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  • TOKYO, April 16- Japanese stocks slipped to more than a one-week low on Thursday morning as investors cut back on some recent outperformers including food companies and drugmakers, while Sharp Corp surged on restructuring hopes. Rising oil prices lifted oil and mining stocks, with Inpex Corp soaring 3.6 percent, Japan Petroleum Exploration gaining 2.1...

  • Asian shares mixed in choppy trade after China GDP Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 3:10 AM ET

    Asian stocks saw choppy trade on Wednesday following China's first-quarter gross domestic product.

  • FUKUI, Japan, April 14- A Japanese court will rule on Tuesday whether to block the restart of nuclear reactors in western Japan on safety grounds, in a case that could complicate Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to return to atomic energy after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. A three-judge panel is to rule on the injunction request against Kansai Electric's...

  • TOKYO, April 14- A Japanese court will rule later on Tuesday on an injunction request against reactors owned by Kansai Electric Power, in a case that could derail Japan's slow return to nuclear power after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. A panel of judges is due to rule on the injunction request against Kansai Electric's Takahama reactors west of Tokyo at 0500 GMT.

  • Is Sharp running out of options? Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 6:42 PM ET
    Advertisements of Japanese electronics giant Sharp are displayed at an electric shop in Tokyo.

    News that Sharp may be moving to spin off its LCD panel-making unit has buoyed appetite for its stock, but analysts remain unsure about the outlook for the troubled consumer electronics giant.

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    Asian stocks outside Japan rose on Monday as investors believed that an unexpectedly weak nonfarm payrolls report will delay interest rate hikes in the U.S.

  • TOKYO, April 6- Tokyo shares fell on Monday as weak U.S. jobs data soured risk appetite, but Sharp Corp jumped after a source said it may spin off its LCD panel business and seek financing from a government-backed fund. The Nikkei 225 index ended 0.2 percent lower at 19,397.98 points. Sharp jumped 6.1 percent after a source said it may spin off its LCD panel business...

  • *Toshiba tumbles after saying it will appoint committee to investigate earnings. *Tomony Holdings jumps after saying it considers buying MUFG affiliate. TOKYO, April 6- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday as weak U.S. jobs data soured sentiment, but Sharp Corp jumped after a source said it may spin off its LCD panel business and seek financing from a...

  • Asian stocks advanced amid choppy trade on Friday as traders looked ahead to the release of the closely-watched U.S. jobs report.

  • TOKYO, March 26- Japanese electronics supplier Panasonic Corp said it was ready to spend 1 trillion yen on acquisitions over the next four years, emboldened by a stronger profit outlook for its automotive and housing technology businesses. Chief Executive Kazuhiro Tsuga said at a briefing on Thursday that Panasonic doesn't have specific acquisition...

  • Nikkei, Shanghai Comp end at new highs Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 4:28 AM ET

    Equity markets in Tokyo and Shanghai outperformed the region to scale fresh multi-year highs on Monday, drawing strength from a strong finish on Wall Street last week.

  • *Eisai jumps 20 pct on Barclays' rating hike citing Alzheimer's drug hope. TOKYO, March 23- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a fresh 15- year high on Monday, tracking gains in U.S. shares, while Eisai Co jumped over 20 percent after a brokerage upgraded the stock, citing the effectiveness of its drug to treat Alzheimer's disease. Eisai soared to a record high of...

  • TAIPEI/ TOKYO, March 20- Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co is considering joining efforts to help rescue Japanese electronics maker Sharp Corp, the company said in a statement late on Friday. The world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, Hon Hai bought a 38 percent stake in a Sharp Corp TV panel plant in Sakai, Japan in 2012. It has been investing in...

  • TOKYO, March 20- Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co plans to offer financial support to Japan's struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp, the Toyo Keizai business magazine said on Friday. Sharp, which has warned of its third annual loss in four years, has been negotiating terms of a rescue plan with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, part of Mitsubishi UFJ...

  • *Restructuring costs to total over 200 bln yen- source. TOKYO, March 19- Japan's loss-making Sharp Corp intends to cut 12 percent of its workforce in a global restructuring expected to cost more than $1.7 billion, a person familiar with the plan said on Thursday. The job cuts will total around 6,000, half of which would come in Japan through early retirement while...

  • Asian stocks rise, but Nikkei lags on strong yen Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:45 AM ET
    Chinese stock investors gather at a securities firm in Fuyang, in China's Anhui province on January 7, 2015.

    Asian equities outside Japan traded higher on Thursday as investors welcomed a dovish statement from the Federal Reserve.

  • Sharp to cut 6,000 jobs, spend $1.7B to restructure Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:05 AM ET

    Japan's loss-making electronics firm Sharp plans to cut around 6,000 jobs, in a global restructuring that will cost over 200 billion yen.

  • March 18- Sharp Corp is cutting more than 10 percent of its Japanese workforce starting in April, according to a Nikkei report. The embattled electronics manufacturer will slash about 3,000 jobs through voluntary retirements and expects to book about 30 billion yen in retirement-related expenses for 2015, the business daily said. The company could also cut...

  • Shanghai shares hit 5-year highs on stimulus hopes Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    Chinese shares led gains in Asia on Monday, touching a five-year high on rising stimulus bets.

  • TOKYO, March 10- Sharp Corp is not considering merging its troubled display business with rival Japan Display Inc, an executive said on Tuesday, adding that the unit was had a technological advantage over its competitors. He was responding to speculation that loss-making Sharp could merge its display business with Japan Display. Sharp is compiling a new...