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  • TOKYO, Jan 6- Japan's Nikkei share average slid to a 1-1/ 2- week low on its first trading day of 2014, snapping a nine-day winning streak, as investors took profits on financials and large market cap stocks such as Fast Retailing and SoftBank.

  • *Panasonic, Fujifilm, Olympus camera divisions all losing money. TOKYO, Dec 30- Panasonic Corp and Japan's other mid-tier camera makers have a battle on their hands to win over a smartphone "selfie" generation to mirrorless cameras that held such promise when they were launched around five years ago.

  • *3 D printer entrepreneurs hope to revive age of craftmanship. *Global market dominated by United States, Germany. TOKYO, Dec 3- Junichiro Asami gave up a stable job to join a group of Japanese entrepreneurs building businesses based on 3 D printing, showing the sort of pioneering spirit Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hopes can revitalise a calcified economy.

  • COLUMN-Stock screen: 10 foreign stock bargains Monday, 2 Dec 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    MSCI indexes for Japan, Germany, France and Spain, for instance, trade at 14 times earnings, compared with 15 for the Standard& Poor's 500; Britain is cheaper, at 13 times earnings, and MSCI's broad-based index of emerging markets is cheaper still, with a price-earnings ratio of 11..

  • Mainland shares pared losses on Monday following a volatile session that saw it drop 1.6 percent on fears over reforms in the IPO market.

  • Nikkei scales 6-month high as exporters rally on weak yen Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | 9:01 PM ET

    *Sumco jumps to 4- mth high on report on higher profits. TOKYO, Nov 28- Japan's Nikkei share average sped to a 6- month high on Thursday morning, as a slump in the yen jolted exporters higher on expectations of improved earnings.

  • Asian stocks mixed; Railway shares help China outperform Wednesday, 27 Nov 2013 | 5:51 AM ET

    Chinese shares outperformed on Wednesday while the rest of Asian shares fell on profit-taking and rising political tensions in the region.

  • *Rakuten jumps after being promoted to main board Topix. Nikon Corp, Ricoh Co Ltd and Canon Inc were in demand, up between 0.8 and 3.1 percent after U.S. Nikon is down 23.6 percent year-to-date and is the worst underperformer in the Nikkei this year, while the benchmark has rallied nearly 49 percent.

  • Nov 22- U.S. companies' borrowing to spend on capital investment was unchanged in October, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association said.

  • TOKYO, Nov 15- Japan's Nikkei average surged above the 15,000- mark for the first time in six months on Friday, as strong quarterly earnings buoyed financials while exporters took advantage of the yen's slide to a two-month low against the dollar.

  • Japan's TSE launches new stock index to boost appeal Wednesday, 6 Nov 2013 | 3:56 AM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 6- The Tokyo Stock Exchange is launching a new index comprised of companies with high return on equity and strong corporate governance to appeal to investors, amid a strong rally in Japanese shares this year.

  • Asian stocks were dealt a blow on Friday as concerns over a repeat of June's credit crunch in China overshadowed gains on Wall Street.

  • *Murata up after raising half-year profit forecast. TOKYO, Oct 25- Japan's Nikkei stock average sagged on Friday morning as investors fretted over the yen's level against the dollar, and opted to wait for a big week in the earnings season to confirm that Corporate Japan is in good health.

  • Asian equities were mixed on Thursday on the back of positive Chinese manufacturing data and liquidity fears in the mainland.

  • Japanese and Chinese equities were sold-off on Wednesday afternoon on fears of bad bank debt and tight liquidity in China.

  • Oct 22- U.S. companies borrowed less to spend on capital investment last month, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association said. Washington- based ELFA, a trade association that keeps track of economic activity for the $725 billion equipment finance sector, said credit approvals totaled 77.3 percent in September, down from 79.1 the previous month.

  • Asian equities closed mixed in subdued trade on Tuesday as investors stayed on the sidelines before the U.S. September jobs report.

  • TOKYO, Oct 21- Japan's Nikkei share average rose above 14,700 for the first time in three weeks, underpinned by a strong performance on Wall Street and expectations the Federal Reserve will delay trimming its economic stimulus programme.

  • Asian stocks climb on US deal hopes but Shanghai slips Tuesday, 15 Oct 2013 | 3:04 AM ET

    Asian equity markets outside of China rose on Tuesday on news that a bipartisan U.S. budget deal could be announced soon.

  • Nikkei Business Report     Friday, 11 Oct 2013 | 4:30 AM ET

    The Nikkei is reporting Canon's operating profit slid 2% so far this year to around 2.4 billion dollars. Sachiko Kishida reports.

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