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Today’s top news: January 6, 2023 Japan Times- Japan real wages fall most since 2014, keeping BOJ goal distant

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Japan real wages fall most since 2014, keeping BOJ goal distant
Real cash earnings for Japan’s workers dropped 3.8% from a year earlier in November, declining for the eighth straight month.
Kishida again puts LDP-DPP tie-up in spotlight with labor union appearance
The DPP is strongly backed by members of the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, and the labor group’s leader has moved the organization closer to the …
No improvement in sight: China-U.S. rivalry to further intensify in 2023
Washington will continue to hunt for ways to isolate Beijing and further slow its technological rise, while China is expected to keep pressuring Taiwan and …
U.S. and Japan to expand cooperation on key technologies beyond chips
The moves represent the latest efforts by the allies to address potential economic vulnerabilities amid competition between the U.S. and China.
COVID-19 tracker: Tokyo logs 35 COVID-19 deaths, a daily record high
The seven-day average of new cases in the capital fell 24% week on week to 12,792.7.
McDonald’s Japan hikes prices for third time in 10 months
The company cited currency fluctuations as well as surging costs for materials, labor, transportation and energy as the reasons for the move.
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