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  • *Tokyo core-core CPI flat, weakest since 2013. TOKYO, May 1- Japan's core consumer inflation edged up in March but weak demand is keeping firms from raising prices, a perennial problem in the world's third-biggest economy as it struggles to shake off years of deflation despite Tokyo's radical stimulus drive. A slowdown in China and weak first-quarter growth...

  • TOKYO— Japan says its core inflation rate— excluding food prices— edged higher in March to 2.2 percent. The Bank of Japan is conducting massive asset purchases to keep interest rates low and spur inflation, aiming to end years of growth-dampening deflation, or falling prices. On Thursday, the central bank governor said his target of 2 percent inflation, excluding...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 14 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SANTIAGO- Central bank of Chile to release the minutes of April policy meeting- 1230 GMT. BUDAPEST- Central Bank of Hungary non-rate-setting meeting. WARSAW- National Bank of Poland holds Monetary Policy Council Meeting.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 14 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    BOSTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren gives welcome and opening remarks before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act Outreach Meeting hosted by the bank- 1300 GMT. BOSTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks at opening session before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction...

  • RPT-Japan March core CPI rises 2.2 pct yr/yr Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 PM ET

    TOKYO, May 1- Japan's core consumer prices rose 2.2 percent in March from a year earlier, government data showed on Friday. The so-called core-core inflation index, which excludes food and energy prices and is similar to the core index used in the United States, rose 2.1 percent in the year to March. Core consumer prices in Tokyo, available a month before the...

  • Here are the best Asia investing opps: Expert Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 1:46 PM ET
    Jakarta Business District with BNI building

    Don't forget to look beyond China and India for investing in Asian growth, according to pros at the Milken Institute Global Conference.

  • How Kim Jong Un drives terrorist financing Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:51 AM ET
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks in an undated photo released April 26, 2015, by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency.

    A new report makes the case North Korea should be put back on a U.S. list of nations that sponsor terrorism, which would limit the regime's finances.

  • ISLAMABAD, April 30- Pakistan plans to install new gas import terminals and pipelines to underpin an economic revival linked to $46 billion in Chinese deals, but its ambitions are being undermined by poor planning, price uncertainty and security concerns, industry experts said. Pakistan has shale gas reserves of 105 trillion cubic feet, the U.S. Energy...

  • BANGKOK, April 30- Thailand's central bank unveiled measures on Thursday to encourage more capital outflows to rein in the strong baht, a move it hopes will spur the country's ailing exports and boost the trade-dependent economy. Thailand is treading carefully after imposing tough capital controls in late 2006 that spooked markets and were quickly aborted.

  • China Q1 trade deficit in services widens to $41.2 bln Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:52 AM ET

    BEIJING, April 30- China's trade deficit in services widened to $41.2 billion in the first three months of the year, as Chinese tourists spent more abroad compared with foreigners visiting the mainland. The trade deficit in services was led by a $40.6 billion gap in spending between Chinese and foreign tourists, according to data from the State Administration...

  • *Euro surges above $1.12 ahead of euro zone inflation. LONDON, April 30- World stock markets and the dollar remained in a sharp sell-off mode on Thursday, having been jolted sharply lower by weak U.S. growth data and cautious comments from the Federal Reserve. Jefferies' global equity strategist Sean Darby said markets were now having to readjust fast to the...

  • In mere seconds a powerful earthquake devastated a swathe of Nepal. "I don't know when it would be realistic for tourists to again visit Nepal." Biswas forecasts the cost of reconstruction could exceed $5 billion or about 20 percent of Nepal's economy.

  • Japan inflation edges up as BOJ keeps policy unchanged Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:39 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's core inflation rate edged up in March and unemployment eased slightly, according to data released Friday, offering glimmers of promise for the world's No. 3 economy as it struggles to get growth back on track after years of stagnation. The central bank governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, acknowledged that his target of 2 percent inflation, excluding for the...

  • Here are the bright spots in Asia   Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:06 AM ET
    Here are the bright spots in Asia

    Rob Subbaraman, chief economist, Asia ex-Japan, Nomura, says India and Philippines are the two Asian countries which have the most growth potential.

  • The disappointing news on the world's biggest economy, coming on top of a worrying slowdown in China, found expression in a warning by New Zealand's central bank that it could cut rates if domestic momentum weakened. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.9 percent. "Risk has been building in the markets for weeks- the mass account...

  • Is there a way out for the BOJ?   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 9:14 PM ET
    Is there a way out for the BOJ?

    Ben Collett, head of Asian Equities at Sunrise Brokers, says the Bank of Japan needs positive expectations that inflation can rise and a weaker yen, which could hit 250 per dollar in the long run.

  • TOKYO, April 30- Asian stocks slipped and the euro stood tall against the dollar early on Thursday after U.S. data overnight showed the economy grew much more slowly than expected in the first quarter. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 percent. The euro was steady at $1.1118 after surging to a near two-month high of $1.1188 in...

  • A reality check on BOJ's inflation target   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 8:14 PM ET
    A reality check on BOJ's inflation target

    Klaus Baader, head of Research for Asia at Societe Generale, says the Bank of Japan will need to admit that its inflation target has to be reduced at today's meeting, paving the way for more stimulus by the fourth quarter.

  • Amid improvements, BOJ won't ease just yet: Pro   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:50 PM ET
    Amid improvements, BOJ won't ease just yet: Pro

    Ed Rogers, CEO of Rogers Investment Advisors, says the Bank of Japan can afford to wait and see amid wage increases and improvements in corporate profits.

  • *Policy decision seen 0300-0500 GMT, forecasts 0600 GMT. TOKYO, April 30- The Bank of Japan is expected to hold off on expanding monetary stimulus on Thursday despite trimming its inflation and growth forecasts, clinging to hope that rising wages will spur spending and keep the economic recovery on track. Japan is emerging from recession but at a snail's pace, as...

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