×

Asia-Pacific News Japan

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Global stock markets were generally weaker Tuesday as investors stayed on the sidelines before the release of a raft of economic data later this week. KEEPING SCORE: Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.3 percent in early trading to 7,523.33 and France's CAC 40 was down 0.5 percent at 5,304.86. Germany's DAX was almost unchanged at 12,624.74.

  • TOKYO, May 30- Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is challenging Japan's old-boy network in the capital, where she thrashed a ruling party rival to win her post and now aims to lead reform-minded candidates to victory in a city-wide July election. A popular former TV announcer who speaks Arabic and English, Koike is the leader of a mega-metropolis with an economy bigger...

  • TOKYO, May 30- Japanese government bonds inched up on Tuesday, although activity was thin as investors awaited details of the Bank of Japan's regular bond-purchasing operations for June. "We expect no change to each tenor, simply because the yield curve hasn't changed much," said Naomi Muguruma, senior fixed-income strategist, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley...

  • TOKYO, May 30- British American Tobacco will expand sales of its "glo" tobacco-heating device to Tokyo and Osaka from July and roll it out nationwide by year-end, intensifying a battle with Philip Morris International for a share of Japan's vaping market. Japan has emerged as a popular testing ground, mainly for "heat not burn" tobacco devices, given e-cigarettes...

  • TOKYO, May 30- Japan's Nikkei share average inched down on Tuesday as the market felt the weight of a stronger yen, although a rise by index heavyweight SoftBank helped curb the losses. It had slipped to as low as 19,570.13 as the yen gained against the dollar due to fresh political uncertainty in Europe. SoftBank rose 2.8 percent following reports that British...

  • *U.S., UK markets were closed for holidays on Monday. TOKYO, May 30- The dollar firmed on Tuesday, taking back ground against the euro and sterling which were pressured by political uncertainties in the UK and eurozone. British Prime Minister Theresa May's lead over the opposition Labour Party dropped to 6 percentage points in a poll published on Tuesday, the latest...

  • Why Japan's wage growth remains subdued

    Takuji Okubo at Japan Macro Advisors says it will take time for wages to improve as Japan's economy recovers.

  • Finally, inflation in Japan?

    Signs that the labor market in Japan is finally tightening point to "some degree" of inflation ahead, says Callum Henderson, Eurasia Group.

  • **NEW YORK, United States- Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard speaks on the economy and monetary policy before the New York Association for Business Economics Luncheon Speaker Series 1700 GMT. VIENNA- Austrian National Bank Governor Ewald Nowotnty to speak on a panel about Marshall plan- 1600 GMT. VIENNA- ECB Governing Council member Erkki Liikanen...

  • **NEW YORK, United States- Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard speaks on the economy and monetary policy before the New York Association for Business Economics Luncheon Speaker Series 1700 GMT. VIENNA- Austrian National Bank Governor Ewald Nowotnty to speak on a panel about Marshall plan- 1600 GMT. VIENNA- ECB Governing Council member Erkki Liikanen...

  • Fintech start-up Moneytree is expanding to Australia, with a $12 million Series B funding

    Paul Chapman, co-founder of Moneytree, explains how the start-up helps individuals and businesses to aggregate their financial data in a single place.

  • Shoppers look at 'lucky bags' containing luxury watches displayed outside a store on January 1, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan.

    Japan reported a higher than expected gain in retail sales for April, but weaker than expected household spending and steady unemployment.

  • *Aims to capture No. 1 spot in vaping tobacco products in Japan. Global tobacco firms see Japan as a fertile test ground for vaping products since e-cigarettes using nicotine-laced liquid are not allowed under the country's pharmaceutical regulation. While the Marlboro maker's heat-not-burn "IQOS" tobacco device is already enjoying strong demand in Japan,...

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for the group photo at the G7 Taormina summit on the island of Sicily on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Italy.

    Better to keep a sharp focus on domestic economic policies than the noise of a grand tour of capitals and a leadership meeting of the world's top economies, Michael Ivanovitch writes.

  • A guestroom in Hoshinoya Kyoto.

    The Japanese term "omotenashi" may help account for growing interest in Japan's hospitality industry.

  • TOKYO, May 29- Asian stocks handed back earlier modest gains and drifted lower on Monday, running short of incentives to push past two-year highs with many key markets closed for holidays. The pound, meanwhile, nursed losses after a poll showed a shrinking lead for Prime Minister Theresa May's party in Britain's upcoming elections. MSCI's broadest index of...

  • *Investors shrug off North Korea's latest missile launch. TOKYO, May 29- The dollar edged higher against a basket of currencies on Monday, moving away from last week's 6-1/ 2- month lows and shrugging off news of North Korea's latest missile test as investor attention turned to the Federal Reserve's expected interest rate hike next month. San Francisco Federal...

  • TOKYO, May 29- Asian stocks edged up on Monday, taking cues from Wall Street shares hovering around record highs, while the pound nursed losses after a poll showed a shrinking lead for Prime Minister Theresa May's party in Britain's upcoming elections. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was a touch higher. Japan's Nikkei edged up 0.2...

  • Hoshino Resorts CEO on the hospitality sector in Japan

    Yoshiharu Hoshino, CEO of Hoshino Resorts, talks about how his resorts allow travelers to experience living in traditional Japanese inns.

  • *Investors shrug off North Korea's latest missile launch. TOKYO, May 29- The dollar was steady in early Asian trading on Monday, holding well above last week's 6-1/ 2- month lows and taking news of Pyongyang's latest missile test in stride. "The markets are used to news of North Korea's missile tests by now, and the dollar/yen is unlikely to move much unless there is...