Dhiren Sarin, Chief Technical Strategist, Asia Pacific at Barclays says Japan is only recently catching up to the easing monetary policies of the West so it is feasible to expect the Nikkei to reach highs of 18,000.» Read More
TOKYO, May 20- Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Monday that core-core consumer prices, which exclude fresh food and energy, are showing signs of turning positive due to the Bank of Japan's aggressive monetary easing.
TOKYO, May 20- Japan's government upgraded its assessment of the economy in May for the first time in two months, in a sign growth is accelerating as exports and factory output pick up.
*Report of Japan- India resuming talks on nuclear co-operation pact buoys. Exporters led the charge, with Toyota Motor Corp rising 1.9 percent, Sony Corp jumping 5.5 percent and Komatsu Ltd advancing 2.2 percent after the dollar broke above the 103- yen level on Friday buoyed by strong U.S. consumer sentiment data.
*Asian shares firmer after Friday's Wall Street rally. SINGAPORE, May 20- The yen pulled up from a 4-1/ 2 year low against the dollar on Monday after Japan's economics minister said a further steady drop in the yen could have negative effects on households, pushing the dollar to a low of 102.00.
HONG KONG, May 20- Hong Kong shares could start the week higher on Monday, with China property counters in focus after data over the weekend showed housing inflation accelerated to its fastest pace in April in two years.
TOKYO, May 20- Sentiment in the Japanese government bond market recovered into positive territory ahead of this week's Bank of Japan meeting, the latest weekly Thomson Reuters poll showed on Monday.
TOKYO, May 20- Japanese manufacturers' sentiment rose for a sixth straight month in May, turning positive for the first time in a year and reinforcing recent evidence that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's expansionary policy has generated more confidence in the economy.
SYDNEY, May 20- The yen bounced off a 4-1/ 2 year low against the dollar early in Asia on Monday in the wake of reports suggesting the Japanese government might be happy with the level of the currency following its extended decline. The dollar last traded at 102.87, having slid about 1 percent from late New York levels to a low of 102.00.
TOKYO, May 20- The Nikkei share average is set to extend its record-breaking run on Monday, as further weakness in the yen and signs of an improving U.S. economic outlook bolsters prospects for higher Japanese corporate earnings in the current business year.
*Manufacturers sentiment index +7, non-manufacturers +19. TOKYO, May 20- Japanese manufacturers' sentiment rose for a sixth straight month in May, turning positive for the first time in a year, a Reuters poll showed, and providing further signs that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's expansionary policy has generated more confidence in the economy.
TOKYO, May 20- Japan risks missing, yet again, an opportunity to use foreign investment to help fuel sustained economic growth that has eluded it for the last two decades. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to make Japan "the world's easiest country for companies to do business in" as part of his economic revival plan, which so far has been largely met with approval.
Several book shops on Hong Kong's teeming shopping streets specialize in selling books and magazines banned by China, mostly for their damning accounts of party leaders, past and present. The New York Times reports.
QIANTUN, China, May 19- Two years short of 70, Zhang Guosheng spends his days caring for an 81- year-old fellow villager- washing his clothes, bringing meals to his bed, and keeping him company- a routine he'll keep up until he himself needs the type of care he is now giving.
*Freeport first project approved since 2011.
WASHINGTON, May 17- Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday Turkey had already significantly reduced its oil imports from Iran, which is under the choke of Western sanctions, and further cutbacks would depend on his country's energy needs.
The approval of natural gas exports from Freeport LNG's Quintana Island, Texas, terminal ends nearly a two-year pause in the Energy Department's review of export applications, as the administration sought to address concerns that sending U.S. gas abroad could harm U.S. manufacturers.
ST. LOUIS, May 17- U.S. authorities have seized two accounts linked to a major operator in the booming Bitcoin digital currency market, Tokyo- based exchange Mt. The price of the volatile currency ballooned in March as a result of the Cyprus bank crisis.
NEW YORK, May 17- The dollar rose against a swath of currencies on Friday, rocketing to 4-1/ 2- year high against Japan's yen as data showing a robust rebound in U.S. consumer sentiment prompted investors to pile on bullish bets.
LONDON, May 17- The world's major central banks may be shifting their tone subtly from "whatever it takes" to "we can only do so much". Financial markets supercharged this year by the extraordinary monetary stimuli of the top four central banks are once again asking how long this can last.
May 17- The 3.5 percent gross domestic product growth announced by Tokyo on Wednesday suggests that Japan may be the fastest-growing economy in the G7. All these events appear linked to the election of Shinzo Abe and the regime he has installed at the Bank of Japan.