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Jul 01
A two-month government campaign got under way on Wednesday prompting central government employees to begin work early and leave on time. (Kyodo)
Jul 01
The mood among big Japanese corporations is unexpectedly upbeat despite recent data showing the recovery appears to be stalling. (Asahi)
Jul 01
Japan's debts are expected to reach about 1,035 trillion yen, or nearly 8.5 trillion dollars, at the end of next March. (NHK)
Jun 30
Tokyo stocks have gained 0.63 per cent, rebounding after sharp losses in the previous session as investors brace for an expected Greek default later in the day. (tradingroom.com.au)
Jun 30
Salarymen's allowances have fallen to their lowest level in 33 years even as the cost of lunch has surged, showing the pinch felt by workers that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is counting on to drive a recovery in the economy. (Japan Times)
Jun 29
Tokyo stocks plummeted on Monday, with the Nikkei index seeing its biggest points drop this year, as a Greek debt default looked likely this week following the collapse of eleventh-hour talks over the weekend. (Kyodo)
Jun 29
Japan's industrial production in May fell 2.2 pct from the previous month, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Monday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 26
Japan's household spending in May posted its first increase in one year and 2 months. (NHK)
Jun 26
Stocks lost further ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Friday, driven down by position-adjustment selling and profit-taking prior to the weekend and the end of the month. (Japan Times)
Jun 25
Japan and the United States are arranging to resume bilateral talks for a Pacific free trade agreement as early as next week, negotiation sources said Wednesday, as the two countries and 10 other members of the initiative now hope to conclude a deal in July. (Kyodo)
Jun 24
The Nikkei index closed at an 18-year, six-month high Wednesday amid improved investor sentiment drawing from perceptions that Greece is likely to seal a deal with its creditors to avert a default and an exit from the eurozone. (Kyodo)
Jun 23
The Nikkei index closed at a 15-year high on Tuesday as Greece looked closer to reaching a deal on its debt to avert default, boosting investor sentiment and allowing buying underpinned by optimism about the Japanese economy to take hold. (Kyodo)
Jun 22
Japan stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Insurance, Banking and Fishery sectors led shares higher. (investing.com)
Jun 20
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda stressed Friday that the central bank's decision to reduce the frequency of its monetary policy meetings will not lead to any delay in the implementation of necessary policy actions. (Jiji Press)
Jun 19
Stocks rebounded on Friday, with investor sentiment supported by higher overseas markets. (Japan Times)
Jun 19
Wages earned by workers in Japan in April fell 0.1 pct from a year before in price-adjusted real terms, a downward revision from a 0.1 pct increase announced earlier this month, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 19
Foreign ownership of Japanese stocks hit a fresh high for the third straight year in fiscal 2014, largely because of expectations for strong corporate performance and solid returns. (Nikkei)
Jun 17
The Japanese government plans to revamp a taxation system designed to give a leg up to small and midsize companies as corporations with huge annual sales purposely keep their capital small to take advantage of the system. (Nikkei)
Jun 15
Japanese share prices ended little changed in thin trade on Monday as worries over the deadlock between Greece and its creditors and caution ahead of the US Federal Reserve's monetary policy committee meeting discouraged buying. (thehindubusinessline.com)
Jun 11
Japanese stocks rose on Thursday to snap a four-day losing streak and bouncing from three-week lows, taking heart from Wall Street's rally overnight and as Greece appeared to inch closer to reaching a cash-for-reform deal with its creditors. (Reuters)
Jun 11
A government panel on Wednesday adopted the outline of basic policies for economic and fiscal management and reform, which sets a target of cutting the primary balance deficit to about 1 percent of gross domestic product by the end of fiscal 2018. (The Japan News)
Jun 11
From South Korea to Indonesia and India, monetary authorities are preparing to let their currencies weaken as a falling Japanese yen makes their economies uncompetitive, and drags them into what some policymakers are calling a "currency war." (The Japan News)
Jun 10
Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a three-week low on Wednesday and suffered its fourth consecutive losing session as the yen surged following comments from Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. (economictimes)
Jun 10
Japan's seasonally adjusted core machinery orders in April rose 3.8 pct from the previous month, the Cabinet Office said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 08
Japan's economy grew at an annualized real 3.9 percent in the first quarter of 2015, a faster pace than initially estimated, adding to the view that it is on a recovery track after last year's consumption tax hike triggered a recession. (Kyodo)
Jun 08
Japan posted a surplus in its current account for the 10th consecutive month in April on the back of an improved trade balance and strong income from overseas investments. (marketwatch.com)
Jun 07
Japan and China agreed to push for infrastructure development in Asia during a bilateral finance dialogue in Beijing on Saturday. (The Japan News)
Jun 07
After failing twice, a state-sponsored bill to revise the worker dispatch law so companies can use temporary workers as long as they wish, looks set to pass the Diet now that an opposition party has agreed to put the controversial legislation to a vote, it was learned Saturday. (Japan Times)
Jun 06
A key index of Japan's economic health rose in April for the first time in 3 months. (NHK)
Jun 05
Tokyo stocks slipped 0.13 per cent by the close as concerns over the US economy and debt-ridden Greece dragged the market into negative territory. (tradingroom.com.au)
Jun 04
Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday morning after U.S. and European shares strengthened, but Rakuten Inc tumbled after announcing plans to issue $1.6 billion in new shares. (Reuters)
Jun 03
Stocks lost further ground on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Wednesday, pressured by profit-taking after the recent rises. (Japan Times)
Jun 03
Japan's smallest unit of currency, the one-yen coin that buys nothing, has now been in circulation for 60 years. (Asahi)
Jun 03
Japan's inflation-adjusted real wage index in April rose 0.1 pct from a year earlier, the first increase in two years, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said in a preliminary report Tuesday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 02
Tokyo shares ended Tuesday slightly lower with its benchmark Nikkei stocks index ending a 12-day gaining streak as investors sought to cash in recent profits after rallies, while a weaker yen helped hold the downside. (eastday.com)
Jun 02
Economists expect upward revisions to Japan's gross domestic product in January-March, estimates released by 10 private-sector think tanks showed Monday. (Jiji Press)
Jun 01
The Nikkei 225 Monday traded sideways but edged up 0.03% by the closing bell, pushing the bellwether index into positive territory for 12 straight trading days, a first since Feb. 1988. (nasdaq.com)
Jun 01
The Bank of Japan's purchases of shares in real-estate investment trusts has buoyed this key market, helping breathe life back into the nation's moribund property industry. (Bloomberg)
Jun 01
Tax breaks come in many forms. Charitable gifts. Health-care expenses. Mortgage-interest payments. In the fishing village of Hirado, they come in a cooler. It is part of the great tax giveaway happening across Japan. (seattletimes.com)
May 29
The key Nikkei average extended its winning streak to an 11th session to rewrite its highest closing level in more than 15 years for the eighth consecutive trading day on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Friday, thanks to buying backed by brisk corporate earnings. (Japan Times)
May 28
The trend of the yen falling against the U.S. dollar has been accelerating amid investors' expectations of the gap widening between Japanese and U.S. interest rates. The weakening of the yen is favorable for Japanese exporters, with market observers thinking that stock prices will remain high. (The Japan News)
May 27
Tokyo stocks squeaked out another positive session Wednesday with the benchmark index marking its ninth straight day of gains, as a weak yen offset falls on Wall Street. (Global Post)
May 26
Tokyo stocks climbed 0.74 percent Monday, a seventh successive rise, with the benchmark index ending at a 15-year high as a weak yen boosted exporters. (menafn.com)
May 25
Japan's Nikkei share average rose for a seventh day and closed at a fresh 15-year high on Monday, helped by ongoing optimism for higher shareholder returns and the recovering economy. (Economic Times)
May 25
Japan swung back to a trade deficit in April after the first surplus in almost three years in March, but the shortfall shrank drastically year-on-year thanks to stronger exports and lower energy bills, official data showed Monday. (Japan Times)
May 25
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has voiced strong concern over the shrinking of the country's working-age population. (The Japan News)
May 22
Tokyo shares ended higher on Friday with the benchmark Nikkei index logging a sixth straight day of gaining on the Bank of Japan's decision to maintain its ultra- loose monetary policy. (shanghaidaily.com)
May 22
The Bank of Japan decided Friday to maintain its current monetary easing policy and assessment of the economy as recovering moderately, while upgrading views on personal consumption and housing investment after waning of adverse effects of last year's sales tax hike. (Kyodo)
May 22
Japan will provide a total of 110 billion dollars over the next five years to boost by 30 pct financial assistance for promoting infrastructure development in other Asian countries, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday. (Jiji Press)
May 21
Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat on Thursday after hitting a fresh 15-year high as investors took profits ahead of the Bank of Japan's two-day policy meeting on Friday. (thehindubusinessline.com)
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