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  • Helicopter

    Citi has forecast a “gradual shift towards helicopter money” by advanced economies, as countries struggle to boost growth and inflation in uncertain geopolitical climes.

  • The most recent effort to boost the price of the commodity mainly used for vehicle tires came in February, with a promise from top producers Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia to cut exports by a total of 615,000 tonnes for six months from March. The main rubber contract in Japan lifted from 147.1 yen a kilogram on Feb. 10 to a closing high of 202.2 yen by April 21, a gain...

  • Spreadbetters forecast a slightly lower open for Britain's FTSE, Germany's DAX and France's CAC. South Korea's Kospi and Hong Kong's Hang Seng both shed 0.4 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan, which briefly climbed to its highest level since August 2015, clung to gains and was last up 0.1 percent.

  • Abenomics Reform

    Japan's workforce needs more female workers and more flexible immigration policies to encourage dynamism, says Standard Chartered's Eric Robertson.

  • TOKYO, July 28- The yen gained on Thursday on speculation that the Bank of Japan won't deliver radical stimulus this week, while the dollar took a step back after the U.S. The dollar skidded 0.5 percent to 104.92 yen, while the euro was 0.3 percent lower at 116.19 yen ahead of the BOJ's two-day policy meeting that begins on Thursday. "It seems the market is preparing for...

  • BOJ Decision

    The BOJ will not cut rates further, especially after the backlash from January negative rates policy move, says Standard Chartered's Eric Robertson.

  • Abe's promise of a hefty fiscal stimulus package has effectively forced the BOJ to come up with matching monetary ammunition on Friday.

  • TOKYO, July 28- Asian stocks edged up on Thursday after the Federal Reserve provided an positive assessment of the world's largest economy and lifted risk sentiment. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent after briefly climbing to its highest level since August 2015. Australian shares rose 0.4 percent and Shanghai...

  • TOKYO, July 28- Political pressure on the Bank of Japan to expand stimulus this week is intensifying with the economy minister calling on the bank to work with the government to boost growth, in the wake of premier Shinzo Abe's announcement of a bigger-than-expected fiscal spending package. "I think people at the BOJ will take into that account and make an...

  • Singapore's GIC said its portfolio return slowed in its latest five-year period, and that growth would continue to be low over the course of a decade.

  • TOKYO, July 28- Asian stocks edged up early on Thursday after the Federal Reserve provided an positive assessment of the world's largest economy and lifted risk sentiment. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 0.3 percent, climbing to its highest level since August 2015. Asia was unable to take a strong lead from Wall Street, where...

  • TOKYO, July 28- Flush with the stunning popularity of the Pokemon GO mobile game, Nintendo aims to make more from marketing popular characters such as Super Mario, taking a leaf from the Walt Disney playbook where Mickey Mouse and friends bring in billions of merchandising dollars each year. The success of Pokemon GO- created by Nintendo, Pokemon Company and...

  • Womenomics Japan PKG

    Japanese companies such as Pasona and Global Stage are trying to make a difference to the female workforce in Japan. CNBC's Akiko Fujita has more.

  • The U.S. dollar gained against the euro and the yen after the Federal Reserve left the federal funds rates unchanged on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, July 27- Signs of a larger than previously expected fiscal stimulus plan for Japan had the yen back on the defensive on Wednesday, as investors bet the Bank of Japan would match that with a new bout of money-printing aimed at weakening its currency. The latest volley was a report by the Wall Street Journal, again denied by the Ministry of Finance, that Japan...

  • *Europe shares rise, Deutsche Bank down on revenue fall. *Japan stimulus lifts Asia shares, drives yen lower. LONDON, July 27- Stocks rose in Europe and Asia on Wednesday while the yen sank against the dollar, after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government would present a $265 billion stimulus package to reflate the Japanese economy.

  • TOKYO, July 27- Japan's Itochu Corp became the target of short-seller Glaucus Research Group on Wednesday with a report criticising the trading company's accounting practices, sending its shares tumbling as much as 10 percent. The report highlighted Itochu's investments in a Colombian coal mining joint venture and China's CITIC Ltd, arguing that the...

  • Japan's Abe to announce $265B stimulus package

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government will announce the details of the plan next week.

  • TOKYO, July 27- Japan's prime minister unveiled a surprisingly large $265 billion stimulus package on Wednesday to reflate the world's third-largest economy, adding pressure on the central bank to match the measures with monetary stimulus later this week. The size of the package, at more than 28 trillion yen, exceeds initial estimates of around 20 trillion yen...

  • TOKYO, July 27- Japan's prime minister unveiled a surprisingly large $265 billion stimulus package on Wednesday to reflate the world's third-largest economy, adding pressure on the central bank to match the measures with monetary stimulus later this week. The size of the package, at more than 28 trillion yen, exceeds initial estimates of around 20 trillion yen...