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  • Japan's ANA Holdings to buy stake in Skymark Airlines Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 7:18 AM ET

    ANA's investment comes after Skymark filed for bankruptcy in January. Skymark agreed a 9 billion yen deal with Integral earlier this year and has been seeking other parties to help it turn the business around. Integral and ANA have made agreements on matters including the eventual relisting of Skymark and sustaining the number of employees, the sources said.

  • TOKYO, April 17- Japan and the United States will hold cabinet-level trade talks from this weekend, but are unlikely to seal a final deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, by a summit this month, Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said on Friday. A U.S.- Japan deal is considered vital to the success of a long-delayed Trans-Pacific...

  • *USTR Froman reportedly to visit Tokyo for ministerial talks. TOKYO, April 17- Japan and the United States look set to hold cabinet-level trade talks in coming days as the allies race to seal a bilateral trade deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, ahead of a summit this month. Trade Representative Michael Froman will visit Tokyo to meet...

  • TOKYO— Top Japan and U.S. trade officials plan to meet this weekend, seeking to close gaps over autos and farm trade before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visits Washington later this month. The U.S. and Japan must agree on market-opening measures before the 12 countries involved can reach a long-delayed final accord on the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, a...

  • *USTR Froman reportedly to visit Tokyo for ministerial talks. TOKYO, April 17- Japan and the United States look set to hold cabinet-level trade talks in coming days as the allies race to seal a bilateral trade deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, ahead of a summit this month. Trade Representative Michael Froman will visit Tokyo to meet...

  • TOKYO, April 17- Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman are set to hold bilateral trade talks in Tokyo, Kyodo news agency said on Friday, citing unnamed sources close to the negotiations. Kyodo did not say when the two would meet, but other Japanese media have said they are aiming to meet on Sunday and Monday.

  • Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open up by 12 to 15 points, or 0.2 percent higher. Europe's stock markets have lately pushed to multi-year peaks, with both the FTSE and DAX setting record highs this year as new economic stimulus measures from the European Central Bank offset worries about Greece's fiscal woes. MSCI's broadest index of...

  • TOKYO, April 17- Japan sought on Friday to hold bilateral ministerial trade talks with the United States as the allies race to seal a bilateral trade deal, seen as crucial for a broader trans-Pacific free trade pact, ahead of a summit later this month. Passage of the bill, which Japan sees as crucial for success in the TPP talks, is far from assured.

  • TOKYO, April 17- Japanese government bond prices rose on Friday as the market took heart from firm results in the Bank of Japan's debt-buying operation. The BOJ bought 780 billion yen of JGBs on Friday, of which 240 billion yen were for debt with remaining maturities of 25 years or longer. Yields on top-rated euro zone bonds fell to record lows on Thursday after the...

  • Obama defends pursuit of sweeping trade pact Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 1:11 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo." Sander Levin, the senior Democrat of House Ways and Means Committee, declared he was "out to defeat" the legislation because, he said, it would...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- The United States and Japan want the World Bank and Asian Development Bank to team up with a new Chinese-led development bank in syndicated loans, as a way of helping the new lender establish strong standards, Japan's finance minister said. Washington and Tokyo are leading members of the World Bank and ADB, respectively, and have been wary of...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Senior U.S. lawmakers reached agreement on Thursday on the wording of a bill aimed at giving the White House "fast track" authority to negotiate a Pacific trade pact that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia. The Obama administration announced in late 2009 that it was entering TPP negotiations with Australia,...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 29 Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. WASHINGTON- Institute for International Finance hosts International Capital Markets and Emerging Markets Roundtable. NEW YORK- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens speaks at an American Australian Association luncheon hosted by Goldman Sachs- 1630...

  • SEOUL, April 17- In a bid to curb rising domestic labour costs, Hyundai Motor Co is seeking to base wages on merit not seniority in an overhaul of a decades-old salary system that puts the South Korean firm on a collision course with its activist union. If Hyundai Motor, one of South Korea's biggest employers, succeeds in revamping its pay structure, other companies...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Senior U.S. lawmakers reached agreement on Thursday on a bill to give the White House "fast track" authority to negotiate a trade pact with 11 other Pacific nations that is central to President Barack Obama's strategic shift toward Asia. The White House has faced pressure to make progress on the bill ahead of a meeting between Obama and...

  • NEW YORK— Sony's hacking problems aren't over yet. Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year's crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive. The website founded by Julian Assange said that its database includes more than 170,000 emails from...

  • Crisis-hit Sony studio sends for rewrite Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:26 AM ET
    Kazuo Hirai, left, and Michael Lynton shake hands during a news conference in Tokyo.

    Sony Pictures has adopted a more cost-conscious approach since being hacked, the FT reports.

  • By Taro Fuse and Ritsuko Ando. TOKYO, April 16- Japan's Sharp Corp clinched a $1.7 billion bailout deal from its banks in return for a promise to cut 5,000 jobs and split off its ailing smartphone display unit, a person familiar with the deal said on Thursday. As part of its second major bailout in three years, Sharp's lenders, Mizuho Bank and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi...

  • TOKYO, April 16- Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari said official-level talks on a two-way trade deal with the United States are moving toward a ministerial meeting, Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday. "There are various proposals from both sides to narrow gaps," Kyodo quoted Amari as saying. President Barack Obama in Washington on April 28 for a summit...

  • Benchmark JGBs pare losses after solid 20-year sale Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:49 AM ET

    TOKYO, April 16- Benchmark Japanese government bonds slipped slightly on Thursday but were well off their session low after solid demand at an auction of 20- year JGBs. The benchmark 10- year yield inched up half a basis point to 0.325 percent, after earlier rising to a nearly one-week high of 0.350 percent. The Ministry of Finance offered 1.2 trillion yen of 20-...