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  • *Some automakers explore Takata's rivals for replacement parts. *Takata shares fall 10 pct in Tokyo. DETROIT, May 20- Takata Corp's record U.S. recall of potentially deadly air bag inflators could take years to complete, industry experts and safety advocates said, as automakers scrambled to line up replacement parts, some not from Takata.

  • Watch out for a wave of equity issuance in China   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:43 PM ET
    Bad is good for China markets

    A wave of equity issuance may cap the market's upside moving forward, but it could also play to the benefit of bond holders, says Michael Kelly, managing director, global head of Asset Allocation at Pinebridge Investments.

  • DETROIT, May 20- Takata Corp said on Wednesday it plans to boost production of parts needed to replace potentially deadly air bag inflators that could spray vehicle occupants with metal shards. Takata's air bag inflators have been found to explode with too much force, spraying metal fragment inside cars and have forced automakers to recall more than 53 million...

  • Cramer: Japan may be back, but ...   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 9:06 AM ET
    Cramer: Japan may be back, but ...

    Investors should not get their hopes up about Japan, CNBC's Jim Cramer says.

  • TOKYO— Japanese movie studio Toho Co. said Wednesday it is suing Voltage Pictures and a director in a lawsuit complaining that promotions of an upcoming film infringe on its copyright to Godzilla. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a federal court in Los Angeles over use of images from the 2014 "Godzilla" movie and to try to gain financing and distribution for the...

  • TOKYO— Japan's aquariums have promised to stop acquiring dolphins captured in a bloody hunt that was depicted in the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" and caused global outrage. The move by the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums follows a decision last month by the Swiss-based umbrella group World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or WAZA, to...

  • LONDON, May 20- The euro slid to a two-week low and a rally in European shares stalled on Wednesday after a Greek official said the country may not make an upcoming repayment to the International Monetary Fund. The pause in European shares mirrored the sticky performance of Asian bourses, although the Nikkei in Tokyo jumped to a 15- year high after Japan posted...

  • Japan GDP boosted by inventories   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    Japan GDP boosted by inventories

    Takuji Okubo, principal and chief economist at Japan Macro Advisors, explains why he's not worried about Japan's economic outlook over the next two years.

  • TOKYO, May 20- Asian shares slipped on Wednesday after a mixed day on Wall Street, though Japan's better-than-expected economic growth lifted the Nikkei to a 15- year high. The dollar scaled a two-month high against the yen after upbeat U.S. housing data, and as the euro remained pressured by expectations that the European Central Bank would increase its...

  • Japan economy gathers pace in 1Q as recovery takes hold Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 2:03 AM ET

    TOKYO— Japan's economy grew at a faster-than-expected 2.4 percent annual pace in the January-March quarter, suggesting a recovery is gaining traction despite persisting weakness in corporate and household spending. Overall trends for the economy are positive, said Masamichi Adachi, an economist with JPMorgan in Tokyo. "We see a huge income shift from the oil...

  • Japan GDP 'good', but watch out for this...   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 1:30 AM ET
    Japan GDP 'good', but watch out for this...

    Kevin Doran, senior fund manager at Brown Shipley, says that despite good first-quarter growth, Japan still suffers from a "massive" debt to GDP ratio.

  • JGBs edge down as Tokyo stocks hit 15-year high Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:59 AM ET

    TOKYO, May 20- Japanese government bond prices fell on Wednesday following a drop in U.S. Treasuries and as Tokyo stocks rallied to a 15- year high and dented the allure of safe-haven debt. The benchmark 10- year JGB yield rose 1.5 basis points to 0.395 percent, though it still remained some distance away from a two-month high of 0.470 percent struck earlier in the...

  • SINGAPORE/ SYDNEY, May 20- The dollar hit a two-month high versus the yen on Wednesday after strong housing data offered signs that the U.S. economy may be recovering from a weak first quarter. The dollar rose as high as 120.98 yen, its strongest level since March 20, before paring some of the gains to trade at 120.86 yen, up 0.1 percent on the day. "There are offers all the...

  • This will be a big boost for Japan's growth   Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 12:05 AM ET
    This will be a big boost for Japan's growth

    Following the spring wage negotiations, nominal wage growth in Japan will likely exceed inflation rate for the rest of 2015, says Masakazu Takeda, portfolio manager at Hennessy Japan Fund.

  • Why Japan's Q1 growth won't be sustainable   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 11:32 PM ET
    Why Japan's Q1 growth won't be sustainable

    Luca Silipo, chief economist of Asia Pacific at Natixis, attributes Japan's faster-than-expected growth in the first quarter to the support from lower oil prices, instead of improvements in the economy.

  • Japan approves third nuclear plant for restart Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 10:33 PM ET

    TOKYO, May 20- Japan's nuclear regulator signed off on the basic safety of a reactor at a third nuclear plant on Wednesday, as the country inches toward rebooting its atomic industry more than four years after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The decision will be a boost for operator Shikoku Electric Power Co, which relied on its sole Ikata nuclear power station in...

  • GHIT: A fund for neglected tropical diseases   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 9:47 PM ET
    GHIT: A fund for neglected tropical diseases

    BT Slingsby, CEO of the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT), explains why it is developing new innovative health technologies to combat diseases like tuberculosis and malaria.

  • TOKYO, May 20- Asian shares got off to a lacklustre start on Wednesday after a mixed day on Wall Street, though Japan's better-than-expected economic growth lifted the Nikkei to a nearly one-month high. The euro remained pressured by expectations that the European Central Bank would increase its bond-buying stimulus. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific...

  • TOKYO— Japan's economy beat forecasts to expand an annualized 2.4 percent in the January-March quarter, its fastest pace in a year, helped by policy changes that boosted investment in new housing. The news pushed share prices higher, lifting the Nikkei 225 index by 0.7 percent to 20,164.60. The data reduce the likelihood the Bank of Japan will opt to expand its...

  • Japan's economy grows faster than expected Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 8:17 PM ET

    Japan's economy staged an encouraging comeback in the first quarter, expanding at its fastest pace in a year.