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  • Japan to see blue skies for next 12-18 months: Pro  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:33 PM ET

    Takuji Okubo, Principal and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, explains why he agrees with the Bank of Japan's optimistic economic outlook.

  • BOJ raises its economic view, but keeps policy steady Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 10:29 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan kept its monetary policy steady, as had been expected, but it raised its economic assessment, citing signs of a pickup in exports.

  • Abe win does little to spur Japan's economy Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 12:54 PM ET
    Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister and president of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), places a red paper rose on a LDP candidate's name to indicate a lower house election victory, at the party's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014.

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's re-election Sunday will have little impact on Japan's stalled economic reforms.

  • There was no "rational" reason for calling elections in Japan, according to Seijiro Takeshita, director at Mizuho International, adding that a rise in corporate spending will be key for the country's economy.

  • Surprised by forecast in Q4 Tankan survey: RIETI  Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 6:52 PM ET

    Atsushi Nakajima, Chairman of Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, says the first-quarter outlook for big manufacturers is "too cautious" amid favorable factors like a weak yen and drop in fuel prices.

  • Why Fitch placed Japan on ratings watch negative  Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:07 PM ET

    Andrew Colquhoun, Head of Asia-Pacific Sovereigns at Fitch Ratings, says the justification to delay the sales tax hike was an "eyebrow raiser" and discusses the possibility of downgrading Japan's credit rating next year.

  • What if Abe’s election gamble doesn't pay off? Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 5:49 PM ET
    Supporters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) at a rally as Prime Minister and ruling LDP leader Shinzo Abe delivers a campaign speech at Omiya, suburban Tokyo on December 9, 2014

    Japan Prime Minister Abe's election gamble is expected to end in a respectable, if not landslide, victory, but some are concerned the bid may fail.

  • Japan threatened with credit rating downgrade Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    Japan’s “A-plus” credit rating is under threat, after Fitch Ratings placed the country’s debt on negative watch on Tuesday.

  • Japan to recover strongly in 2015: JP Morgan  Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 10:30 PM ET

    Jesper Koll, MD & Head of Japanese Equity Research at JP Morgan, says the Bank of Japan's bazooka and Abe's tax hike delay will boost the economy going forward.

  • Slowdown in China is inevitable: OCBC  Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 10:08 PM ET

    Vasu Menon, Vice President of Wealth Management at OCBC, says the Chinese government may lower its growth forecast to 7 percent next year.

  • BOJ has no choice except to weaken yen: UBS  Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 9:17 PM ET

    Kelvin Tay, MD & Regional CIO, Southern APAC at UBS Wealth Management, says the Bank of Japan has to weaken the yen so it can compete with European exports.

  • Nikkei tops 18,000 on easing expectations  Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 7:34 PM ET

    Michael Every, Head of Financial Markets Research, Asia-Pacific at Rabobank, says markets are rallying on expectations of more action from the Bank of Japan following recent weak data.

  • When will Japan private consumption recover?  Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 6:51 PM ET

    Izumi Devalier, Japan Economist at HSBC, explains why she's concerned about private consumption following Japan's revised third-quarter growth data.

  • Why Japan needs more than a weak yen  Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 6:18 PM ET

    Bart Van Ark, Chief Economist at The Conference Board, says Shinzo Abe's "third arrow" will help the economy accelerate more than a weaker currency.

  • Bill Gross: You can't cure debt with more debt Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 12:31 PM ET
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    Central banks are creating a "point of low return" for investors, Gross told clients.

  • Japan, China & India: Top winners of cheap oil  Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 10:11 PM ET

    Stephen Davies, CEO at Javelin Wealth Management, explains why these three countries will be the biggest beneficiaries of lower oil prices.

  • Why are energy stocks up on weak oil prices?  Tuesday, 2 Dec 2014 | 6:17 PM ET

    Doug Gordon, Senior Investment Strategist at Russell Investments, explains why investors brushed off lower oil prices in Tuesday's U.S trading session.

  • Downgrade is 'embarrassing' for Abe: MBMG  Monday, 1 Dec 2014 | 5:09 PM ET

    Paul Gambles, Managing Partner at MBMG Group, doesn't expect the Japanese government to react to Moody's credit rating downgrade.

  • Dollar-yen at 126 next year: Scotiabank  Sunday, 30 Nov 2014 | 7:34 PM ET

    Sacha Tihanyi, Director and Senior Currency Strategist at Scotiabank, outlines factors underpinning his bearish calls on the yen.

  • How cheaper oil can help Japan  Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 12:14 AM ET

    Alvin Liew, Senior Economist at UOB, says lower prices can help Japan reduce its trade deficit in the energy and produce sectors.