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  • *Bank of Japan to invest $2.5 bln a year in exchange-traded funds. *BOJ already owns about half of Japan's ETF market. TOKYO, Jan 4- Japan's central bank, which dominates the domestic bond market, has begun to call the shots in the equity market as well-- to the point where asset managers are looking to design investment funds with the Bank of Japan in mind.

  • YANGON, Dec 20- Drinkers buying a beer at Yangon's roadside bar shacks used to face a limited choice: more likely than not, they would order a mug of Myanmar Beer, sometimes with a shot of coarse whisky to give the light local brew an extra kick. Just months after opening, Heineken is doing so well it plans to double capacity at its Yangon facility to 50 million litres...

  • TOKYO, Oct 29- New smartphone subscriptions for SoftBank Group Corp plunged 35 percent at its own stores in Japan's most populous region in the last business year, according to internal data that paints a far gloomier picture than its published financial results. Since losing an exclusive deal in Japan to sell Apple Inc's iPhone four years ago, SoftBank has seen...

  • Visitors look at an electric stock board at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, operated by Japan Exchange Group, in Tokyo, Japan.

    Asian stocks traded mixed on Tuesday, with energy shares taking a hit as signs of weakness in China rekindled declines in oil prices.

  • Nikkei edges up as telecoms gain in cautious trade Tuesday, 20 Oct 2015 | 2:14 AM ET

    Japanese telecoms added significantly to the index after reports from Deutsche Bank and Barclays highlighted the sector's rebound potential following the first meeting of a government task force on rate and service reforms, held Monday. KDDI led the sector with a gain of 4.9 percent after Deutsche Bank upgraded its stock's rating to' buy' from' hold,' calling it...

  • *KDDI contributes hefty positive points to Nikkei after upgrade. KDDI Corp soared 5.8 percent and contributed a hefty positive 36 points to the Nikkei benchmark after Deutsche Securities hiked its rating to' buy' from' hold', saying that the stock is oversold after dropping 20 percent from its August peak. Interest in KDDI appeared to spillover to rival NTT Docomo...

  • China shares end up nearly 5% after late-day spike Wednesday, 16 Sep 2015 | 6:33 AM ET
    An investor looks on at a stock exchange hall in Shanghai, China.

    Asian shares advanced on Wednesday, with markets in China spiking in the final minutes of trade to clinch their best single-day gain since August 27.

  • Shanghai shares nosedive 3.6% on growth worries Tuesday, 15 Sep 2015 | 5:16 AM ET
    Investors observe stock market at a stock exchange hall in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China.

    Chinese shares took another tumble on Tuesday amid persisting worries about the health of the world's second-biggest economy.

  • A pedestrian holding an umbrella stands in front of an electronic stock board displaying the Nikkei 225 Stock Average outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan.

    Asian stocks put up a mixed performance on Monday, as traders digest a slew of Chinese data and tread cautiously ahead of the Fed's meeting.

  • Softbank Group Corp. shares fell 5.5 percent while competitor KDDI Corp. fell 8.6 percent and NTT Docomo tumbled 9.8 percent. Market players said investors remained cautious ahead of Bank of Japan and U.S. Federal Reserve policy meetings this week. "Until we have some visibility on the rate environment expect the malaise in equity markets to continue," said...

  • Softbank Group Corp. shares fell 6.2 percent in afternoon trading while competitor KDDI Corp. fell 8 percent and NTT Docomo tumbled 9.2 percent. Market players said investors remained cautious ahead of Bank of Japan and U.S. Federal Reserve policy meetings this week. "Until we have some visibility on the rate environment expect the malaise in equity markets...

  • Investors were also wary ahead of key events this week, including the Bank of Japan and U.S. Federal Reserve policy setting meetings. SoftBank Group Corp fell more than 5 percent, NTT Docomo Inc dived 8.1 percent and KDDI Corp slumped 6.4 percent. Oil stocks underperformed as crude prices fell after Goldman Sachs cited oversupply and concerns over China's...

  • TOKYO, Sept 4- Japanese stocks fell in choppy trade on Friday morning after a bounce in the yen against the euro and dollar hurt exporters and other index-heavyweights. On Thursday, the European Central Bank had set the tone for foreign exchange majors by affirming its readiness to provide the euro zone with another dose of stimulus.. The rise in the Japanese...

  • SoftBank plans $1B buyback, Sprint confidence renewed Thursday, 6 Aug 2015 | 8:17 PM ET

    SoftBank announced a near $1 billion share buyback and a higher quarterly profit as loss-making Sprint fared better than expected.

  • Why this Japan earnings season is important Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | 11:20 PM ET

    Investors are paying close attention to this reporting season which will give insights into how profitability is holding up following the tax hike.

  • Week ahead in Asia: Japan data, earnings Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | 6:59 PM ET

    Japan will be the market to watch this week on the back of key data and as earnings season in the world's third-largest economy kicks into full gear.

  • Comcast partners with Asian carriers, eyes mobile Monday, 12 May 2014 | 11:55 AM ET
    A Comcast truck is seen parked at one of their centers in Pompano Beach, Florida.

    Comcast is giving two Asian mobile firms access to its WiFi hot spots in the US, illustrating its ambitions to compete with US wireless carriers.

  • Asian equity markets cheered another record close on Wall Street overnight, led by fresh six-year highs on Japan's benchmark index.

  • China's benchmark Shanghai Composite closed at its lowest levels since August 23 on Friday due to concerns of tight liquidity.

  • Japanese stocks snapped their three-day losing streak on Friday as the yen resumed its decline.