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Japan stocks hit 21-Year High and market expectations PM Shinzo Abe will prevail in election

| Economy & Markets News, News | 10/12/2017

Tokyo-Building

Nikkei hits another 21-year closing high

Date: Oct 12, 2017
Source: Jiji Press

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The benchmark Nikkei average rose further and marked a fresh 21-year closing high on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Thursday, boosted by Wall Street’s overnight advance.

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 73.45 points, or 0.35 percent, to end at 20,954.72, the best finish since Nov. 29, 1996. The key market gauge extended its winning streak to an eighth session after climbing 57.76 points on Wednesday.

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Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe will Speech about Abenomics and Investment at New York Stock Exchange in NY

| Events | 09/19/2017

Japan's PM Shinzo Abe

Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, to Deliver Speech on Japan’s Economy and Investment-Friendly Reforms at the NYSE on Sept. 20

Date: Sep 19, 2017
Source: NYSE

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the NYSE and deliver a keynote speech on Japan’s economy and investment-friendly reforms. English translation of the speech will be available.

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The rebirth of Japan Inc.

| Business & Economy, Reports | 08/22/2017

The-rebirth-of-Japan-Inc-The-World-Folio

The rebirth of Japan Inc.

Date: Aug 21, 2017
Source: The World Folio

Prime Minister Abe is pushing forward policies in an effort to open up the country’s economy to the global market. Japan Inc. is following suit with an aggressive strategy to go global through M&As and strategic partnership and by diversifying their business portfolios

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

| Economy & Markets News, News | 08/22/2017

Factory-Machine

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

Japan-Business-Building

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 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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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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Japan and India will to sign agreement for India’s first bullet train

| News, Transportation News | 12/07/2015

Japan's Bullet Train to India

India-Japan to sign a pact for India’s first bullet train
Date: Dec 7, 2015
Source: Business Inside India

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is coming to India on 11th December, and during his tour, he is most likely to finalise an agreement on high-speed train services in India, which means that India can soon get its first ‘Bullet Train‘.

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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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16.3 mil. foreigners visit Japan this year – Japan likely to hit 2020 tourism goal early

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/18/2015

Foreign tourism in Japan over 16 million

Japan Likely to Hit 2020 Tourism Goal Early, Thanks to Chinese Visitors – In the first 10 months of the year, 16.3 million foreign tourists have visited, beating prior full-year record
Date: Nov 18, 2015
Source: The Wall Street Journal by Jun Hongo

TOKYO — Chinese tourists have pushed Japan within reach of its ambitious tourism target—five years ahead of schedule.

Japan has attracted 16.3 million foreign tourists already this year, beating its previous full-year record of 13.4 million as the number of Chinese visitors has more than doubled, according to data released Wednesday by the Japan National Tourism Organization.

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The World’s Fastest Japan’s Maglev Train Could Be Headed to Washington

| News, Transportation News | 11/13/2015

Japan's Maglev Train

The World’s Fastest Train Could Be Headed to Washington
Date: Nov 9, 2015
Source: Bloomberg by Chris Cooper, Kiyotaka Matsuda, Craig Trudell

The U.S. wants to study the feasibility of building a Japanese-designed magnetic-levitation train line between Washington and Baltimore as part of a plan to upgrade the transportation network in the world’s largest economy.

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Japan Tourism Agency select 7 routes for foreign travelers to visit more destinations

| Kyushu News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 06/13/2015

Japan's 7 Routes Map for Foreign Tourists

7 routes to be promoted to foreign tourists
Date: June 12, 2015
Source: The Japan Times

For the first time, the Tourism Agency on Friday selected seven regional sightseeing routes within the nation for foreign tourists. The agency aims to encourage foreign tourists — who primarily tend to visit the Tokyo metropolitan area, an area surrounding Mt. Fuji and the Kansai area — to visit attractive sightseeing spots in regional areas linked to specific themes.

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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 to develop Thai high-speed rail links

| News, Transportation News | 05/26/2015

Thai high-speed rail route

Japan to develop Thai high-speed rail links
Date: May 12, 2015
Source: The Straits Times

BANGKOK – Japan has signalled its intention to help develop three multibillion-dollar high-speed railway routes in Thailand.

Both sides will sign a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) this month on joint development of the Bangkok-to-Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi-Bangkok-Laem Chabang and Bangkok-to-Sa Kaew rail lines.

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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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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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PM Shinzo Abe says Apple to build R&D center in Yokohama, Japan. It’s one of Abenomics strategy

| Kanagawa News, News, Science and Technology News | 12/09/2014

Apple-Logo

Apple to Open New Research Site in Japan
Date: Dec 9, 2014
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Apple confirmed Tuesday that it would open a new research site in Japan after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe boasted on the campaign trail that the U.S. tech giant planned to step up its investment in the country.

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Japan ready to join hands in building new capital of Andhra Pradesh in India

| International Cooperation Reports, Reports | 12/02/2014

Andhra Pradesh in India

Chandrababu Naidu wants Andhra Pradesh to shine with help from “land of rising sun”
Date: Dec 1, 2014
Source: indiacom – By Press Trust of India

Hyderabad, Dec 1 : Andhra Pradesh will have Japan’s imprint on development in various spheres, particularly in building the state’s new capital, if plans drawn out by the TDP-led Government fructify.

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Japanese advertising company “Dentsu” announced “2014 Hit Products in Japan” and “2015 Expected Hit Products”

| Reports, Science and Technology Reports | 11/28/2014

2014 Hit Products in Japan and 2015 Expected Hit Products

Dentsu Announces “2014 Hit Products in Japan”
Date: Nov 27, 2014
Source: Dentsu Inc.

- The movie “Frozen,” talking mascot characters and Tokyo Skytree chosen as the top three -
Dentsu Inc. announced today the release of its “2014 Hit Products in Japan” report. Produced as part of a series that has been chronicling hit products since 1985, the latest report examines major trends that represented the consumer mindset in 2014. It is based on an Internet survey of Japanese consumers carried out in November 2014 by Dentsu Macromill Insight, Inc.

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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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