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  • *Abe defiant, says Japan will step up aid to IS opponents. *Japan opposition says no need to provoke militants. The hardline Islamist group, which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, released the video showing a hooded man standing over Goto with a knife to his throat, followed by footage of a head put on the back of a human body.

  • Japan farming reforms a stiff test of Abe's resolve Saturday, 31 Jan 2015 | 8:00 PM ET

    *Japan farms inefficient and tiny by international standards. TOKYO, Feb 1- After December's landslide re-election, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's program to revive the nation's economy is set to meet perhaps its stiffest challenge, the nation's sclerotic farming industry. And the JA, which has long had close ties to his Liberal Democratic Party, has...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 12 Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    SARASOTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Executive Vice President David Altig and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Senior Vice President Mine Yucel participate in "The Economic Outlook, Monetary Policy and Energy: Thoughts from Federal Reserve Research Directors" event hosted by the New College of Florida and the Global Interdependence...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 1:35 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for December, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for December, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for December, 10 a.m.. TOKYO— Panasonic...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for December, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for December, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for December, 10 a.m.. TOKYO— Panasonic...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 30- The dollar edged higher on Friday and was on track to end January with gains of more than 5 percent, while stock indexes around the world fell as data showed U.S. growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter. The headline number was "well below consensus expectations and that is definitely one of the data points that many bulls were looking for to...

  • *Dollar set for record-breaking run of monthly gains. LONDON, Jan 30- The dollar was poised to end January with its longest run of gains since it was floated in 1971 while European shares were set for their best monthly performance in three years, despite sagging slightly on Friday. GDP data due at 1330 GMT, which a Reuters poll tipped to show economic growth of 3.0...

  • European gains tracked a late rally on Wall Street on Thursday, where stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs numbers and a rally in Apple and Boeing helped offset some disappointing earnings. "Retail sales in Germany and Spain, as well as consumer spending in France, are above expectations. These are the first signs for the positive impact from low oil prices and are a...

  • TOKYO, Jan 30- Japan's Honda Motor Co sliced 6.5 percent off its core annual profit forecast as it set aside hundreds of millions of dollars in extra cash to cover an extended car recall to replace potentially faulty air bags made by Takata Corp.. Still, Honda's Executive Vice President Tetsuo Iwamura said, "We are not seeing a big impact on sales in North America...

  • TOKYO, Jan 30- Asian shares wavered between positive and negative territory on Friday, as a late earnings-led surge on Wall Street helped counter persistent concerns over global growth and sagging Chinese shares. Spreadbetters predicted the U.S. lustre would rub off on European bourses when they opened, with Britain's FTSE 100 expected to open up around 19...

  • Honda said it was hurt by recall expenses, mainly in North America. Honda is the automaker hardest hit by the quality woes over Takata Corp. air-bags that explode. Honda also lowered its global vehicle sales forecast for the full year to 4.45 million vehicles from 4.6 million.

  • TOKYO, Jan 30- Asian shares edged up on Friday, talking heart from a late earnings-led surge on Wall Street even as continuing concerns about global growth tempered gains. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up about 0.1 percent on the day, but up more than 1 percent for the month. On Thursday, major U.S. indexes surged almost 1 percent or...

  • Dollar rally will be here to stay: UBS  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:18 PM ET

    Pu Yonghao, Regional CIO for Northern APAC at UBS Wealth Management, says the greenback's upward momentum may continue "for years" on the back of a stronger U.S. economy and loose monetary policies in Europe and Japan.

  • TOKYO— Japan's industrial output edged higher in December, suggesting the world's third-largest economy may be turning the corner on a recession brought on by a hefty sales tax hike. Meanwhile, Japan's jobless rate dipped to 3.4 percent from 3.5 percent the month before. When the impact of a 2 percentage point increase in the sales tax in April is excluded,...

  • What is ISIS' motive for taking foreign hostages?  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:22 PM ET

    ISIS intends to use Japan's hostage crisis to increase its own profile, says Stephen Nagy, Associate Professor for Politics & International Relations at International Christian University.

  • Don't worry about Japan's household spending  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:12 PM ET

    Lower oil prices are a tax cut for Japan so it will only be a matter of time before the benefits show up in Japan's economic data, says Joe Zidle, Portfolio Strategist at Richard Bernstein Advisors.

  • RPT-Japan Dec core CPI rises 2.5 pct yr/yr Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:35 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 30- Japan's core consumer prices rose 2.5 percent in December 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 December. Core consumer prices in Tokyo, available a month before the...

  • Why is the dollar rising? What you need to know Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:28 PM ET
    An employee counts euros and U.S. dollar notes in a currency exchange store in Lisbon, Portugal.

    CNBC Explains: What makes the value of a currency rise or fall?

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:37 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for December, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for January, 10 a.m. Eastern; Commerce Department releases construction spending for December, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for December, 10 a.m..

  • Business events scheduled for Friday Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 1:32 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases fourth-quarter gross domestic product, 8:30 a.m.. MADRID— Spain releases fourth-quarter economic growth data. TOKYO— Honda reports quarterly financial results.