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Tokyo is aiming to close a loophole in its tax code that foreign companies have used to avoid paying taxes on corporate bonds issued to finance their businesses in Japan, a Finance Ministry official said on Monday.

The move comes as Japan, faced with huge public debt and strained finances, struggles to get its fiscal house in order. (Source: Reuters)

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The European Union expressed concern Friday over some aspects of the revisions to Japan’s corporate law and what effect they may have on European banks and insurance companies operating in Japan, Japanese and EU officials said.

The EU said the revised corporate law, to take effect next spring, does not address the taxation aspects for foreign companies engaging in mergers and acquisitions activities with Japanese firms in Japan and thus the rules for qualified tax-neutral mergers are not applicable to them. (Source: Japan Today)

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Foreign money, nearly two-thirds of it from North America, has piled into the Japan in recent months, fueling a 27 percent jump in the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s benchmark Nikkei 225 Index since May and feeding record-high trading volumes.

Overseas investors plowed a net 4.753 trillion yen (US$40.6 billion; euro33.8 billion) into Japanese shares from July to September alone — more than half of last year’s total — and now account for 60 percent of daily trading, according to Tokyo Stock Exchange data. A quarter of all shares listed in Tokyo are currently owned by non-Japanese investors. (Source: Mainichi)

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Dramatic demographic changes and big money available for consumption in Japan are shifting consumer markets and demand, and U.S. investors are poised to gain from the growing Japanese desire for luxurious goods and lifestyles.

Long renowned for their industrious savings, Japanese consumers are finally opening their wallets. And the spending habits are a big reason for government officials and economists to be optimistic that Japan’s economic rebound will stick. (Source: Mainichi)

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John Snow, US Treasury secretary, on Tuesday hailed Japan’s economic reforms as an example for Europe, calling on EU leaders to match what he said was the commitment to good policy of Junichiro Koizumi’s government.(Source: FT)

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The following article was published today by the Financial Times. If you’re not a subscriber be sure to read it online.

“Fond memories of the successful 1980s adjustment of global trade imbalances have shaped much of the thinking about escape routes this time round.

In 1985 the US “twin” current account and fiscal deficits consumed global economic discussions. Just as now, the worry was that a disorderly adjustment would derail the global economy. Yet by 1990 the US current account had been reduced from its peak of 3.4 per of gross domestic product to a manageable 1.4 per cent.” (Source: FT)

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