Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent a ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine, in a move likely to further strain ties with China and South Korea.
Exports rose a mere 1.8% in March on-year, raising concerns that external demand remains weak even as the economy braces for the impact of a sales tax hike.
A preliminary reading of Chinese factory activity and Japanese economic data are expected to set the tone for trading in Asia this week.
A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane with 166 people on board landed safely at Kuala Lumpur airport early on Monday.
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James Chao, Director, Asia Pacific at IHS Automotive Consulting, discusses how recent car recalls may be fueling concerns about the quality of vehicles made in China.
Frank Lavin, CEO at Export Now, discusses the outstanding issues of agriculture and auto subsidies between Japan and the U.S. in the negotiation of the Trans-pacific Partnership (TPP).
Hans Goetti, Head of Investment Asia at Banque Internationale a Luxembourg, expects U.S. firms to see surprise upsides in earnings due to low expectations and this could consequently lead markets higher.