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  • Expect 'dovish rhetoric' from BOJ this month: Pro Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 11:33 PM ET
    Expect 'dovish rhetoric' from BOJ this month: Pro

    The Bank of Japan will keep rates steady for the time being, but will likely reveal some "dovish rhetoric" to leave the door open for further easing, says Naomi Fink, CEO of Europacifica Consulting.

  • Japan: A 'Goldilocks' stock market? Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 6:34 PM ET
    Japan: A 'Goldilocks' stock market?

    Chris Konstantinos, director Of International Portfolio Management, Riverfront Investment Group, says Japanese stocks are in a "not too hot and not too cold" scenario with more "meaningful upside."

  • This trade on Japan can double your money: Trader Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 3:51 PM ET
    Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo.

    Stacey Gilbert of Susquehanna explains how to use options to profit from the Bank of Japan meeting this week.

  • Asian central banks back in action this week Sunday, 5 Apr 2015 | 6:41 PM ET
    A man cycles past the Bank of Japan headquarters building and a sign reading "Bank of Japan" in Tokyo, Japan.

    Asian markets are likely to focus on a string of central bank action this week as well as key inflation data from China.

  • Are foreign investors losing interest in Japan? Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 11:32 PM ET
    Are foreign investors losing interest in Japan?

    Richard Jerram, chief economist at Bank of Singapore, says foreign investors are worried about the state of Japan's economy.

  • Japan's wage hikes not enough: Analyst Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 12:33 AM ET
    Japan's wage hikes not enough: Analyst

    While base wages are being raised, Japanese firms are not increasing bonuses as quickly, which dims the outlook of consumption spending, says Marcel Thieliant, Japan economist at Capital Economics.

  • Weak yen no more? This expert thinks so Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 8:31 PM ET
    Weak yen no more? This expert thinks so

    Eric Mustin, vice president of the ETF Trading Solutions at WallachBeth Capital, expects the Japanese yen to strengthen slightly against the U.S. dollar moving forward.

  • BOJ's Tankan logs softer-than-expected reading Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:53 PM ET
    BOJ's Tankan logs softer-than-expected reading

    Peter Boardman, managing director of Tradewinds, attributes the weak sentiment to the usual practice among Japanese corporates to put out conservative forecasts.

  • Analysts debate on Japan's economic health Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 12:13 AM ET
    Analysts debate on Japan's economic health

    Michael Every, head of Financial Markets Research, Asia-Pacific at Rabobank and Martin Schulz, senior economist at Fujitsu Research Institute, discuss the state of Japan's economy.

  • Motley Fool likes Singapore REITs, Japan Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 | 11:22 PM ET
    Motley Fool likes Singapore REITs, Japan

    David Kuo, CEO of The Motley Fool Singapore, explains why Singapore's real estate investment trusts look attractive. He also describes his bullish stance on Japan.

  • Reading Japan's February industrial production Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 | 7:51 PM ET
    Reading Japan's February industrial production

    As Japanese manufacturers cut production to clear inventory, factory output for February saw a wider-than-expected fall, says Jesper Koll, managing director & head of Japanese Equity Research at JPMorgan Securities Japan.

  • When to expect more BOJ easing? Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 | 6:31 PM ET
    When to expect more BOJ easing?

    Nicholas Smith, Japan strategist at CLSA, says Japan will need a little push from the Bank of Japan when the second sales tax hike, originally intended for this October, is implemented.

  • Weak data won't impact Nikkei: Expert Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 7:51 PM ET
    Weak data won't impact Nikkei: Expert

    Joe Zidle, portfolio strategist at Richard Bernstein Advisors maintains a bullish stance on the Nikkei despite recent weak data since it's a "policy-driven" market.

  • Has Japan survived the post-tax hike slump? Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 6:41 PM ET
    Has Japan survived the post-tax hike slump?

    After hitting the bottom last August, Japan's economy is en route to recovery from the tax-induced economic slump, says Hideo Hayakawa, former executive director of the Bank of Japan.

  • Why more BOJ easing is not a done deal Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 6:50 PM ET

    Japan continues to flirt with deflation, raising expectations for more stimulus measures, but the central bank’s hands may be tied, analysts say.

  • Is Japan's economy on track? This expert thinks so Sunday, 22 Mar 2015 | 11:31 PM ET
    Is Japan's economy on track? This expert thinks so

    Motoshige Itoh, member of Japan's Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, says areas like corporate profitability are improving and explains why the Bank of Japan is likely to adopt a "wait and see" approach for now.

  • Wages to rise in Japan? We'll see: Natixis Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 1:22 AM ET
    Wages to rise in Japan? We'll see: Natixis

    Luca Silipo, chief economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis, says Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's "soft approach" has thus far yielded little results on wage increases.

  • Sen. Grassley: Time to stand up to China on currency Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 1:32 PM ET
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

    Democrats and Republicans have exercised too much caution in dealing with the issue of Chinese currency manipulation, Sen. Chuck Grassley told CNBC on Thursday.

  • Will Japan get the wage hikes that it needs? Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 9:15 PM ET
    Will Japan get the wage hikes that it needs?

    David Roche, global strategist at Independent Strategy, says Japan will see a 0.8-0.9 percent rise in wages this year.

  • Here's the 'encouraging news' for Japan inflation Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | 6:34 PM ET
    Here's the encouraging news for Japan inflation

    Masayuki Kichikawa, MD & Chief Japan Economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, says Japan is seeing "encouraging news" in terms of wage growth, which is the key to accelerate inflation.