Sheila Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies at the Council of Foreign Relations, says Obama's statement on the Senkaku Islands was the most important thing for the Japanese audience.» Read More
*Policy board meets April 30, decision seen 0330-0500 GMT. TOKYO, April 24- The Bank of Japan is set to lay out projections next week underscoring its conviction that inflation will head steadily towards its 2 percent target, suggesting it has no plans to expand stimulus any time soon despite some headwinds to growth.
SYDNEY, April 24- The New Zealand dollar rallied on Thursday after the country's central bank lifted interest rates and signalled more hikes ahead, while caution ahead of a speech by the European Central Bank kept the euro subdued.
TOKYO, April 24- For Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, who wants to build the world's largest mobile Internet company, criticism of his operations from regulators in his home market could not come at a worse time.
April 24- Sony Corp will branch out into the real-estate business in August and plans to take the unit public in three years, the Nikkei reported without citing a source. Sony recently set up a real-estate unit in Tokyo, with the aim of generating annual sales of 50 billion yen in five years, the newspaper said.
Toyota kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter, outpacing General Motors and Volkswagen.
Arriving in Japan, Obama says Washington welcomes China's rise but engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies.
TOKYO, April 23- Seibu Holdings Inc rose almost 11 percent on its first day of relisting on the Tokyo stock market, after its IPO price was slashed due to growing doubts over the strength of Japan's economic recovery.
*But has set up Singapore desk, hopes for more business in SE Asia. HONG KONG, April 23- The harsh climate for metal brokers is getting worse amid rocketing costs for trading which some firms have been passing on to customers, said an executive at a unit of Japan's Mitsubishi Corp..
MOKPO, South Korea— A colleague calls Capt. Lee Joon- seok the nicest person on the ship. With more than 40 years' experience at sea, Lee could speak with eloquence about the romance and danger of a life spent on ships.
SINGAPORE, April 23- The Australian dollar slid on Wednesday after data showed that Australian consumer prices rose less than expected in the first quarter, lessening the risk of a rise in domestic interest rates this year. Other major currencies were subdued, with the euro edging up 0.1 percent to around $1.3817, while the dollar eased 0.1 percent to 102.55 yen.
TOKYO— Shares were mixed in Asia on Wednesday, as weak data from China sapped upward momentum from an overnight rally on a flurry of deals in the pharmaceutical sector. Overnight, U.S. financial data and corporate earnings helped spur gains from deals by Switzerland's Novartis with Britain's GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the Eli Lilly& Co. of the U.S.
TOKYO/ WASHINGTON, April 22- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman arrived in Japan earlier than expected on Wednesday, Japanese media, for a last ditch push for a two-way deal seen as crucial to efforts to create one of the world's biggest trade pacts.
*Gold dropped overnight to lowest since Feb. SINGAPORE, April 23- Gold was steady but near its lowest in more than two months on Wednesday, with stronger equities denting the metal's safe-haven appeal and outflows from bullion funds showing weak investor appetite.
*Deputy governor says Japan can withstand tax hike pain. TOKYO, April 23- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said consumer inflation may exceed the central bank's projection in the fiscal year that ended in March, voicing confidence the world's third-largest economy continues to make headway in meeting its price target.
*Some buying low P/E names such as Bridgestone gain. TOKYO, April 23- Japanese stocks rose on Wednesday morning, spurred by Wall Street gains on solid earnings and merger activity, but buying was tempered as investors were wary of the looming local reporting season.
LONDON- Bank of England will release the minutes of April Monetary Policy Committee meeting- 0830 GMT. HELSINKI- Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, Finance Minister Jutta Urpilainen and The Finns Party leader Timo Soini participate in a election debate- 1300 GMT.
Michael Auslin, Resident Scholar and Director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses whether Japan's military push will eclipse the trade agenda during Obama's visit.
WASHINGTON/ TOKYO, April 22- A meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week in Tokyo may not seal one of the world's biggest trade pacts, but it could give it a much-needed boost.
Hedge fund managers like Eton Park and Eclectica are still bullish on Japan despite a painful start to the year.
CNBC.com Enterprise Reporter Lawrence Delevingne discusses how hedge funds have invested in Japan recently.