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

| Economy & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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 & Market 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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