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  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down about 0.3 percent after earlier touching its highest level since January 2008. Japan's Nikkei stock index advanced 0.3 percent as on hopes of better shareholder returns after index heavyweight Fanuc Corp doubled its dividend payout ratio. "Heading into another peak earnings week,...

  • April 28- The following table lays out forecasts for the cost of electricity generation in Japan in 2030, broken down by fuel type, outlined on Monday by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Japan is still trying to work out its basic electricity mix four years after the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant threw the country's energy policy...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, April 28- The euro hovered near a three-week peak on Tuesday, having pushed higher overnight as the dollar came under broad pressure and on renewed hopes that cash-strapped Greece was a step closer to securing fresh funding. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday reshuffled his team handling talks with European and IMF lenders, a move...

  • TOKYO, April 28- Japanese retail sales in March declined at their fastest annual pace in 17 years as consumer spending struggled to pick up a year after a sales-tax increase, keeping alive speculation the Bank of Japan will expand stimulus again later this year. Retail sales slid 9.7 percent in March from the same month last year, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and...

  • TOKYO, April 28- Tokyo Electron Ltd shares plunged 15 percent on Tuesday to a six-month low after U.S. regulatory opposition forced the scrapping of its planned takeover by U.S.-based Applied Materials Inc.. Tokyo Electron shares fell as much as 14.8 percent in early trade to 6,555 yen, hitting their lowest level since late October, while the broader Tokyo...

  • Amid Abe's visit, Kerry renews US security pledge

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that Washington's treaty commitments to Japan's security remain "iron-clad". CNBC's John Harwood reports.

  • REUTERS BUSINESS NEW SCHEDULE AT 1830 GMT/2:30 PM ET Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 2:38 PM ET

    Apple Inc is expected to report a 20 percent increase in quarterly profit and that iPhone sales in China surpassed those in the United States for the first time., expect by 1930 GMT/ 4:30 PM ET, by Bill Rigby, 200 words). -BARRICK GOLD-RESULTS/, expect by expect by 1930 GMT/ 4:30 PM ET, 200 words). U.S. stocks move lower as healthcare stocks led by Amgen drag on the three major...

  • REUTERS BUSINESS NEW SCHEDULE AT 1500 GMT/11 AM ET Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    Editor: Alden Bentley +646 223 6200. Cap Gemini to buy U.S.-based IGATE for $4 bln, raises 2015 outlook. PARIS- Cap Gemini plans to buy United States- based IGATE Corp for $4 billion cash to make North America its biggest market and is raising its sales outlook for 2015 after a solid first-quarter, the French IT services company says.

  • OTA, Japan, April 27- For Naren Mahat, a 27- year-old Nepali living in Japan, there was a long and painful wait on Saturday between news of a devastating earthquake and, finally, word from family members cut off by bad phone lines and repeated aftershocks. Thousands of others work in other Asian countries including Malaysia, South Korea and Japan, where they are...

  • Fitch downgrades Japan citing economic concerns Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 7:56 AM ET

    Fitch Ratings has lowered Japan's credit rating as the country continues to wrestle with staggering debt. Japan's debt is the largest among developed nations and more than twice the size of its economy. Fitch said Monday that Japan's main credit and rating weakness is due to its high and rising level of government debt.

  • *Investors eye Fed, Bank of Japan meetings this week. LONDON, April 27- World shares hit a new high on Monday, with European stocks joining the rally after early falls, as investors looked ahead to central bank meetings this week and put aside worries over Greece. Deutsche Bank, down 3.8 percent, took its toll on the index as investors gave a big strategic overhaul under...

  • TOKYO/ ABU DHABI, April 27- Japan's Inpex Corp became the first Asian oil company to get a stake in a new 40- year onshore oil concession in Abu Dhabi, joining France's Total in developing the United Arab Emirates' biggest oilfields. Abu Dhabi National Oil Company said on Monday it had granted Inpex a 5 percent stake in the new concession. The Inpex concession gives...

  • *Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron announce buybacks. TOKYO, April 27- U.S. firm Applied Materials Inc on Monday scrapped its $10 billion planned takeover of chip-making gear rival Tokyo Electron Ltd after the deal, a rare foreign bid for a Japanese firm, ran afoul of U.S. anti-trust regulators. Tokyo Electron said both companies gave up on the deal after more than...

  • *World shares hit new high, Greece worries pull Europe down. LONDON, April 27- World shares hit a new high on Monday, led by China, though the global rally faded in Europe as investors looked ahead to central bank meetings in the United States and worried over Greece. The FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.4 percent, hit by concern about a lack of progress in talks between...

  • FOREX-All eyes on Fed as dollar halt reaches 7 weeks Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 3:57 AM ET

    *Dollar steadies after weak investment numbers on Friday. LONDON, April 27- The dollar steadied in the lower half of an increasingly intransigent range on Monday, after sliding late last week following another round of disappointing U.S. economic data. "The real problem last week was the lack of anything new to go on, which probably left us more exposed to the...

  • TOKYO, April 27- Japanese government bonds weakened on Monday as selling interest at the Bank of Japan bond-buying operations picked up ahead of upcoming holidays and the BOJ policy meeting later this week. On Monday, the BOJ offered to buy 375 billion yen of 1- year to 3- year JGBs, 375 billion yen of 3- year to 5- year JGBs, and 400 billion yen of 5- year to 10- year JGBs...

  • But Japan has something different: thousands of companies that have prospered for centuries. A study of 41 countries carried out by the Bank of Korea found that Japan has more than half of the known pool of companies older than 200 years. David E. Weinstein, an expert on the Japanese economy and chair of the Department of Economics at Columbia University, said...

  • Asian markets rise after Wall Street gains Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 11:42 PM ET

    BEIJING— Asian stock markets rose Monday after Wall Street gained on strong earnings and investors looked ahead to Apple results and this week's U.S. Sydney's S&P ASX 200 added 0.7 percent to 5,973.30 and Seoul advanced 0.2 percent to 2,163.17. Taiwan, Singapore and Manila also rose.

  • Is solar power the new shale oil? Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 8:14 PM ET
    A worker cleans the panels in a solar power park run by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) as the power company has managed to produce all of the electricity for the nation from renewable energy sources for more than 80 days straight on March 26, 2015 in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

    With nuclear power in the doldrums after the Fukushima disaster, it's solar energy that is becoming the alternative in Japan.

  • Japan regional election results due Monday   Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 7:32 PM ET
    Japan regional election results due Monday

    Stephen Nagy, Associate Professor at International Christian University, expects the Liberal Democratic Party to secure a victory in the second round of mayoral and municipal assembly elections.