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PM Abe has vowed to take steps to help mobilise women power to end economic stagnation and engineer growth in a country beset by an ageing, shrinking population.
The closely-watched flash estimate of the HSBC China Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) fell to 48.3 in June, worse than the 49.2 reading in May when the index moved into contractionary phase for the first time in seven months.
The slump in the Indian rupee, which is hovering near lifetime lows, poses a threat to the recovery in Asia's third largest economy that is already on fragile footing.
Australia has been clouded with negative forecasts in recent weeks, but one report says the economy is set to bounce back.
Investor confidence in emerging markets continues to plummet, with a fund managers' survey by BofA Merrill Lynch showing that equity investment in the group has fallen to its lowest level since 2008.
Activity in China's vast manufacturing sector may have decelerated further in June, the flash HSBC China purchasing manager's index is expected to show on Thursday.
Global fish prices have leapt to all-time highs as China's growing appetite for high-end species runs up against lower catches. The Financial Times reports.
Asia will spearhead the rise in global stock markets from now until the end of the year, according to a worldwide Reuters poll.
Strong export numbers from Japan are a hopeful sign for the success of the country's economic policies but it's still early days to say that the country's export sector has turned a corner, analysts say.
Hong Kong's central bank said on Tuesday that its investigation into possible benchmark rate manipulation has been extended to include HSBC and a number of other banks.
As investors prepare for the Federal Reserve's slow exit from its extraordinary easing measures, emerging markets are taking perhaps the biggest hit.
Rising home prices in China make it difficult to loosen monetary policy in a bid to boost growth, say analysts.
Asia's emerging markets have been among the worst hit in the recent rout in global stocks, but Goldman Sachs advocates buying Seoul stocks now, on the basis that the market will fare well in a rising rate environment.
Japan's trade data is expected to show a rise in exports and a pick-up in domestic consumption that could offer Japan's radical economic policies a respite amid recent bad press.
This week, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui will meet North Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan in Beijing.
China's government has been buying shares in the country's four big banks, a move analysts expect to continue until jitters about high interbank lending rates and the economic outlook ease.
China remains one of Asia's worst-performing stock markets this year, but there are reasons to believe the prevailing downtrend for the long-time laggard may be coming to an end.
China's house prices rose at the fastest pace this year in May, though the pace of gains eased from the previous month, highlighting the dilemma facing the central bank.
Financial instability in China, stemming from its vast shadow banking sector, is a lurking threat for the world's second largest economy, says World Bank.
An Australian theme park, is one of the more unusual attempts by Australia to win a slice of the world's largest outbound tourism market.
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Deborah Elm, Executive Director at Asian Trade Centre, describes what's next on the global trade agenda after New Delhi refused to sign off on a trade-facilitation deal.
Erwin Sanft, Head of China & HK Equity Research at Standard Chartered, says credit supply data is crucial for Chinese equity markets. He expects a pick-up in money supply going forward.
Jesper Bargmann, Head of Trading Markets, Singapore at Nordea, says the participation rate in Friday's nonfarm payrolls report will be key.