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  • Bank of Japan Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged at 0.5% Friday, 27 Apr 2007 | 3:05 AM ET

    The Bank of Japan left its monetary policy unchanged at a board meeting on Friday, keeping the overnight call rate target at 0.5% as widely expected by financial markets. The decision by the nine-member board was unanimous.

  • Japan's trade surplus with the rest of the world grew 73.9% in March, a faster-than-expected increase largely led by strong auto and semiconductor exports, the government said Wednesday.

  • Toyota #1 & Mulally's Greenhouse Comment Tuesday, 24 Apr 2007 | 10:28 AM ET
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    The news out of Tokyo that Toyota eclipsed General Motors in 1Q sales is likely to elicit the usual round of "Detroit is dying" stories in the media. However, this news is not a surprise and does not mean Detroit is dead. Are the Big Three struggling to find their way domestically and globally? You bet.

  • Citigroup takeover target Nikko Cordial reported a 38% increase in quarterly net profit on Tuesday as a beneficial change in its tax status compensated for a decline in underlying earnings.

  • Japan Mulls Merger of Tokyo Bourse, Commodities Tuesday, 17 Apr 2007 | 8:34 PM ET

    Four members of Japan's top economic council on Tuesday suggested merging the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the country's commodities exchanges, a move aimed at boosting Tokyo's competitiveness as an investment hub.

  • Today's Trivia Bonus Bucks Questions Wednesday, 11 Apr 2007 | 11:16 AM ET

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  • Japan Machinery Orders Fall, Loan Growth Slows Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 9:41 PM ET

    Machinery orders at Japanese firms fell more than expected in February from the previous month, data showed on Wednesday, but did little to change the view that the strength in corporate investment remains firm.

  • Japan Machinery Orders Fall, Loan Growth Slows Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 9:37 PM ET

    Machinery orders at Japanese firms fell more than expected in February from the previous month, data showed on Wednesday, but did little to change the view that the strength in corporate investment remains firm.

  • Today's Bonus Bucks Questions Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 12:18 PM ET

    Hey folks, here are today's trivia questions for those extra investing bucks. the video is worth $2,000 Bonus Bucks: The Bank of Japan left interest rates unchanged today. What is the current rate? And the news is worth $1,000 Bonus Bucks: Citigroup is purchasing hedge fund Old Lane Capital for how much?

  • Bank of Japan Holds Interest Rates Steady at 0.50% Tuesday, 10 Apr 2007 | 12:24 AM ET

    Bank of Japan left monetary policy unchanged as widely expected on Tuesday, keeping the overnight call rate target at 0.50% for two months in a row after its rate hike in February.

  • Pentax to Call Off Hoya Share-Swap Plan Monday, 9 Apr 2007 | 10:21 PM ET

    Pentax is expected to scrap a planned share-swap merger with Hoya at a board meeting onTuesday, a senior company official said, raising speculation that Hoya may suspend its plan to make a tender offer for the camera and medical equipment maker.

  • Pentax Stock Jumps, Board Split on Hoya Merger Monday, 9 Apr 2007 | 2:34 AM ET

    Shares of Pentax jumped 7% after Hoya said it would make a tender offer for the Japanesecamera and medical equipment maker, but it remains unclear whether the bid will succeed with Pentax's board split and its president set to resign.

  • BOJ Starts Two-Day Policy Meeting, Focus on Report Sunday, 8 Apr 2007 | 11:07 PM ET

    The Bank of Japan starts a two-day monetary policy meeting on Monday, with board members seen putting their heads together to prepare for an economic outlook report due later this month.

  • Rod Smyth, chief investment strategist for Wachovia Securities, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that some overseas stocks offer greater growth prospects than their U.S. counterparts.“I think the most important thing that investors have to get their mind around is simply this: Is there going to be a recession in the next couple of years?” Smyth said Thursday. “We know the economy is slowing down. History tells us mid-cycle slowdowns are very good for stocks and that recessions are bad for stocks. If you can get your mind around the fact that we’re in a mid-cycle slowdown then you want to put money to work.”

  • Japanese companies are slightly less optimistic about business conditions than they were three months ago, the Bank of Japan's March tankan survey showed on Monday.

  • HSBC Holdings is set to launch retail banking operations in Japan early next year and plans to open as many as 50 branches within four years, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

  • Japanese Consumer Prices Dip in February Thursday, 29 Mar 2007 | 9:55 PM ET

    Japanese nationwide core consumer prices edged down as expected in February from a year ago, the first fall in 10 months, reinforcing the view that a lack of inflation will keep the pace of the BOJ's credit tightening slow.

  • Tokyo Bourse Names New President Tuesday, 27 Mar 2007 | 1:35 AM ET

    The Tokyo Stock Exchange said on Tuesday that Atsushi Saito, former president of the Industrial Revitalization Corp. of Japan, the state-backed corporate turnaround body, will be its next president.

  • GE Plans to Buy Sanyo Credit for $1.1 Billion Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 1:55 PM ET

    General Electric said on Friday it would launch a $1.14 billion tender offer for Sanyo Electric Credit, a Japanese leasing company whose main shareholder is Goldman Sachs Group.

  • Mazda's Business Plan Aims for 27% Profit Growth Friday, 23 Mar 2007 | 12:46 AM ET

    Mazda Motor gained on Friday after the Japanese automaker unveiled a new business plan aimed at boosting its operating profit by more than 27% in four years through further product-led growth and accelerated cost cuts.