Stock benchmarks also fell in Southeast Asia, India and New Zealand. Markets are closed in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea for Lunar New Year holidays. Hong Kong and Korea reopen on Thursday and China and Taiwan resume trading on Monday.» Read 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.
James Ashley, Senior Economist at RBC Capital Markets says the Bank of Japan is pulling out all the stops to achieve the 2% inflation target. He shares his analysis on the BoJ's latest policy announcements.
Steen Jakobsen, chief economist & CIO at Saxo Bank, tells CNBC why he likes the Nikkei better than many European markets.
Japan's central bank will hold its first 2-day policy board meeting under the new leadership tomorrow, and new chief Haruhiko Kuroda has reaffirmed all options are still on the table to meet the 2% inflation target. The Nikkei's Sachiko Kishida reports.
Steve Brice, Chief Investment Strategist at Standard Chartered Wealth Management Group, explains why it will be difficult to get Japanese corporations to invest overseas.
The bumper run in Japanese equities is just getting started, according to investment strategists, who expect larger gains ahead.
Asian equities could deliver gains of 20 percent by the end of the year, according to HSBC.
Daryl Guppy, CEO at Guppytraders.com says investors should watch for initial consolidation in the yen and the Nikkei. He then expects the yen to reach parity and the Nikkei to hit 13,500.
The Japanese government said today that a research team has successfully extracted natural gas from methane hydrate, or "burnable ice". The resource poor country looks to take advantage of this discovery. The Nikkei's Sachiko Kishida has more.
Optimism over Prime Minister Abe's radical economic policies combined with a rapidly weakening yen pushed the Nikkei past the 12,000 mark for the first time in 4 1/2 years. The Nikkei's Yukako Ono reports.