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Japan factory output unexpectedly rises, economy still in low gear

TOKYO Japan's factory output unexpectedly rose in April as a series of earthquakes in the southern part of the country appeared to have had minimal impact on production, offering some signs of hope for an economy squeezed by weak exports and consumption.

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Japan's Tanigaki says PM Abe to announce sales tax delay Wednesday - media 3:21am BST

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce a delay in a planned sales-tax increase on Wednesday, local media quoted the ruling party's secretary-general as saying.

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Japan puts military on alert for possible North Korea missile launch 3:19am BST

TOKYO/SEOUL Japan put its military on alert on Monday for a possible North Korean ballistic missile firing, while South Korea also said it had detected evidence of launch preparations, officials from Japan and South Korea said.

Japan Aso: to stick to fiscal consolidation even if sales tax delayed 3:17am BST

TOKYO Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that Japan would stick to its aim of achieving its primary budget-balancing target in fiscal 2020 despite a likely delay in the sales tax hike.

Japan's Tanigaki says PM Abe to announce sales tax delay Wednesday - media 3:16am BST

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will announce a delay in a planned sales-tax increase on Wednesday, local media quoted the ruling party's secretary-general as saying.

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Japan Ishihara: still trying to balance economic growth, fiscal discipline 2:33am BST

TOKYO Japanese Economy Minister Nobuteru Ishihara said on Tuesday there is no change to the government's stance that it is trying to balance the need for economic growth with the need for fiscal discipline.