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    Shares of Sony jumped to a five-year high on Thursday after the electronics maker forecast a six-fold jump in annual profit on sales of LCD TVs and expectations for smaller losses in its game division.

  • Japan's economy lost a little steam in the January-March period on a downturn in capital expenditure, reaffirming the market view that the Bank of Japan will hold off on raising rates at least for the next few months.

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    Sony reported a wider quarterly loss on Wednesday due to losses in its game unit, but it forecast a sharp rise in profit this year as it boosts sales of its PlayStation 3 video game machine and LCD TVs.

  • Japanese machinery orders fell unexpectedly in March, rekindling concerns that companies' capital spending may be losing steam.  Core private-sector machinery orders, fell 4.5% in March from the previous month, government data showed on Tuesday.

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    The world's largest wigmaker, Aderans, is in Japan. But now the rug is being pulled out from under the domestic toupee market, as more Japanese men reportedly "bare all" up top. Aderans is so afraid of a hostile takeover it's seeking a sort of "poison pill" defense, an effort being fought by its largest shareholder, American investment fund Steel Partners. Steel Partners says the plan isn't good for growth, and a hairy shareholder vote is looming.

  • Japanese wholesale prices grew more than expected in April from a year earlier on a recent pick-up in oil prices, with markets viewing the data as keeping the Bank of Japan on track for a rate increase later this year.

  • Japan's Financial Services Agency said on Tuesday it will begin monitoring hedge funds operating in Japan, seeking to ward off potential turmoil in financial markets.

  • Theodore Bigman, a portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley, told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that Asia’s real estate market is strong and rising.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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 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.

  • 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.