Boosted by better-than-expected U.S. employment data and the Fed's continued debate about scaling asset purchases back, the dollar-yen breached the key 100 handle and even touched 101. The Nikkei's Yukako Ono reports.
Thio Chin Loo, senior currency strategist at BNP Paribas and Steve Wang, research director at Reorient Financial Markets, discuss the yen following the USD/JPY break over the 100 level.
Ben Collett, Head of Asian Equities at Sunrise Brokers tells CNBC's Cash Flow why he thinks it's dangerous to play the Japanese markets purely on the back of yen movements.
A roundup of some of the most compelling conversations and noteworthy moments broadcast on CNBC.
Helped by rising stock prices and the weakening yen, Sony posted a net profit of 43 billion yen crawling back into the black for the first time in five years. The Nikkei's Yukako Ono has more.
Japan's benchmark stock index rose to its highest level in five years on Wednesday, taking its gains this year to just over 35 percent. Time to turn cautious? Perhaps not, say analysts.
Ed Rogers, CEO & CIO of Rogers Investment Advisors explains the four major factors that will propel the Nikkei to the 18,000-19,000 level.
Jesper Koll, MD & Head of Japanese Equity Research at JPMorgan Securities Japan explains how Abenomics has created positive wealth effects on the economy and boosted retail spending.
Minutes from the Bank of Japan's recent policy meeting showed there was broad consensus on the need for aggressive easing measures. The Nikkei's Yukako Ono has more.
David Sneddon, global head of technical analysis at Credit Suisse, says the Nikkei has reached an "area of resistance" and now is the time to buy.
The Bank of Japan is set to buy 70% of JGB's, preventing others from investing in them and moving to foreign assets. However, it appears that the weakening yen is a more encouraging factor for them to sell foreign assets. The Nikkei's Yukako Ono reports.
Mitsubishi Motors shares surged 20% after reporting net profit for the year came in nearly three times its previous forecast. The Nikkei's Sachiko Kishida reports.
Finance Minister Taro Aso gained the G20 members' understanding after explaining the bold easing measures by the Bank of Japan are aimed at ending the long lasting deflation of Japan and not at weakening the yen. The Nikkei's Kishida Sachiko has more.
Though the market in Tokyo tumbled, shares of ANA and JAL did not. The top two airline operators' shares took to the sky after reports the U.S. FAA could give the Boeing 787 flight approval as early as June. The Nikkei's Yukako Ono reports.
Following the Bank of Japan's unprecedented stimulus plan, BoJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said that the Japanese economy has bottomed out and is showing signs of improvement.
CNBC's Adam Bakhtiar looks at shares of Fast Retailing in the daily 'Stock in 60' segment, which swung heavily after releasing Q2 operating profits that missed expectations.
Will Oswald, Global Head of FICC Research at Standard Chartered is expecting some of the extra liquidity from BOJ's recent easing to flow into high yield emerging market debt. He says some of the institutional money will go into the Nikkei.
Tim Condon, Head of Research, Asia at ING Financial Markets says North Asia is facing stiff headwinds. He thinks developed market assets will be the trading theme for 2013 due to aggressive easing by the Fed and the BOJ.
Chris Weston, institutional dealer at IG Markets, tells CNBC the yen should weaken further and says the Nikkei should go higher, after the Bank of Japan's stimulus measures.
The Nikkei surged by up to 4.7 percent a day after the Bank of Japan (BOJ) gave investors what they were waiting for, and analysts say the current rally is gaining a momentum of its own and not simply riding on a weakening yen.