Asian markets started the new quarter on the back foot Friday, falling despite solid China manufacturing surveys, as a reading on Japan's economy disappointed.
Alex Sato of Invesco Asset Management Japan explains why the country will face challenges in maintaining strong business sentiment readings ahead.
The quarterly survey of business sentiment may come in between the 7-9 range, slightly lower than the previous quarter's 12 reading, said Jay Nelson of Success Stories Japan.
Central banks are running out of policy ammunition but governments also have very little room for fiscal support, says Jonathan Pain of The Pain Report.
Some Japanese trust banks will start to put negative interest rates, passing on the cost of the central bank's negative rates, sources said.
Dennis de Jong, managing director of UFX.com, discusses the Japanese yen and how monetary policy may affect currency markets.
To spur growth Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday that he would front-load spending earmarked in the 2016 budget.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Tuesday he will proceed with a scheduled sales tax hike next year unless the economy is hit by a severe shock.
BNP Paribas' Vassili Serebriakov says there has been an increase in Japan's investors outflows which could potentially weaken the yen further.
BOJ might cut rates further and increase the pace of asset purchases if manufacturers' business confidence dips, says Capital Economics' Marcel Thieliant.
Japan's February consumer inflation was flat as low energy costs and weak consumption capped price growth, keeping the BOJ under pressure for further easing.
Bank of Japan policymakers engaged in heated debate at the March meeting on the pros and cons of their January decision to adopt negative interest rates.
Shinzo Abe infamously talked of three arrows: fiscal stimulus, structural reforms and monetary easing.
Japan's manufacturing activity contracted in March as new export orders shrank sharply, a preliminary business survey showed on Tuesday.
David Sokulsky from UBS Wealth Management Australia explains that Japanese stocks are not indifferent to the risk-on rally across global markets.
The Bank of Thailand faces a tough policy decision, while SKorea will release Q4 GDP and Japan offers up inflation data in a short week.
Asian markets traded mostly higher Friday, after oil prices hit their highest levels for this year. But a stronger yen weighed Japan's shares.
Chris Watling, CEO of Longview Economics, says central banks have been surprising positively and extending the relief rally to make it stronger.
BOJ staff made two proposals; one to expand its asset-buying program and another to add negative interest rates to asset purchases.
The dollar has fallen 2 percent against a basket of currencies since the Fed's decision.