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Japan's job availability best in 24 years in April

The nation’s labor market remained tight in April as job availability rose to the highest level in over 24 years and the unemployment rate remained flat at 3.2 percent, government data showed Tuesday. The ratio of job offers to applicants rose to 1.34 in April, the highest since November 1991, ...

Japan's economy improved in April, but deflation persists

May 31, 2016

Japan's economy improved in April, but deflation persists

Factory output fell 3.5 percent in April from the same month a year earlier, while consumer spending also edged lower, though both improved from the month before, the government said Tuesday. Earlier, the government reported that the consumer price index fell 0.3 percent in ...

May 31, 2016

Kameda Seika taps ex-Canadian ambassador as outside board member

Kameda Seika Co. will appoint the former Canadian ambassador to Japan as an outside board member upon approval at a general shareholders meeting on June 17, the company said Monday. The rice cracker maker said that although he has never engaged in corporate management, ...

May 31, 2016

Germany readying law on nuclear waste storage costs

The German Cabinet plans to approve a draft law on Aug. 3 that will require its utilities to pay billions of euros into a state fund to help cover the cost of nuclear storage, according to an Economy Ministry timetable seen by Reuters on ...

May 30, 2016

Takata to rule out bankruptcy in seeking buyer funding

Takata Corp. has ruled out using bankruptcy as a way of mitigating liabilities from its record air bag recalls and is instead seeking buyers that could take a controlling stake and carry the company through its current crisis, according to a source with knowledge ...

May 30, 2016

Quakes and fuel economy scandal hit automaker sales in April

Quakes, scandal hit automakers Automakers had a tough month in April, data showed Monday, as earthquakes in Kyushu disrupted output and a scandal involving fuel efficiency figures had knock-on effects. At Toyota Motor Corp., domestic output dropped 18.8 percent in April from a year ...

May 30, 2016

Mitsui to deliver Colombia's first LNG shipment

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Mitsui & Co. has been chosen to deliver Colombia’s first cargo of liquefied natural gas later this year as the country prepares to place a floating import terminal into service, according to the terminal’s developer. Mitsui will send the cargo to the gas storage ...

May 30, 2016

Japanese steel makers hail G-7 alarm on oversupply

Japanese steel makers are monitoring developments after leaders of the Group of Seven nations addressed the problems of overcapacity in a communique. A senior official of a Japanese steel maker welcomed the document, adopted at the two-day G-7 Ise-Shima summit last week, saying it ...

May 30, 2016

Japan's retail sales stall as Abe mulls delay to tax hike

The nation’s retail sales growth stalled, underscoring weakness in private consumption and increasing the likelihood that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will delay a sales-tax increase planned for next year. Sales were unchanged in April from the previous month, a government report showed Monday. The ...