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  • Japan's economy offered a mixed reading Monday, with retail sales for May beating expectations while industrial production disappointed.

  • Japan's back-sliding on fiscal reform puts BOJ in bind Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 10:18 PM ET
    Shubiya district, Tokyo, Japan

    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 start opening their wallets Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 8:59 PM ET

    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 edge up, with Nikkei 225 at 18-year peak Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | 3:15 AM ET
    Pedestrians stand in front of stock market boards along the pavement in Tokyo, Japan.

    Asian shares advanced amid rangebound trade on Wednesday, with Japan's Nikkei 225 index clinching an 18-year peak.

  • Will BOJ step on the monetary pedal in July? Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 11:33 PM ET
    Will BOJ step on the monetary pedal in July?

    Naomi Fink, CEO of Europacifica Consulting, says the Bank of Japan (BOJ) could ease monetary policy further, but it will not be in July.

  • Nikkei 225 scales 18-year high Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 | 10:08 PM ET
    Nikkei 225 scales 18-year high

    Japan's Nikkei stock market rose to its highest level since December 1996 on Wednesday. CNBC's Kaori Enjoji reports.

  • Asia’s week ahead: All eyes on Greece Sunday, 21 Jun 2015 | 7:14 PM ET

    Greece's drama is nearing a potentially catastrophic denouement, likely hijacking market attention from economic pulse checks on China and Japan this week.

  • Euro slips on Greek debt fears, dollar gains Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 3:08 PM ET

    The euro fell against other major currencies, weighed down by anxieties that Greece may soon default on debts.

  • Chinese shares suffer biggest weekly drop in 7 years Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 3:29 AM ET
    Chinese stock investors gather at a securities firm in Fuyang, in China's Anhui province.

    Mainland shares suffered a steep correction on Friday, underperforming other regional bourses which followed Wall Street higher.

  • Soon, the BOJ will tell you what it's thinking Friday, 19 Jun 2015 | 3:01 AM ET
    A Japanese flag flies atop the Bank of Japan (BOJ) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan

    The BOJ stood pat on its monetary easing program, but it took steps to improve its transparency by releasing more information about its decisions.

  • Abenomics is moving in right direction, says this expert

    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.

  • There's no need for more BOJ easing: JPMorgan Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 11:30 PM ET
    There's no need for more BOJ easing: JPMorgan

    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.

  • Why is the BOJ improving its transparency Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 11:07 PM ET
    Why is the BOJ improving its transparency

    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.

  • Why the yen may see limited downside from here Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 10:49 PM ET
    Why the yen may see limited downside from here

    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.

  • How to read BOJ Kuroda's remarks on the yen Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 8:31 PM ET
    How to read BOJ Kuroda's remarks on the yen

    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.

  • Why the Nikkei rally is running out of steam Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 8:11 PM ET
    Why the Nikkei rally is running out of steam

    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.

  • For BOJ, communication is what matters: S&P Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 | 6:37 PM ET
    For BOJ, communication is what matters now: S&P

    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."

  • Awaiting BOJ stimulus? It won't be July: Pro Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 8:25 PM ET
    Awaiting BOJ stimulus? It won't be July: Pro

    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.

  • BOJ must do further easing in Q4: UBS economist Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 6:51 PM ET
    BOJ must do further easing in Q4: UBS economist

    To maintain high inflation expectations, the Bank of Japan needs to unveil additional easing in the fourth quarter, says Daiju Aoki, research of equities division at UBS.

  • Japan exports: Where was the yen impact? Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 8:08 PM ET
    Japan exports: Where was the yen impact?

    Peter Boardman, Managing Director of Tradewinds, says the fact that a weaker yen has failed to lifted exports means industrial production could slow down.