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  • BOJ need not act due to 'good deflation': Pro   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 11:31 PM ET
    BOJ need not act due to 'good deflation': Pro

    Jesper Koll, managing director & Head of Japanese Equity Research at JPMorgan Securities Japan, explains why the Bank of Japan can hold back further easing as Japan sees a cycle of "good deflation."

  • 2016 CPI forecast holds sway over BOJ decision: Pro   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:46 PM ET
    2016 CPI forecast holds sway over BOJ decision: Pro

    If the inflation forecast for fiscal 2016 is maintained around 2 percent, the Bank of Japan will likely keep rates steady at this stage, says Jonathan Cavenagh, senior FX strategist at Westpac.

  • Japan factory output falls in March, but beats forecasts Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 9:17 PM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's industrial production fell in March, but by less than forecast, casting doubt on expectations that the central bank will opt to expand its already lavish monetary stimulus. Japan's central bank is mulling whether to expand its monetary stimulus at a policy meeting Thursday. Weak demand from China and the U.S. may be hindering Japan's efforts to...

  • Japan's Abe voices 'repentance' for wartime past   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 8:43 PM ET
    Japan's Abe voices 'repentance' for wartime past

    Scott Seaman, senior analyst for Asia at Eurasia Group, says a true apology for Japan's wartime atrocities didn't happen in prime minister Shinzo Abe's landmark speech to the U.S. Congress.

  • *March industrial output -0.3 vs forecast -2.3 pct. TOKYO, April 30- Japanese industrial output fell for a second straight month in March, adding to mounting evidence of an economy struggling to regain momentum after last year's sizable hit to consumption from a sales tax hike. On top of this, tame private consumption- which accounts for about 60 percent of the...

  • Why Sony may over-deliver on full-year results   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 8:33 PM ET
    Why Sony may over-deliver on full-year results

    Atul Goyal, senior analyst at Jefferies, explains why Sony's full-year operating profit, due late Thursday, could beat its guided forecast of 300 billion yen announced last week.

  • A reality check on BOJ's inflation target   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 8:14 PM ET
    A reality check on BOJ's inflation target

    Klaus Baader, head of Research for Asia at Societe Generale, says the Bank of Japan will need to admit that its inflation target has to be reduced at today's meeting, paving the way for more stimulus by the fourth quarter.

  • Japan industrial output falls, but still tops forecasts Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 7:56 PM ET

    Japan's industrial production fell 0.3 percent in March, coming in well above the 2.3 percent decline that had been forecast in a Reuters poll.

  • Amid improvements, BOJ won't ease just yet: Pro   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:50 PM ET
    Amid improvements, BOJ won't ease just yet: Pro

    Ed Rogers, CEO of Rogers Investment Advisors, says the Bank of Japan can afford to wait and see amid wage increases and improvements in corporate profits.

  • *Policy decision seen 0300-0500 GMT, forecasts 0600 GMT. TOKYO, April 30- The Bank of Japan is expected to hold off on expanding monetary stimulus on Thursday despite trimming its inflation and growth forecasts, clinging to hope that rising wages will spur spending and keep the economic recovery on track. Japan is emerging from recession but at a snail's pace, as...

  • Japan's Abe to Congress: Trade deal is 'awesome' Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 12:05 PM ET
    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe takes a question wile addressing a joint news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, April 28, 2015.

    Japanese Prime Minister Abe reiterated the importance of finalizing agreements on the Trans-Pacific Partnership in a historic speech before Congress.

  • TOKYO— Japan's largest drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. said Wednesday it has agreed to pay up to $2.4 billion to thousands of patients and their families over its diabetes drug Actos which has been linked to cancer. The settlement will go into effect if 95 percent of the litigants agree to the deal, and the company would pay $2.37 billion.

  • AP EXPLAINS: Japan's long wait to address US Congress Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 12:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Washington honors America's closest friends by inviting their leaders to address a joint meeting of Congress, but Wednesday's speech by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the first by a Japanese leader. That's striking considering the tight U.S.- Japan alliance in the 70 years since World War II ended. The modern practice of a foreign leader...

  • Will Abe's Congress speech be worth watching?   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 10:31 PM ET
    Will Abe's Congress speech be worth watching?

    Tobias Harris, Japan Analyst at Teneo Intelligence, explains why Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe's address to the U.S. Congress will be "long on symbolism, but short on concrete substance."

  • Is Asia's stock market rally about to end?   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 9:12 PM ET
    Is Asia's stock market rally about to end?

    Tim Condon, head of Research for Asia at ING Financial Markets, doubts that expectations of a delay in the Fed's first rate hike can continue to sustain the rally in Asia.

  • Abe's visit is a boost for US-Japan ties: Pro   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 8:44 PM ET
    Abe's visit is a boost for US-Japan ties: Pro

    Victor Teo, assistant professor at University of Hong Kong, says prime minister Shinzo Abe's Washington visit aims to bring U.S.-Japan alliance to a level that can counter the rise of China.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 12 Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation Deputy Director Mark van der Weide testifies on insurance regulation before the House Financial Services subcommittee on housing and insurance- 1400 GMT. Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs Nathan Sheets speaks on "What to Expect from the Next U.S.- China...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- President Barack Obama accused China on Tuesday of "flexing its muscles" to advance its maritime claims against Asian neighbors and assured Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the U.S. commitment to defend Japanese territory, including tiny islands in dispute with Beijing. Speaking at a joint news conference in the White House Rose...

  • What investors want Japan's Abe to tell Congress Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 1:28 PM ET
    President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the White House South Lawn in Washington, April 28, 2015.

    Japanese Prime Minister Abe's historic address to Congress will likely bolster the Trans-Pacific Partnership and add support to the Nikkei.

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- President Barack Obama told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he shared Japan's concerns about China's assertive behavior in maritime disputes with its neighbors and assured him of the U.S. commitment to defending Japanese territory, including tiny islands that Beijing claims. Speaking at a joint news conference in the White House Rose Garden,...