• *Board meets Dec 18-19, decision seen Dec 19 0330-0500 GMT. TOKYO, Dec 16- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's landslide victory in Sunday's vote may be a double-edged sword for the Bank of Japan, which is looking to work with Abe to push for wage growth but may also face pressure to expand stimulus to bolster the fragile economy. Governor Haruhiko Kuroda may repeat his calls...

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- The Russian rouble rebounded from record lows on Tuesday after the Russian central bank hiked interest rates to halt a collapse in its currency, while the backdrop of falling oil prices and concerns over global growth supported the safe-haven yen. U.S. crude futures fell 3.3 percent on Monday after OPEC once again said it will not cut oil output...

  • Abe win does little to spur Japan's economy Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:54 PM ET
    Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister and president of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), places a red paper rose on a LDP candidate's name to indicate a lower house election victory, at the party's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's re-election Sunday will have little impact on Japan's stalled economic reforms.

  • Pricey lobsters & worn out cows  Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    Fisherman expect this year's lobster supply to drop significantly, and Japan says cows are tired out causing a butter shortage, with "Squawk Box."

  • TOKYO, Dec 15- Japanese business leaders have promised Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to do their "utmost" to raise wages and allow suppliers to pass on higher costs, while also urging him to push through labor reforms, according to a draft agreement between the government, business and labor groups. Abe and business leaders, including Sadayuki Sakakibara, chairman of...

  • FOREX-Yen rises in choppy trading, euro on defensive Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters- The yen rose on Monday as financial markets shrugged off Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's widely expected election win, while a new low for euro zone inflation expectations kept the bloc's currency on the defensive. Japan's Nikkei stock average fell 1.6 percent. The euro extended losses against the yen as investors digested the...

  • Abe's structural reforms to be the focus  Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's landslide election win means he can now focus on structural reforms says Derek Halpenny, European head of global currency research at Bank of Tokyo, Mitsubishi.

  • TOKYO, Dec 15- Leaked emails reveal a cultural gulf between Japan's Sony Corp and Hollywood subsidiary Sony Pictures Entertainment, highlighting the challenge of CEO Kazuo Hirai to turn around the money-losing company under the slogan One Sony. While activist hedge fund investor Daniel Loeb has given up his call for Sony to spin off its entertainment arm,...

  • There was no "rational" reason for calling elections in Japan, according to Seijiro Takeshita, director at Mizuho International, adding that a rise in corporate spending will be key for the country's economy.

  • *BOJ tankan highlights uneven progress of Japan stimulus. TOKYO, Dec 15- The yen climbed against the dollar and euro in extremely choppy trading on Monday, as investors took their cues from slumping Japanese shares and rising risk aversion. Japan's Nikkei stock average was down 1.3 percent in afternoon trade.

  • For Japan's manufacturers, the party is over: Pro  Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:15 AM ET

    Martin Schulz, Senior Economist at Fujitsu Research Institute, outlines the sources of pessimism that big manufacturers have towards the Japanese economy.

  • TOKYO, Dec 15- Investors are snapping up Japanese stocks in the retail and transportation sectors, thanks to a weaker yen that has lured a record number of foreign visitors in one of the few bright spots for the economy. The yen has tumbled to seven-year lows making Japan cheaper for tourists and helping companies that cater to tourists such as railway operators...

  • Where are Asian shares headed this week?  Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 11:17 PM ET

    Hans Goetti, Head of Investment Asia at Banque Internationale Luxembourg, discusses the market focus on the Fed this week. He also said the factors which led to last week's selloff will be temporary.

  • *BOJ tankan highlights uneven progress of Japan stimulus. TOKYO, Dec 15- The dollar quivered in choppy trading against the yen on Monday as oil prices continued to sink on a weak outlook for global demand, while risk aversion pressured U.S. It remained above a two-week low of 117.44 yen touched last Thursday, and a considerable distance away from a seven-year high...

  • *Nikkei down as oil slump hits global risk appetite. TOKYO, Dec 15- Japanese stocks fell on Monday after slumping oil prices toppled Wall Street shares, while investors drew little comfort from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's landslide win in a snap election over the weekend. Last week, U.S. stocks suffered their worst weekly drop for 2-1/ 2 years, as free-falling oil...

  • Japan's Abe clinches victory in snap elections  Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 8:10 PM ET

    Japan's ruling coalition secured a landslide win in Sunday's elections but turnout was at a record low. CNBC's Kaori Enjoji has more.

  • Bank of Japan business survey shows tepid outlook Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 7:24 PM ET

    TOKYO— Japanese businesses are cautious over prospects for a recovery, according to a quarterly central bank survey released Monday that showed a mixed outlook for the world's third-largest economy. The results of the Bank of Japan's "tankan" highlight the challenges Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces following a landslide election victory Sunday.

  • Abe secures Abenomics on election victory  Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 7:15 PM ET

    Tomohiko Taniguchi, Special Advisor to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, says Sunday's election results show that Japan's political system has "bought into the narrative of Abenomics."

  • Surprised by forecast in Q4 Tankan survey: RIETI  Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 6:52 PM ET

    Atsushi Nakajima, Chairman of Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, says the first-quarter outlook for big manufacturers is "too cautious" amid favorable factors like a weak yen and drop in fuel prices.

  • Could Japanese markets fizzle in 2015?  Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 6:20 PM ET

    Benjamin Pedley, Head of Investment Strategy, Asia at HSBC Private Bank, expects little upside for Japan's stocks next year as markets price in a weak yen, lazy balance sheets and softer growth.