Core consumer prices in Tokyo fell 0.1 percent in July, government data showed on Friday. Takuji Okubo, principal & chief economist at Japan Macro Advisors, says this is a shocking piece of data.» Read More
Naomi Fink, CEO of Europacifica Consulting, says the Bank of Japan (BOJ) could ease monetary policy further, but it will not be in July.
Japan's Nikkei stock market rose to its highest level since December 1996 on Wednesday. CNBC's Kaori Enjoji reports.
Greece's drama is nearing a potentially catastrophic denouement, likely hijacking market attention from economic pulse checks on China and Japan this week.
The euro fell against other major currencies, weighed down by anxieties that Greece may soon default on debts.
Mainland shares suffered a steep correction on Friday, underperforming other regional bourses which followed Wall Street higher.
The BOJ stood pat on its monetary easing program, but it took steps to improve its transparency by releasing more information about its decisions.
Lutfey Siddiqi, global head of emerging markets at UBS, says progress in the third arrow of "Abenomics" is sparking reaction from Japan Inc, which is the key to beating Japan's deflationary mindset.
With Japan's economy on the mend, Nicholas Weindling, fund manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, says the Bank of Japan won't need to roll out further easing.
Alvin Liew, senior economist at UOB, says the Bank of Japan's decision to release documents containing a summary of opinions at each policy meeting will make the minutes more relevant.
Sim Moh Siong, FX strategist at Bank of Singapore, expects limited yen weakness from here given that the Bank of Japan is no longer actively encouraging yen weakness.
Masayuki Kichikawa, managing director & chief Japan economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, discusses the comments made by BOJ Governor Kuroda last week about the yen's real effective exchange rate.
Xavier Denis, global strategist at Societe Generale, says the rally in Japanese stocks is "getting tired for the time being" due to uncertainty over Bank of Japan's monetary policy.
Paul Sheard, chief global economist at Standard & Poor's, says the Bank of Japan needs to show markets that the central bank is confident of "slaying the deflation dragon."
Stephen Wood, chief market strategist at Russell Investments, says comments from the Bank of Japan suggest that October, instead of July, will be the time for additional stimulus.
To maintain high inflation expectations, the Bank of Japan needs to unveil additional easing in the fourth quarter, says Daiju Aoki, research of equities division at UBS.
Peter Boardman, Managing Director of Tradewinds, says the fact that a weaker yen has failed to lifted exports means industrial production could slow down.
Hugh Young, Global head of equities and MD at Aberdeen Asset Management, discusses the rise in the benchmark JGB yield, which hit its highest level since September 2014 on Thursday.
Recent weeks have marked a heightened level of concern that the real challenges for bonds are closer than any time since the financial crisis.
The Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday it's hard to see the yen's real effective rate falling further. Mitul Kotecha, head of FX Strategy, Asia Pacific at Barclays, discusses.
Nick Verdi, director of FX Strategy at Standard Chartered Bank, expects Japan to deploy further currency weakness to lift consumer prices.