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Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Japan test-broadcasts super HD television tech
Japan on Monday began test broadcasts of satellite television programs in 4K, as major firms including Sony and Sharp bet on the super high-definition technology to rescue their embattled TV units.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Sales tax hike dents Japanese economic recovery
Japan's nascent economic recovery stumbled in April with data Friday showing last month's sales tax rise punctured household spending, as the IMF called on Tokyo to press on with reforms aimed at ending decades of stagnation.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Japan's trade deficit narrows on slower imports
Japan's trade deficit narrowed in April after the yen strengthened and a sales tax hike dampened demand for imports of consumer goods despite still modest growth in exports.
The Bank of Japan on Wednesday held off expanding its monetary easing campaign and said the world's number three economy was picking up pace, despite fears that a sales tax rise will dent consumer spending.
Friday, May 16, 2014
Japan's first-quarter growth was the strongest in over two years, data showed Thursday, as the nation's cash registers rang up big sales ahead of a consumption tax rise that threatens to stall activity in the coming months.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Japan's annual current account surplus is the lowest on record, government figures showed Monday, as fossil fuel bills and a sliding yen overshadow rising exports.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Japanese auto sales dropped 11.4 percent in April from a year ago, an industry group said Thursday, highlighting the impact of a sales tax rise which sparked a mad dash to stores ahead of the levy hike.
Thursday, May 1, 2014
BOJ keeps loose monetary policy unchanged
Japan's central bank kept its ultra-loose monetary policy unchanged in a policy meeting Wednesday, despite data suggesting the economic recovery is weaker than expected.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Japan's trade deficit surged nearly 70 percent to a record 13.75 trillion yen (US$134 billion) in the last fiscal year, the third straight year of deficit, as exports failed to keep pace with surging energy costs.
Can't be bothered to show anyone what you're thinking? Then a Japanese scientist has the answer — a pair of digital eyes that can express delight and anger, or even feign boredom.
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