Japan's retail sales rose 5.0 percent in the year to April, bolstering the BOJ's view that consumer spending is picking up in a recovering economy.» Read More
After a two-month hiatus, the dollar rally looks set to resume and it could be powerful.
The Bank of Japan's decision makers remained concerned their 2 percent inflation goal would be difficult to keep, meeting minutes show.
Japan is seeing the initial stages of corporate reform, alongside the discussion of Prime Minister Abe's "third arrow", says Eric Robertsen, head of Global Macro Strategy at Standard Chartered.
Factors such as improved corporate governance will buoy Japanese equities, says Nicholas Weindling, fund manager at JP Morgan Asset Management.
As global central banks remain in easing mode, one needs to ask whether the U.S. economy is strong enough to withstand a stronger dollar, says Roger Bridges, global rates & currencies strategist at Nikko Asset Management.
The Shanghai Composite clinched a fresh seven-year high on Friday, while markets in Japan edged up to finish at their highest levels in 15 years.
Eisuke Sakakibara, professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, says the Bank of Japan does not see the need to stimulate the economy further. He later explains why he agrees with the BOJ's upbeat economic view.
Ben Collett, head of Japan and Asian Equities at Sunrise Brokers, discusses the Bank of Japan's policy decision on Friday and explains what that means for investors.
Derek Halpenny, European head of Global Markets Research at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, says June 5 could be D-Day for Greece if it fails to make a payment to the International Monetary Fund.
Martin Schulz, international equity investment director at PNC, says the upbeat growth report signals the "beginning of a better recovery in Japan" and the central bank will likely stand pat on policy in the near term.
The Bank of Japan may be intent on keeping its easy monetary policy, but it could run out of bonds to buy, and be forced into tapering next year.
China's equity markets stood out amid mixed trading in the region on Thursday, as investors bet on further economic stimulus from Beijing.
Japan's economic growth beat forecasts in the first quarter, but it's getting a yawn or even outlook cuts from analysts looking at the rest of the year.
Martin Schulz, senior economist at Fujitsu Research Institute, says the Bank of Japan will likely keep its monetary policy unchanged following the upbeat first-quarter growth figures.
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.
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.
Japan's economy staged an encouraging comeback in the first quarter, expanding at its fastest pace in a year.
Nicholas Smith, Japan strategist at CLSA, discusses the 0.4 percent rise in private consumption as shown in Japan's first-quarter gross domestic product on Wednesday.
Tai Hui, chief Asia market strategist at J.P. Morgan Funds, outlines the factors that will likely take Japanese equities higher.
While income levels in Japan are improving, the government is taking away consumers' spare cash via the sales tax hike, says Robert Medd, partner at GMT Research.