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  • Tokyo's Nikkei 225 declined 0.5 percent to 20,485.56 and Seoul's Kospi lost 0.8 percent to 2,013.43. Australia's S&P ASX 200 retreated 0.5 percent to 5,673.30 and Taiwan, Singapore and Jakarta also declined. On Friday on Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 0.3 percent and the Standard& Poor's 500 index shed 0.2 percent while the Nasdaq composite...

  • TOKYO, Aug 3- Japanese government bond prices edged down on Monday on caution towards an upcoming 10- year debt auction, although gains by U.S. Treasuries and weakness in Tokyo stocks limited losses. Japan's finance ministry will offer 2.4 trillion yen of 10- year JGBs on Tuesday.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 3- An index of Asian shares outside Japan fell close to this year's lows thanks to a deepening selloff in commodities and concerns over slowing growth in China, while the dollar held its ground against a basket of currencies. "We believe the stock market panic in early July chilled economic activity, which is what the manufacturing PMIs picked up," ING...

  • Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange head arrested Saturday, 1 Aug 2015 | 3:13 AM ET

    The head of the failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox was arrested in Tokyo on Saturday on suspicion of inflating his cash account by $1 million.

  • E&Y Japan arm launches internal probe of Toshiba audit Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 11:36 PM ET

    TOKYO, Aug 1- The Japanese affiliate of Ernst& Young LLC has launched an in-house investigation into its audit of Toshiba Corp in the wake of the electronics maker's $1.2 billion accounting scandal, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Ernst& Young ShinNihon LLC has established a team of about 20 executives to investigate whether there were any problems...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 1:40 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases personal income and spending for June, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for July, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for June, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department...

  • *Dollar index on track for 1.2 percent gain in July. *Upbeat core inflation data bolsters euro. NEW YORK, July 31- The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Friday, ending a decent month on a sour note as a record-low rise in U.S. employment costs in the second quarter dialed back bets the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates later this year.

  • LONDON, July 31- The dollar fell by a third of a percent against the euro on Friday, the lack of decisive new direction from numbers on the U.S. economy prompting traders to take profit on its rise since Wednesday's statement by the Federal Reserve. Another 1 percent fall in Brent crude helped drive the Norwegian crown and Australian and Canadian dollars lower...

  • A document released Friday showed the committee of independent citizens voted in favor of indicting Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, who was chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Co. at the time of the crisis, along with then-vice presidents Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takekuro, 69.. The decision also blamed the three executives for the injuries suffered by 13 defense...

  • TOKYO— Judicial panel sends 3 former TEPCO executives to trial for alleged negligence in nuke crisis.

  • With almost 80 million people and annual output of some $400 billion, Iran could be the biggest economy to rejoin the global trading and financial system since Russia emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union more than two decades ago. Iran has already outlined plans to rebuild its main industries and trade relationships, saying last week it was targeting...

  • WikiLeaks also posted what it says is an NSA list of 35 Japanese targets for telephone intercepts including the Japanese Cabinet office, Bank of Japan officials, Finance and Trade Ministry numbers, the natural gas division at Mitsubishi and the petroleum division at Mitsui. Japanese Foreign Ministry press secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura said Japan and the...

  • LONDON, July 31- The dollar steadied near a one-week high against a basket of currencies on Friday and was on track for an almost 2 percent monthly rise, with the latest U.S. growth data supporting the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year. "Expectations of a September rate hike were probably marginally firmed up on the growth data but it...

  • Honda reported the first-quarter results under international accounting standards for the first time. Like other Japanese automakers, Honda has benefited from the cheaper yen, which boosts the value of repatriated earnings. Honda is still soaking up hefty quality-related costs as it continues to recall cars equipped with air bag parts made by top supplier...

  • *To sell TV plant, license Aquos brand to China's Hisense. TOKYO, July 31- Japan's Sharp Corp on Friday announced it was exiting the TV business in the Americas to shore up its finances, after booking a deeper-than-expected quarterly loss on weak smartphone display sales. The company, which sought a bank-led bailout in May, said it would sell its TV manufacturing...

  • JGBs mostly steady, superlong zone edges up Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 3:06 AM ET

    TOKYO, July 31- Japanese government bond prices were mostly steady on Friday, pulling ahead slightly at the longer end. The Bank of Japan offered to buy 375 billion yen of JGBs in the 1- year to 5- year zone, 425 billion yen of JGBs in the 3- year to 5- year zone, and 400 billion yen of JGBs in the 5- year to 10- year zone under its JGB purchase programme.

  • The Tokyo- based maker of the Accord sedan and Odyssey minivan has been the hardest hit among automakers from the costs related to a global recall of Takata Corp.' s air bags that can explode. Honda, which has a stake in Takata, relies heavily on the Tokyo- based air bag and seatbelt maker. Honda estimates its recalls related to Takata air bags worldwide at 24.5 million.

  • *Asia stocks set for July loss after worst China drop in 6 years. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, July 31- Asian shares inched higher on Friday but were still set to post a loss for July, led by China's biggest monthly drop in six years. Financial spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open 2 to 4 points higher, or up 0.06 percent, Germany's DAX to gain 2 to 3 points, or almost flat...

  • *Greenback seen supported after US GDP backs rate rise view. *Dollar index takes breather after setting 1- week high. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, July 31- The dollar backed off from a one-week high against a basket of currencies on Friday, but was still seen on firm footing after U.S.

  • *Tokyo core CPI marks first annual fall since April 2013. TOKYO, July 31- Japan's household spending unexpectedly fell and inflation stalled in June, heightening the chance the economy may have contracted in April-June and casting doubt on the central bank's view growth will rebound solidly in the current quarter. "If the BOJ were to ease this year, it will...