Tim Quinlan, VP and economist at Wells Fargo, explains why it may not be wise for Shinzo Abe to declare that Japan is no longer in deflation, especially with inflation rates below 1 percent.
Japan's industrial output fell 1.0 percent on-month in November, government data showed, suggesting sluggish emerging market demand continues to weigh.
Japan is reversing a decade worth of defense budget cuts at a time other countries in the region are also boosting spending, explains Alvin Liew, senior economist at UOB.
Bank of Japan complained of slow wage and capex growth but were optimistic that companies will start to boost spending once EM economies improved.
Japan is seeing an uptick in sentiment, especially after the Bank of Japan has pumped in billions to induce inflation, says Peter Esho, chief market analyst at Invast.
Freya Beamish, economist for Lombard Street Research, says the Bank of Japan's attempt to fix structural problems with monetary tools is a recipe for disaster.
Investors' focus will turn to Asia again this week, particularly Japan, which is releasing a slew of data on Christmas day.
John Hardy, head of FX strategy at Saxo Bank, says the Bank of Japan’s 'marginal' QE news disappointed the markets like the European Central Bank did.
David Marsh, managing director and co-founder of OMFIF, says that the Bank of Japan’s decision to extend the range of its asset buying program shows that the yen isn’t weak enough.
The BOJ surprised markets Friday by announcing plans to increase ETF purchases and lengthening the maturity of bonds it purchases to encourage investment.
While markets initially rose on the BOJ's decision to increase ETF purchases, optimism soon waned, explains Takuji Okubo, principal and chief economist at Japan Macro Advisors.
Masakazu Takeda, portfolio manager at Hennessy Japan Fund, explains why structural reforms are now more important than further monetary easing.
Gareth Berry, FX and rates strategist at Macquarie, says Fed tightening weakens the yen, which helps to boost inflation in Japan.
Nicholas Smith, Japan strategist at CLSA, says the Fed hike signals confidence in the U.S. economy, which is a positive for Japanese cyclicals.
Song Seng Wun, economist at CIMB Private Banking, says the 'Fed dot plot' will give emerging markets' central banks room to cut rates if there is sluggish growth.
Mikio Kumada, executive director and global strategist of LGT Capital Partners, says Japan has been in the doldrums for 20 years, but the status quo is changing.
Asian equities closed mostly lower on Monday, as investors remain focused on the mid-week decision from the Fed.
Martin Schulz, senior economist at Fujitsu Research Institute, says despite concerns of a China slowdown, businesses in Japan are still leaving investment plans in place for expansion.
Kathy Matsui, MD and chief Japan strategist at Goldman Sachs Japan, says the long slide in oil, perception of weak global demand and Fed-ticipation all play into today's sell-off in equity markets.
Confidence at big Japanese manufacturers held steady in the three months to December but is seen worsening ahead, a BOJ survey showed.