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  • TOKYO— Japan's trade deficit ballooned to a record 12.8 trillion yen last year as a weakening yen pushed the cost of imports higher despite a moderate recovery in exports. Preliminary data from the Finance Ministry released Monday showed Japan's exports rose 4.8 percent to 73.1 trillion yen in 2014 while imports climbed 5.7 percent to 85.9 trillion yen.

  • TOKYO, Jan 26- Japan's exports grew the most in a year in December, helped by a weak yen and a pick-up in overseas demand led by the United States, an encouraging sign for the recession-hit economy even as doubts persist about the strength of global consumption. The 12.9 percent year-on-year rise in exports marked a fourth straight month of growth, supported by...

  • TOKYO, Jan 26- Japanese stocks fell on Monday as a resounding election win for Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party raised the prospect of conflict with the country's international lenders, dampening investors' appetite for risk. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras will likely be sworn in on Monday as prime minister of the first euro zone government openly opposed...

  • TOKYO, Jan 26- Japan's exports grew the most in a year in December, helped by a weak yen and pickup in overseas demand led by the United States, an encouraging sign for the recession-hit economy even as doubts persist about the strength of global consumption. The 12.9 percent year-on-year rise in exports marked a fourth straight month of growth, supported by...

  • SINGAPORE, Jan 26- The euro hit a fresh 11- year low on Monday as Greece's Syriza party promised to roll back austerity measures after sweeping to victory in a snap election, putting Athens on a collision course with international lenders. The euro fell to $1.1098 on trading platform EBS, its lowest level since September 2003. It last traded at $1.1132, down about...

  • What Greek elections mean for European QE  Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 6:17 PM ET

    Mark Okada, Co-Founder & CIO of Highland Capital, says the results of Greece's elections indicate that reform is the real solution to long-term growth in Europe.

  • 'Japan is in a good place': Expert  Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 6:00 PM ET

    With a weak yen boosting exports, along with cheaper oil that is equivalent to a tax cut for Japan, the country is in a good place this year, says Mark Hibbs, Partner & CIO at Adamas Asset Management.

  • Tracking the tailwinds in Japanese markets  Sunday, 25 Jan 2015 | 5:51 PM ET

    Nicholas Smith, Japan Strategist at CLSA, outlines how global risk events like the political upheaval in Greece could move Japan's benchmark index and the yen.

  • ISIS claims beheading of Japanese hostage Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 3:32 PM ET
    An armed motorcade belonging to members of Derna's Islamic Youth Council, consisting of former members of militias from the town of Derna, drive along a road in Derna, eastern Libya October 3, 2014.

    Japan expressed outrage at an image that purported to show the decapitated body of one of two Japanese hostages captured by ISIS.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 10 Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    DAVOS, Switzerland- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney to take part in panel discussion on "The Global Economic Outlook"- 1500 GMT. **DUSSELDORF, Germany- Deutsche Bundesbank board member Joachim Nagel speaks at the annual conference of the German-Chinese Economy, organized by Handelsblatt and HSBC- 1400 GMT. LUXEMBOURG- Central Bank of Luxembourg Governor and...

  • *China factory activity contracts for 2nd month. LONDON/ BEIJING, Jan 23- Businesses across Asia and Europe have slashed prices at the start of the year to drum up trade, surveys showed on Friday, vindicating the European Central Bank's decision to print money in a bid to revive inflation. Euro zone firms cut prices at the fastest rate in nearly five years and Chinese...

  • *CPI data due 2330 GMT Jan 29, factory output, 2350 GMT. TOKYO, Jan 23- Japan's consumer inflation likely slowed for a fifth straight month in December due largely to falling oil prices, a Reuters poll showed, keeping the Bank of Japan under pressure to meet its ambitious 2 percent inflation target. "December data next week will be examined for evidence to see if the...

  • *China factory activity contracts for 2nd month. BEIJING/ SEOUL, Jan 23- Chinese factories were forced to cut prices for the sixth straight month in January to sell their products, while economic growth in South Korea slowed sharply, raising the prospect of more policy easing from major central banks in Asia. The weak manufacturing reading from China added to...

  • JGBs surge after ECB stimulus boosts government debt Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 9:33 PM ET

    TOKYO, Jan 23- Japanese government bond prices surged on Friday after the European Central Bank's launch of an unexpectedly bold bond-buying stimulus provided a boost for sovereign debt. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield sank 6 basis points to 0.255 percent, heading back towards a record low of 0.195 percent struck early in the week. A regular bond-purchasing...

  • 'Abe is in an impossible situation': Eurasia  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:40 PM ET

    Ian Bremmer , President of Eurasia Group, says Prime Minister Abe may not be able to negotiate with the Islamist militants who have threatened to kill two Japanese nationals by Friday unless Tokyo pays a $200 million ransom.

  • MEXICO CITY, Jan 22- A deal on a 12- nation Asia-Pacific trade pact could be concluded in mid-March, Mexico's economy minister, Ildefonso Guajardo, said on Thursday. The pact, known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, has faced stumbling blocks, in significant part because of wrangling between its two biggest economies, the United States and Japan, over...

  • Power Play: Bullish on Japan Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 1:05 PM ET
    A pedestrian looks at graphs of the Nikkei 225 Stock Average, top left, and the exchange rate of the yen against the U.S. dollar, top right, outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Jan. 16, 2015.

    Power Lunch market guests are bullish on Japan

  • Goto, who had returned to Syria in late October to try to help his friend, has been missing since then. For Yukawa, who dreamed of becoming a military contractor, travelling to Syria had been part of an effort to turn his life around after going bankrupt, losing his wife to cancer and attempting suicide, according to associates and his own accounts.

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • SYDNEY/ SINGAPORE, Jan 22- The euro held steady on Thursday as investors awaited details of a sovereign bond-buying programme that the European Central Bank is seen likely to announce later in the day. A euro zone source said on Wednesday the ECB's Executive Board has proposed a programme that would enable the bank to buy 50 billion euros in bonds per month...