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Japan PM seen keeping to sales tax schedule in crucial reform

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on course to raise Japan's sales tax as scheduled in a crucial step toward fixing the nation's tattered finances, despite calls in his government to water down the increase, senior coalition officials said on Wednesday. Full story

Dollar steady before Fed, China shares gain on growth pledge

TOKYO (Reuters) - Chinese shares rose after Beijing pledged to keep economic growth stable in the second half of the year, while the dollar held onto slight gains as market momentum stalled ahead of the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting on Wednesday. Full story

Japan envoy meets China foreign minister amid strained ties

BEIJING/TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's top career diplomat met China's foreign minister on Tuesday in the latest bid to ease strains between Asia's two biggest economies over a bitter territorial row, while a Chinese official newspaper said Beijing had ruled out a leaders' summit. Full story

Japan's ANA says to buy 3 Boeing 777s and one 767 aircraft

TOKYO (Reuters) - All Nippon Airways <9202.T> said on Tuesday it will buy three Boeing Co <BA.N> 777-300ER jets and one 767 cargo aircraft, with the orders worth $1.13 billion based on the airplane maker's list price. Full story

Dollar languishes at 5-wk low as Fed eyed, Japanese shares tumble

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo shares tumbled on Friday on the back of a stronger yen and the dollar languished at a five-week low against a basket of currencies as investors waited for clarity on U.S. stimulus at the Federal Reserve's policy meeting next week. Full story

Toshiba to cut costs in TVs, PCs by $300 million over next 2 years

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp said on Friday it aims to cut a combined 10 billion yen ($100 million) in costs in its television and PC businesses in the year to March 2014 and double that figure in the following year to cope with persistently weak demand. Full story

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