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  • FRIDAY, JULY 29 CAMBRIDGE- Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams participates in a policy dialogue on "What's Left in the Fed's Tool Kit?" before the 2016 Pacific Pension and Investment Institute Summer Roundtable- 1330 GMT. FRANKFURT- European Central Bank to announce results of the 2016 bank stress tests.

  • FRANKFURT, July 22- Central banks from Washington to Tokyo take center stage next week, although policymakers are likely to remain cautious as they wait for the dust to settle from Britain's shock vote to leave the EU. As they wait for political reassurances and greater clarity over the likely impact of the move, central banks have mostly avoided action since...

  • *BOJ to only trim FY2017 CPI f'cast to around 1.5 pct- sources. TOKYO, July 22- The Bank of Japan will likely cut next fiscal year's inflation forecast only slightly and largely maintain its upbeat view for 2018 at a policy review next week, sources said, an outlook which could allow it to argue there is no need for imminent monetary easing. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has...

  • TOKYO— Aware of the reports of "Pokemon Go"- related mishaps elsewhere, Japan's government-run National Center of Incident Readiness and Strategy for Cybersecurity has issued a flier with these nine public safety tips to keep overly enthusiastic players from getting into trouble. The smartphone game was released in Japan on Friday:. The government says when...

  • TOKYO, July 22- Japan's use of nuclear power is unlikely to meet a government target of returning to near pre-Fukushima levels and the world's No.3 economy needs to get serious about boosting renewables, a senior executive at a top business lobby said. Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's energy policies, nuclear is supposed to supply a fifth of energy generation...

  • *BOJ to only trim FY2017 CPI f'cast to around 1.5 pct- sources. TOKYO, July 22- The Bank of Japan will likely cut next fiscal year's inflation forecast only slightly and largely maintain its upbeat view for 2018 at a policy review next week, sources said, an outlook which could allow it to argue there is no need for imminent monetary easing. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has...

  • TOKYO, July 22- Benchmark Japanese government bonds eased on Friday but moves were limited as investors waited to see if the Bank of Japan will offer more stimulus at a policy review late next week. Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda's remarks in a BBC Radio 4 interview quashed expectations that Japan might be preparing to take radical "helicopter money"...

  • *Shares in Nintendo, launch partner McDonald's Japan climb. TOKYO, July 22- Eager Japanese rushed to their phones on Friday to start hunting as Pokemon GO, the hit Nintendo-backed smartphone game, finally launched in Japan, home of the colourful cartoon characters. Japan, however, had been made to wait, as Niantic, the developers behind the game, and Nintendo sought to...

  • Its hybrid DNA flows from a digital mapping pioneer's fascination with the world around him, Google's affinity for offbeat ideas, Nintendo's comeback quest and a 20- year-old menagerie of animated monsters so popular that it spawned a company just to be its talent agency. In a mischievous 2014 post, Google announced a new training tool, created in conjunction...

  • BEIJING/ TOKYO, July 22- General Motors Co and Isuzu Motor Co have agreed to cease collaboration on the development of midsize pick-up trucks made in Asia, ending a joint product development relationship that dates back to the mid-2000s. Isuzu, which specialises in light trucks and commercial vehicles, had developed its D-Max pick-up truck under the agreement...

  • TOKYO— The Japan launch of "Pokemon Go" on Friday included the game's first partnership with an outside company: fast-food giant McDonald's. About 400 McDonald's Japan outlets are "gyms," where players can battle on their smartphones. Serkan Toto, a Tokyo- based games industry consultant, explained earlier this week why this partnership between the Pokemon Co.,...

  • TOKYO— The wait is over for "Pokemon Go" fans in Japan. "Pokemon Go" is expected to be a huge hit in Japan, the country of the character's birth. "To everyone in Japan: I am sorry to make you wait for so long," said Jyunichi Masuda, the head of development at Game Freak Inc., the developer of the original Pokemon game.

  • TOKYO, July 22- Few doubt Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to invest public funds in a $90 billion dollar high-tech "maglev" railway makes political sense. Proponents say lending government money to Central Japan Railway Company to speed up the launch of a service linking Tokyo and Osaka with a high-speed, magnetically levitated train will spark...

  • *Shares in Nintendo, launch partner McDonald's Japan climb. TOKYO, July 22- Eager Japanese rushed to their phones on Friday to start hunting as the Pokemon GO mobile game finally launched in Japan, bringing the record-setting global hit to the home of the Pokemon characters. After several days of rumours that the launch was imminent, Japan- one of the world's...

  • TOKYO, July 22- Nintendo Co Ltd's Pokemon GO mobile game has launched in Japan, bringing the record-setting global hit to the home of the Pokemon characters. Japan, one of the world's biggest gaming markets, joins the United States, Canada, Australia and more than 30 countries in Europe to have the "augmented-reality" game, in which players interact with virtual...

  • TOKYO— The wait is over for "Pokemon Go" fans in Japan. "To everyone in Japan: I am sorry to make you wait for so long," said Jyunichi Masuda, the head of development at Game Freak Inc., the developer of the original Pokemon game. The launch in Japan includes a tie-up with McDonald's Japan that is seen as a potential expansion of the game's revenue base beyond the sale of...

  • *Weak results from Intel and transport companies weigh on Wall St. TOKYO, July 22- Asian stocks dipped early on Friday after weak corporate results halted Wall Street's record run overnight, while the yen held to large gains made after the Bank of Japan's governor downplayed the need for "helicopter money" monetary policies. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific...

  • FRIDAY, JULY 22 BEIJING- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will hold a roundtable with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo, International Labor Organization Director-General Guy Ryde, Organization for Economic Cooperation and...

  • FRIDAY, JULY 22 BEIJING- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will hold a roundtable with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo, International Labor Organization Director-General Guy Ryde, Organization for Economic Cooperation and...

  • TOKYO, July 22- Few doubt Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to invest public funds in a $90 billion dollar high-tech "maglev" railway makes political sense. Proponents say lending government money to Central Japan Railway Company to speed up the launch of a service linking Tokyo and Osaka with a high-speed, magnetically levitated train will spark...