TOKYO - The Japanese government upgraded its assessment of the economy as emerging signs of an upturn in exports and factory output added to growing evidence that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's aggressive polices are beginning to reignite growth. Full Article
SEOUL - North Korea fired its fifth short-range missile in three days on Monday and condemned South Korea for criticizing what it said were its legitimate military drills. | Video
May 20 - The yen edges up against the dollar on comments from Japan’s economics minister, but RBC’s Adam Cole says policymakers would show little concern if the dollar rose to 105 or even 110 against the yen.
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