• Japan's jobless rate fell to a nine-year low in April while the availability of jobs improved for the first time in nine months, signaling a tight labor market and boosting the Bank of Japan's case for a rate increase.

  • Japan Inflation Falls for the Third Straight Month Thursday, 24 May 2007 | 9:14 PM ET

    Japanese consumer prices fell in April, making this the third straight month of declines and doing nothing to change the view that the Bank of Japan will wait until August to raise interest rates.

  • IMF Says BOJ Should Delay Rate Move Amid Tame Inflation Thursday, 24 May 2007 | 1:59 AM ET

    The International Monetary Fund said on Thursday that a rate hike by the Bank of Japan should be delayed until inflation expectations have recovered and the consumer price trend is firmly rising.

  • Japan Airlines is asking its main lenders to boost its capital by $1.7 - $3.3 billion to help it restructure without further damage to its financial standing, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday.

  • Japan Exports to U.S. Dip, But Offset by Asia Demand Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 9:34 PM ET

    Japanese exports to the United States in April fell from a year earlier for the first time in 27 months, but strong shipments to Asia offset the drop, helping push Japan's trade surplus up more than 50%.

  • Swatch CEO Bets on Luxury Boom in U.S., Japan Wednesday, 23 May 2007 | 7:52 AM ET

    Swatch Group, the world's biggest watchmaker, is betting on a luxury goods boom in the United States and a recovering Japan as its sales continue to show double-digit growth, its chief executive said on Wednesday.

  • Toyota: Moving Forward to Dominate the U.S. Market Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 11:49 AM ET

    If history is any indication, Cerberus Capital will be slashing Chrysler down in size, making this Japanese automaker the last large car company left in America. He thinks it’s the only play worth considering in the sector. Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Sony Shares Hit Five-Year High on Bullish Outlook Thursday, 17 May 2007 | 2:05 AM ET

    Shares of Sony jumped to a five-year high on Thursday after the electronics maker forecast a six-fold jump in annual profit on sales of LCD TVs and expectations for smaller losses in its game division.

  • Japan's economy lost a little steam in the January-March period on a downturn in capital expenditure, reaffirming the market view that the Bank of Japan will hold off on raising rates at least for the next few months.

  • Sony Fourth-Quarter Loss Widens, Sees Sharp Upturn Ahead Wednesday, 16 May 2007 | 7:28 AM ET

    Sony reported a wider quarterly loss on Wednesday due to losses in its game unit, but it forecast a sharp rise in profit this year as it boosts sales of its PlayStation 3 video game machine and LCD TVs.

  • Japan March Machinery Orders Are Surprisingly Weak Monday, 14 May 2007 | 9:57 PM ET

    Japanese machinery orders fell unexpectedly in March, rekindling concerns that companies' capital spending may be losing steam.  Core private-sector machinery orders, fell 4.5% in March from the previous month, government data showed on Tuesday.

  • The world's largest wigmaker, Aderans, is in Japan. But now the rug is being pulled out from under the domestic toupee market, as more Japanese men reportedly "bare all" up top. Aderans is so afraid of a hostile takeover it's seeking a sort of "poison pill" defense, an effort being fought by its largest shareholder, American investment fund Steel Partners. Steel Partners says the plan isn't good for growth, and a hairy shareholder vote is looming.

  • Japanese Wholesale Prices Rise More Than Expected Sunday, 13 May 2007 | 10:38 PM ET

    Japanese wholesale prices grew more than expected in April from a year earlier on a recent pick-up in oil prices, with markets viewing the data as keeping the Bank of Japan on track for a rate increase later this year.

  • Japan Regulator to Monitor Hedge Funds Tuesday, 1 May 2007 | 1:56 AM ET

    Japan's Financial Services Agency said on Tuesday it will begin monitoring hedge funds operating in Japan, seeking to ward off potential turmoil in financial markets.

  • Asian Real Estate on the Rise Monday, 30 Apr 2007 | 11:44 AM ET

    Theodore Bigman, a portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that Asia’s real estate market is strong and rising.

  • Bank of Japan Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged at 0.5% Friday, 27 Apr 2007 | 3:05 AM ET

    The Bank of Japan left its monetary policy unchanged at a board meeting on Friday, keeping the overnight call rate target at 0.5% as widely expected by financial markets. The decision by the nine-member board was unanimous.

  • Japan's trade surplus with the rest of the world grew 73.9% in March, a faster-than-expected increase largely led by strong auto and semiconductor exports, the government said Wednesday.

  • Toyota #1 & Mulally's Greenhouse Comment Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 10:28 AM ET
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    The news out of Tokyo that Toyota eclipsed General Motors in 1Q sales is likely to elicit the usual round of "Detroit is dying" stories in the media. However, this news is not a surprise and does not mean Detroit is dead. Are the Big Three struggling to find their way domestically and globally? You bet.

  • Citigroup takeover target Nikko Cordial reported a 38% increase in quarterly net profit on Tuesday as a beneficial change in its tax status compensated for a decline in underlying earnings.

  • Japan Mulls Merger of Tokyo Bourse, Commodities Tuesday, 17 Apr 2007 | 8:34 PM ET

    Four members of Japan's top economic council on Tuesday suggested merging the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the country's commodities exchanges, a move aimed at boosting Tokyo's competitiveness as an investment hub.

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