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Japan’s Manufacturers Most Optimistic in a Decade as Economy Grows-Reuters Tankan

| Economy & Markets News, News | 14 hours ago

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Japan’s Manufacturers Most Optimistic in a Decade as Economy Grows-Reuters Tankan

Date: Aug 20, 2017
Source: New York Times By REUTERS: Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Eric Meijer

TOKYO — Confidence at Japanese manufacturers rose in August to its highest level in a decade led by producers of industrial materials, a Reuters poll showed, in a further sign of broadening economic recovery.

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Japan Listed ETFs/ETPs Hit Record $219 Billion

| Economy & Markets News, News | 08/13/2017

Japanese-Yen

Japan Listed ETFs/ETPs Hit Record $219 Billion

Date: Aug 4, 2017
Source: ETF Trends by Brenton Garen

Assets invested in exchange traded funds and exchange traded products listed in Japan have increased by 26.7% from US$173.30 billion to reach a new record of US$219.60 billion in the first half of 2017.

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Japan Companies Nearly Triple On The 2017 Forbes Asia “Best Under A Billion” List

| Economy & Markets News, News | 08/03/2017

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Japan Companies Nearly Triple On The 2017 Forbes Asia “Best Under A Billion” List

Date: July 28, 2017
Source: Forbes

SINGAPORE (July 27, 2017) – Japan nearly tripled its presence on the 2017 Forbes Asia’s “Best Under A Billion” list with 38 out of top 200 publicly-traded companies in the Asia-Pacific region, up from 13 last year. 119 companies are new on this year’s list. The full list can be found here and in the latest issue of Forbes Asia.

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Japan’s METI agrees to cooperate on new ADNOC partnership strategy

| Economy & Markets News, News | 07/24/2017

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Japan’s METI agrees to cooperate on new ADNOC partnership strategy

Date: July 21, 2017
Source: Hellenic Shipping News

Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company CEO Sultan al-Jaber agreed Thursday to cooperate on ADNOC’s recently announced new strategy, a METI official said.

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Japanese information technology company NEC is looking at buying British software firm Civica for $1.2 billion

| Economy & Markets News, News | 07/17/2017

A logo of NEC Corp is pictured at CEATEC (Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies)

Japan’s NEC considers buying Civica for $1.2 billion: Sky News
Date: July 13, 2017
Source: Reuters

Japanese information technology company NEC Corp (6701.T) is looking at buying British software firm Civica for 900 million pounds ($1.2 billion) and has hired advisors to work on an offer, Sky News reported.

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Japan’s economy is running the hottest relative to capacity since the global financial crisis.

| Economy & Markets News, News | 07/13/2017

BOJ-Kuroda

BOJ offers most upbeat view on regional Japan in 12 years
Date: July 10, 2017
Source: EconomicTimes

TOKYO: The Bank of Japan offered its most optimistic view of the country’s regional economies in more than a decade on solid exports and private consumption, underscoring its conviction a steady recovery is gathering momentum.

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EU and Japan reach free trade deal

| Economy & Markets News, News | 07/08/2017

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EU and Japan reach free trade deal
Date: July 6, 2017
Source: BBC by Damian Grammaticas

The European Union and Japan have formally agreed an outline free-trade deal.

  • The agreement paves the way for trading in goods without tariff barriers between two of the world’s biggest economic areas.
  • However, few specific details are known and a full, workable agreement may take some time.
  • Two of the most important sectors are Japanese cars and, for Europe, EU farming goods into Japan.

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Japan people spending related to Halloween this year reach 1.3 billion dollars, double the amount from 2011

| Economy & Markets News, News | 10/31/2016

A combination picture shows participants in costumes posing to a camera after a Halloween parade in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo, on Sunday. (Reuters photo)

Halloween all the rage in Japan
Date: Oct 31, 2016
Source: Bangkok Post

Enthusiasm among young Japanese for Halloween continues to grow year by year, not only as a day to enjoy “cosplay” but as a time to spend on goodies like nobody’s business.

Observed in many countries as a time dedicated to remembering the dead, the celebration in Japan has become firmly rooted as an autumn tradition of lighthearted fun or a bit of the macabre.

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JR Kyushu Shares Surge in Tokyo Debut After $4 Billion IPO

| Economy & Markets News, Fukuoka News, Kyushu News, News, Transportation News | 10/26/2016

Kyushu Railway makes firm debut on Tokyo Stock Exchange

JR Kyushu Shares Surge in Tokyo Debut After $4 Billion IPO
Date: October 24, 2016
Source: bloomberg.com by Chris Cooper Kiyotaka Matsuda

Kyushu Railway Co. shares rose on their first day of trading in Tokyo after Japan’s government raised 416 billion yen ($4 billion) selling its entire stake in an initial public offering.

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Japan’s economy grew annualized 1.9 percent in Jan-Mar

| Economy & Markets News, News | 06/07/2016

Japan GDP Jan-Mar 2016

Japan’s Jan.-March GDP upgraded to annual 1.9% rise
Date: 6/8/2016
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan’s economy grew an annualized 1.9 percent in the January-March period in inflation-adjusted terms, an upgrade from preliminary data as corporate capital spending fell less than initially thought, the government said Wednesday.

The expansion in real gross domestic product, the total value of goods and services produced domestically, corresponded to a 0.5 percent increase from the previous quarter, the Cabinet Office said.

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Japan summer bonuses increase about 3.74% (US$8,639)

| Economy & Markets News, News | 06/07/2016

Japan summer bonuses increase 3.74%

Summer Bonuses at Major Japanese Firms Average 927,000 Yen
Date: 06/07/2016
Source: Jiji Press

Tokyo, June 7 (Jiji Press)–The average summer bonus among major Japanese companies is set to rise 3.74 pct from the previous year to 927,415 yen, up for the fourth straight year, a preliminary report by the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, showed on Tuesday.

The growth reflects a rise in the number of companies that link employee bonuses to corporate earnings, according to the survey.

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Japan current account surplus expanded 41.7% from a year earlier to $17.5 billion

| Economy & Markets News, News | 06/06/2016

Japan logs current account surplus Apr 2016

Japan logs current account surplus in April for 22nd month
Date: 6/8/2016
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan posted a current account surplus for the 22nd consecutive month in April, the government said Wednesday, as declining crude oil prices reduced imports and a rising number of foreign tourists continued to push up a travel surplus.

The current account surplus expanded 41.7 percent from a year earlier to 1.88 trillion yen ($17.5 billion), the Finance Ministry said.

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BoJ’s Haruhiko Kuroda remained optimistic about Japan’s economy

| Economy & Markets News, News | 11/19/2015

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda

Positive demand trends keep Kuroda bullish on economy
Date: Nov 20, 2015
Source: Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO — Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda remained optimistic about Japan’s economy and inflation prospects at a post-policy-meeting news conference Thursday, pointing to significant improvement in consumer spending and exports.

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Japan’s core machinery orders up 3.8% to $7.26 billion in April

| Economy & Markets News, News | 06/10/2015

Japan's value of orders hitting the highest level since July 2008

Japan’s April core machinery orders up 3.8% on month
Date: June 10, 2015
Source: Kyodo News

Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 3.8 percent in April from the previous month for the second straight monthly gain, the government said Wednesday, indicating companies are eager to make investments amid an economic recovery.

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Dollar touched 125 yen for first time since late 2002

| Economy & Markets News, News | 06/05/2015

Dollar breaks through ¥125 against yen, at ¥125.53

Dollar Surges to 13-Year High Versus Yen as Jobs May Spur Fed
Date: June 5, 2015
Source: Bloomberg by Lananh Nguyen

The dollar surged to a 13-year high against the yen as a report showed U.S. payrolls climbed in May, boosting the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year.

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Nikkei extends winning streak to 11th day, it’s longest winning streak in 25 years

| Economy & Markets News, News | 05/30/2015

Tokyo stocks book longest winning streak in 25 years

Nikkei extends winning streak to 11th day
Date: May 29, 2015
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The Nikkei index logged 11 straight trading days of gains on Friday, the first such winning streak since February 1988, closing at a 15-year high as investors remained confident about the performance of domestic companies.

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Japan job availability hits 23-year high

| Economy & Markets News, News | 05/28/2015

Japan Job Availability on April 2015

Japan job availability hits 23-year high
Date: May 29, 2015
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo)– Japan’s job availability improved in April to its best level in around 23 years while the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in 18 years, with companies willing to hire more workers on the back of an economic recovery, the government said Friday.

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Dollar hits nearly 8-year high against yen

| Economy & Markets News, News | 05/26/2015

Dollar climbs to high of nearly eight years against yen

Dollar climbs to high of nearly eight years against yen
Date: May 26, 2015
Source: Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO (Dow Jones) — The dollar hit its highest level in nearly eight years against the yen Tuesday, as investors coming back from a three-day weekend in Europe poured money into the greenback.

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Japan’s core machinery orders up 2.9% to $7.28 billion in March

| Economy & Markets News, News | 05/18/2015

Japan's March core machinery orders up 2.9% on month

Japan’s March core machinery orders up 2.9% on month
Date: May 18. 2015
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Japan’s core private-sector machinery orders rose a seasonally adjusted 2.9 percent in March from the previous month to 869.4 billion yen ($7.28 billion), the government said Monday, reflecting an increase in corporate investment on the back of an economic recovery.

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Nikkei hits fresh 15-year high as wage hikes stoke Japan optimism

| Economy & Markets News, News | 03/18/2015

Markets - Nikkei Hit 19,544.48

Nikkei hits fresh 15-year high as wage hikes stoke Japan optimism
Date: Mar 18, 2015
Source: Kyodo News

TOKYO (Kyodo) — 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.

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Japanese companies agree to hike monthly base pay

| Economy & Markets News, News | 03/17/2015

Japan Inc wage hikes

Japanese companies agree to hike monthly base pay
Date: Mar 18, 2015
Source: The Hindu Business Line

TOKYO, March 18: Japanese auto maker Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday it would raise the monthly base salary for workers by 4,000 yen ($33), its biggest hike in over a decade, joining other major domestic firms in agreeing to larger rises in annual wage talks.

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Japanese Market Advances, Nikkei Tops 19,000 Mark for First Time in 15 Years

| Economy & Markets News, News | 03/13/2015

Nikkei Hit 19000

Nikkei hits 19,000
Date: Mar 12, 2015
Source: NHK World

The benchmark Nikkei index temporarily topped the 19,000-yen mark on Thursday. That’s its highest level in nearly 15 years.

Investors bought a wide range of shares when the market opened on Thursday morning. In the afternoon session, the 225-issu Nikkei soared above the 19,000 level. The key index last hit that level in April 2000.

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Asahi Kasei Homes’s home order are rising 32% higher than in the same period of the previous year

| Economy & Markets News, News | 03/09/2015

Asahi Kasei Homes Home Order Trend

Home Order Trends on February 2014
Date: Mar 09, 2015
Source: Asahi Kasei Corporation

The value of home orders in February was 18 percent higher than in the same month of the previous year. Orders of both unit homes and multi-dwelling homes increased.

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Japan’s economy is improving by Abenomics

| Economy & Markets News, News | 03/06/2015

Japan Coincident Index Jan 2015

Japan’s key index shows recovery
Date: Mar 6, 2015
Source: NHK World

The Japanese government has given its January assessment on the economy, saying it shows signs of recovery in line with a month before.

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Japanese yen hits 120 for first time since crisis July 2007

| Economy & Markets News, News | 12/04/2014

USD-JPY-Graph

Dollar climbs above 120-yen level in NY
Date: Dec 4, 2014
Source: NHK World

The dollar has briefly climbed above the 120-yen level. This is the first time in about 7 years and 4 months the US currency has entered that trading band.

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Japan’s exports rise most in 8 months in recovery sign. It’s highest level since Jun 2012

| Economy & Markets News, News | 11/25/2014

Japan's Exports Rise Most in 8 Months in Recovery Sign

Japan’s Exports Rise Most in 8 Months in Recovery Sign
Date: Nov 19, 2014
Source: Nikkei

TOKYO — Japanese exports are increasing as the impact of the falling yen finally starts to emerge via lower prices for goods sold overseas.

The Cabinet Office said Thursday that the seasonally adjusted export volume index for October came to 92.7, up 2.2% from September and the second straight month of gains. The index hit its highest level since June 2012. The benchmark of 100 is set at 2010 levels.

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Investor hopes for a release of fresh economic policies by PM Abe

| Economy & Markets News, News | 11/24/2014

November 21, 2014 - Press Conference by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Tokyo stocks rise on hopes for new economic policies by Abe
Date: Nov 21, 2014
Source: Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) –Tokyo stocks edged higher Friday on investor hopes for a release of fresh economic policies by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later in the day in the wake of the dissolution of the lower house.

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Japanese Gov. selected 37 “Super Global Universities” to strengthen international competitiveness

| Economy & Markets News, Fukuoka News, Kanagawa News | 09/29/2014

Japan global universities

37 “global universities” selected
Date: Sep 27, 2014
Source: The Japan News

Jiji Press – The education ministry has said it will help finance the globalization and personnel training programs of 37 universities in the country, including the University of Tokyo, to strengthen their international competitiveness.

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Japan’s baby product maker, Pigeon, is expanding to overseas with using experience in Japan

| Economy & Markets News | 09/07/2014

Pigeon's baby products are now sold across China

Japan’s baby goods giant Pigeon sees record profit for fifth year on overseas success
Date: Sep 7, 2014
Source: Nikkei – by TSUYOSHI MINAMI

TOKYO — Pigeon, one of Japan’s top makers of baby products, is expanding to the Middle East and Africa in addition to growing its existing markets in Western countries and Asia.

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Japanese business delegation visits Ethiopia to explore business opportunities

| Economy & Markets News | 08/31/2014

Ethiopia

Japanese business delegation visits Ethiopia
Date: Aug 29, 2014
Source: NHK World

A group of Japanese business people and government officials has visited Ethiopia to explore opportunities in the East African country. The delegation of about 50 people includes representatives of trading companies and manufacturers.

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