 07
Indonesia is considering a halt to the Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement, as the deal fails to boost the Southeast Asian country's trade with Japan since it has posted a deficit for every year since 2008. (Jakarta Globe)
Jan 07
Japanese stocks ended flat today (January 7th), with investors awaiting key domestic and US economic data on Friday, amid ongoing worries over sliding oil prices and the sluggish global growth. (cityindex.co.uk)
Jan 07
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday again urged business leaders to raise wages this year to help get Japan's economy out of more than a decade of deflation. (Kyodo)
Jan 07
An economic rebound and loose money policy under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe briefly halted a long slide in Japan's commercial property market, but the benefits of "Abenomics" appear increasingly limited to Tokyo, leaving a moribund hinterland. (Japan Today)
Jan 06
Tokyo stocks tumbled 3.02 percent on Tuesday continuing a global equity market sell-off fuelled by political turmoil in Greece that has fanned fears over the eurozone. (dunyanews.tv)
Jan 06
Fresh off a decisive victory in last month's lower house election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government are expected to tackle job market reform. But revamping Japan's rigid employment system will require drastic steps, such as changing the way corporate jobs are structured. (Nikkei)
Jan 06
Japan will likely provide less official development assistance in fiscal 2015 than in fiscal 2014 due to the weakening yen, raising concerns that the country may lose some influence in the international arena. (Nikkei)
Jan 06
To reduce damage expected to be caused by flooding, drought and other consequences of climate change in developing countries, $500 billion (around 60 trillion yen) will be necessary at the maximum a year by 2050, according to an estimate by the U.N. Environment Program. (Kyodo)
Jan 05
Tokyo stocks edged down for a third straight decline on Monday, the first trading day of 2015, as investors remained reluctant to take risks amid political uncertainty in Greece. (Kyodo)
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