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  • TOKYO, Dec 25- Bank of Japan board members made a rare call on the government to steadily promote measures to restore the country's tattered finances three weeks after expanding monetary stimulus, minutes of their November meeting showed. The November rate review was held in the midst of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's announcement to postpone a scheduled second...

  • *Many markets closed around the region, as well as London, U.S. Markets are closed in other key countries around the region, including Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea, and will be closed later in London and New York. There were some guys taking profits in the dollar-yen this week, but most people seem happy to be caught long, "said Kaneo Ogino, director at...

  • The film was available for rental on Google Inc's YouTube site as of early Wednesday afternoon. Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, a day before the hastily scheduled premiere at some 320 independent theaters. He added that Sony had first reached out to Google, Microsoft "and other partners" on Dec. 17, the day the studio said it had no future...

  • Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, a day before its scheduled premiere at some 320 independent theaters. He added that Sony had first reached out to Google, Microsoft "and other partners" on Dec. 17, the day the studio said it was canceling the movie's Christmas Day release. The showing is a chance for Google and Microsoft, which have been bit...

  • ( (Adds comment from Google and White House). Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, the studio said, a day after agreeing to release it at some 200 independent theaters. The showing is a chance for Google and Microsoft, which have been bit players in a VOD market dominated by Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and cable and satellite operators, to raise their...

  • *Rouble dips after S&P threatens Russia with junk status. *Brent oil drops back to $60 a barrel. Most Asian markets had edged up overnight and Europe was looking to close the Christmas week up 1 percent despite a subdued day on Wednesday.

  • FOREX-Dollar down from highest levels in nearly 9 years Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 9:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 24- Investors trimmed dollar positions during the Christmas holiday lull on Wednesday, pulling the greenback down from its highest point in nearly nine years after strong U.S. economic growth data on Tuesday solidified views of coming Fed rate increases. The dollar index reached a high not seen since March 2006, while the two-year yield on U.S.

  • FOREX-Dollar holds near highest in almost 9 years Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 7:19 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 24- The dollar held near its highest point in almost nine years against a basket of currencies on Wednesday after investors brought forward forecasts for when U.S. interest rates will rise. That was the strongest sign yet that growth has shifted into higher gear and it pushed the dollar index to highs not seen since March 2006, while the two-year yield...

  • Air bag maker Takata shuffles top management Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 5:17 AM ET

    TOKYO— Takata Corp., the Japanese maker of air bags at the center of massive recalls in the U.S. and elsewhere, said Wednesday that it was reshuffling its top executives, who plan to take pay cuts in response to the crisis. Takata's president Stefan Stocker is moving aside to let its chairman, Shigehisa Takada, take over, the company said in a statement.

  • *Rouble dips after S&P puts Russia on junk downgrade warning. LONDON, Dec 24- The strongest growth for the world's largest economy in over a decade meant there was plenty of pre-Christmas cheer in global markets on Wednesday, as stocks continued their strong run and the dollar hovered at an 8-1/ 2 year high. The data drove both the Dow Jones and the S&P 500 benchmark...

  • Auto industry acts globally _ except on recalls Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    Six years ago, Honda began recalling driver's side air bags in the U.S. The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. at a now-shuttered plant in Georgia, can inflate with too much force, spewing shrapnel into the vehicle. But it wasn't until November of this year— after the death of a driver in Malaysia— that Honda recalled driver's side air bags in small cars...

  • Abe takes office for 3rd term as Japan's leader Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:59 AM ET

    TOKYO— Shinzo Abe won endorsement Wednesday to serve another term as prime minister after winning a renewed mandate for his "Abenomics" strategies for reviving the world's third-biggest economy. The victory by the ruling Liberal Democrats and their coalition partner the Komei Party was viewed as an endorsement by the public of Abe's strategies for reviving...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 24- Brent futures fell toward $61 per barrel on Wednesday, giving up some of the previous session's gains, as the U.S. dollar held near its highest level in nearly nine years on strong data. Brent for February delivery dropped 54 cents to $61.15 by 0400 GMT after settling up $1.58 on Tuesday. U.S. crude fell 53 cents to $56.59, after settling $1.86 higher...

  • TOKYO, Dec 24- Japanese stocks rallied and the dollar stood tall on Wednesday thanks to surprisingly robust U.S. economic growth, helping investors head into the Christmas holidays in a more relaxed mood after the global markets turbulence of the past two weeks. Tokyo's Nikkei followed suit, rising 1 percent and South Korea's Kospi was up 0.2 percent.

  • Japan prepares to reappoint Abe as prime minister Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 7:43 PM ET

    TOKYO— Japan was preparing Wednesday to name Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to his next term in office following his victory in a Dec. 14 snap election that could give him another four years to pursue his agenda of restoring Japan's economic and security stature. Abe's Cabinet disbanded early in the day as a ritual first step. Japanese media reported that the cabinet...

  • Sony may sell unit that owns Beatles songs: DJ Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 6:36 PM ET

    Sony Corp is considering a sale of its Sony/ATV Music Publishing unit, which owns the rights to most of the Beatles' songs, WSJ reports.

  • Dec 23- Sony Corp is considering a sale of its Sony/ATV Music Publishing unit, which owns the rights to most of the Beatles' songs, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing the company's leaked internal emails. The unit, which Sony owns jointly with deceased pop star Michael Jackson's estate, is estimated to be worth $1.5 billion- $2 billion, the Journal said.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Jan 4 Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    TOKYO- Bank of Japan to release the minutes of November policy-setting meeting- 2350 GMT. TOKYO- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at the meeting of Councillors of Japan Business Federation. BOSTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks on "Rules vs.

  • WASHINGTON/ BEIJING, Dec 22- North Korea, at the center of a confrontation with the United States over the hacking of Sony pictures, itself experienced Internet outages on Monday, a U.S. company that monitors Internet infrastructure said. The United States also asked China to identify any North Korea hackers operating in China and, if found, send them back to North...

  • There were also hopes that Greece could avoid destabilizing snap elections after Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras made a surprise offer to bring pro-European independents into the government if they backed his choice for new president. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index advanced by 1 percent, Germany's DAX by 0.9 percent and France's CAC rose 1.2...