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The BOJ's tankan survey showed the country's large manufacturers are more optimistic than expected, with the index hitting its highest since March 2014.
Peter Boardman, managing director at Tradewinds, says the Tankan survey's stronger-than-expected reading indicates a recovery in Japan's economy.
Japan's economy offered a mixed reading Monday, with retail sales for May beating expectations while industrial production disappointed.
The Japanese government's backsliding on promises to rein in spending is putting the BOJ in a bind, limiting its scope to expand its monetary stimulus.
Japan's households opened their wallets a bit wider than expected in May, with household expenditures jumping for the first time in more than a year.
Asian shares advanced amid rangebound trade on Wednesday, with Japan's Nikkei 225 index clinching an 18-year peak.
Naomi Fink, CEO of Europacifica Consulting, says the Bank of Japan (BOJ) could ease monetary policy further, but it will not be in July.
Japan's Nikkei stock market rose to its highest level since December 1996 on Wednesday. CNBC's Kaori Enjoji reports.
Greece's drama is nearing a potentially catastrophic denouement, likely hijacking market attention from economic pulse checks on China and Japan this week.
The euro fell against other major currencies, weighed down by anxieties that Greece may soon default on debts.
Mainland shares suffered a steep correction on Friday, underperforming other regional bourses which followed Wall Street higher.
The BOJ stood pat on its monetary easing program, but it took steps to improve its transparency by releasing more information about its decisions.
Lutfey Siddiqi, global head of emerging markets at UBS, says progress in the third arrow of "Abenomics" is sparking reaction from Japan Inc, which is the key to beating Japan's deflationary mindset.
With Japan's economy on the mend, Nicholas Weindling, fund manager at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, says the Bank of Japan won't need to roll out further easing.
Alvin Liew, senior economist at UOB, says the Bank of Japan's decision to release documents containing a summary of opinions at each policy meeting will make the minutes more relevant.
Sim Moh Siong, FX strategist at Bank of Singapore, expects limited yen weakness from here given that the Bank of Japan is no longer actively encouraging yen weakness.
Masayuki Kichikawa, managing director & chief Japan economist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, discusses the comments made by BOJ Governor Kuroda last week about the yen's real effective exchange rate.
Xavier Denis, global strategist at Societe Generale, says the rally in Japanese stocks is "getting tired for the time being" due to uncertainty over Bank of Japan's monetary policy.
Paul Sheard, chief global economist at Standard & Poor's, says the Bank of Japan needs to show markets that the central bank is confident of "slaying the deflation dragon."
Stephen Wood, chief market strategist at Russell Investments, says comments from the Bank of Japan suggest that October, instead of July, will be the time for additional stimulus.