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Australia's PEP offers $1 bln for compliance group SAI

SYDNEY- Australian private equity firm Pacific Equity Partners offers up to A$1.1 billion to take standards compliance business SAI Global Ltd private, the latest in a flurry of deal activity in the country sparked by surging stock prices.(AUSTRALIA-SAI GLOBAL/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Byron Kaye, 400 words)

Japan consumer inflation to hit 23-year high on sales tax hike

TOKYO - Japan's core consumer prices rise the most in almost 23 years in April after an increase in the nationwide sales tax, a Reuters poll shows. JAPAN-ECONOMY/PRICES, moved, by Stanley White, 550 words)

Airlines not worried about cost of real-time aircraft tracking -UN official

KUALA LUMPUR - Major airlines are united on the need for real-time tracking of commercial aircraft following the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 and have not raised cost as a concern, according to a senior official with the United Nations' aviation agency. (ICAO-AIRCRAFT/TRACKING, moved, by Al-Zaquan Amer Hamzah, 500 words)

MARKETS

Asian shares hit 1-year high on Wall St rally, Ukraine vote

TOKYO- Asian shares hit one-year high thanks to a strong session on Wall Street and a decisive win for billionaire Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine's presidential election.(MARKETS-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 3, GRAPHIC), expect by 0530 GMT/1.30AM ET, by Hideyuki San, 800 words)

ECONOMY

BOJ's Sato proposes highlighting risks on price target -minutes

TOKYO - Bank of Japan board member Takehiro Sato proposes changing the central bank's assessment of prices to say that risks are tilted somewhat to the downside, highlighting skepticism within the board that Japan would be able to decisively beat off deflation in a year's time.(JAPAN-ECONOMY/BOJ MINUTES (URGENT,UPDATE 1),moved, by Stanley White, 450 words)

COMPANIES

Sony, Shanghai Oriental Pearl to set up China PlayStation JVs

BEIJING - Japan's Sony Corp and China's Shanghai Oriental Pearl Group Co Ltd are to set up two joint ventures to make and market Sony's PlayStation games console in China, Shanghai Oriental Pearl says in a stock exchange filing . (SHANGHAIORIENTALPEARL/PLAYSTATION (UPDATE 1), moved, by Paul Carsten, 450 words)

Prawns replace abalone as China property developers go down-market

HONG KONG - The Chinese developer behind an eight-storey clubhouse with a billion-dollar view over Shanghai's Huangphu River is turning to lower-end coffee shops and restaurants to fill the space, as a broad anti-graft campaign puts the brakes on conspicuous spending. (CHINA-PROPERTY/LUXURY (PIX), moved, by Clare Jim, 900 words)

Messaging app firm Kakao to take over Daum in back door listing

SEOUL - Kakao Corp, the dominant messaging app firm in South Korea, will take over Internet portal company Daum Communications Corp in a back-door listing, in a deal worth that values the mobile messenger operator at 3.1 trillion won ($3 billion).(DAUM-KAKAO/ (UPDATE 1),moved, by Hyunjoo Jin 450 words)

Japan Display may tie up on OLED panels with Sony, Panasonic-sources

TOKYO - Japan Display Inc, the world's biggest maker of liquid crystal displays for smartphones and tablets, is considering setting up a joint venture with Sony Corp and Panasonic Corp to develop organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays, sources familiar with the matter say.(JAPAN DISPLAY-OLED/, moved, by Reiji Murai,250 words)