Japan Headlines

Fri, Oct 31 2014

Takata must rev up air bag replacement effort: U.S. safety officials

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DETROIT - U.S. auto safety officials on Friday told Japan's Takata Corp to work harder to meet demand for replacement parts for air bags that could prove defective in millions of U.S. cars.

Dow, S&P 500 end at record highs; BoJ move adds fuel to rally

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NEW YORK - The Dow and S&P 500 ended at record highs on Friday and other indexes posted strong gains for a second week after the Bank of Japan's surprise move to ramp up its stimulus program. | Video

31 Oct 2014

Shares jump, yen slumps as BoJ ramps up stimulus

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NEW YORK - Global equity markets surged more than 1 percent and the yen fell to a nearly seven-year low against the dollar on Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised financial markets by ramping up its massive economic stimulus program. | Video

31 Oct 2014

Leaner Sony gains smartphone lift despite its own mobile malaise

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TOKYO - Sony Corp posted a smaller than expected second-quarter operating loss on Friday, hailed by its finance chief as proof that the Japanese group's restructuring program is paying off.

Tech, Japan, Media 31 Oct 2014

Japan's central bank shocks markets with more easing as inflation slows

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TOKYO - The Bank of Japan shocked global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive stimulus spending in a stark admission that economic growth and inflation have not picked up as much as expected after a sales tax hike in April.

31 Oct 2014

BOJ cuts GDP forecast and trims price outlook

TOKYO - The Bank of Japan cut in half its economic forecast for the current fiscal year on Friday after demand weakened in the wake of a sales tax hike in April.

31 Oct 2014

Highlights: BOJ Governor Kuroda comments at news conference

- The Bank of Japan surprised global financial markets on Friday by expanding its massive monetary easing as economic growth and inflation have not picked up as expected after a sales tax hike in April.

31 Oct 2014

JAL worried about potential impact of Ebola on travel market

TOKYO - Japan Airlines Co Ltd CEO Yoshiharu Ueki on Friday expressed worry about the potential impact of the Ebola outbreak on the travel market.

Health, Japan 31 Oct 2014

Thu, Oct 30 2014

Japan to approve GPIF boosting domestic stocks to 25 pct -sources

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TOKYO - Japan's government will approve new allocation targets for the world's biggest pension fund on Friday, aiming to raise its holding of Japanese shares to 25 percent of its portfolio from the current 12 percent, two government sources said.

Deals, Japan 30 Oct 2014

Japan's SoftBank sets sights on America Movil assets: WSJ

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- Japanese telecom and media group SoftBank Corp has set its sights on the wireless assets put up for sale by America Movil , the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Deals, Japan 30 Oct 2014
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Key retirements mean a changing of the guard next year in U.S. Congress

Regardless what voters decide in the November elections, there will be a major changing of the guard next year in the U.S. Congress as result of a number of key retirements.