The Japanese spent more than they saved in the 12 months ended March 2014, the first time that's happened since the data set began in 1955.» Read More
Japan's radical plans to get the world's third largest economy back on track, which have created investor euphoria in recent months, seem to be losing momentum quickly.
Shares in surfwear company Billabong International plummeted as much as 58 percent on Tuesday after it said it had ended takeover talks with two potential suitors.
A Reserve Bank of Australia meeting should be one of the key highlights for Asian markets this week, with the central bank expected to hold its fire a month after cutting rates to a record low.
Japan's government is set to urge the nation's public pension funds to increase their investment in equities as part of a growth strategy being readied by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The BRIC economies, which have driven much of the global growth over the past decade, could be entering a middle-income trap, a shift which could have far reaching implications for the world.
Global growth engine China isn't the only economy in the world exhibiting signs of weakness, according to the latest purchasing managers index (PMI) readings published on Monday.
Japan's benchmark Nikkei stock index fell to its lowest level in almost six weeks on Monday, raising the specter of a second month of volatility for the world's major equity markets.
Australian equities have fallen almost 7 percent since mid-May, wiping out a sizable portion of the year's gains. But this winter could turn out to be 'wonderland' of opportunities to investors.
The dollar-yen, which has fallen almost 3 percent from a four and half year high in May and is barely hanging on to the 100 mark, is likely to hit 89 by the end of the year, according to one economist.
China's factory activity shrank for the first time in seven months in May, a private survey showed, adding to concerns that the world's second-largest economy is losing momentum.
Chinese currency and U.S. dollars are being used more widely than ever in North Korea instead of the country's own money, a testament as to how much Kim Jung-un has lost control over the economy.
Ms. Wang, considered to be the richest woman in Asia and a flamboyant figure, faced an obstacle: Foreigners were barred from holding stakes in Chinese financial institutions.
There has been a certain buzz around Japan since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised radical change. Whether that will last or fizzle out will depend on what long-term strategy Abe outlines this week.
India's No. 2 IT services firm Infosys grappling with disappointing results and loss of market share, has recalled founder and former chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy to act as executive chairman for five years.
China's official PMI rose to 50.8 in May from 50.6 in April, data showed on Saturday, beating market expectations and raising optimism for the world's second-largest economy.
South Korean millers suspended imports of U.S. wheat on Friday after the discovery of an unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat.
Apple hiked prices in Japan, becoming the latest brand to foreign firms asking Japanese consumers to pay more as a weakening yen squeezes income.
With so many super rich in Chinese-speaking countries, many have begun to speculate about a shift from the usual English or German to Mandarin.
Consumer prices in Tokyo rose for the first time since 2009 in May and televisions were the factors behind the surprise inflation.
Asia's infamous stock market laggard seems to have regained a little swagger in May. Even as most major global markets managed to shake off the "sell-in-May" syndrome, it's China that's taken the lead position in the gains.
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