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Japanese app developer GungHo to launch game in China this year

TOKYO Japan's GungHo Online Entertainment Inc will launch its blockbuster "Puzzle & Dragons" smartphone game in China before the end of the year, as the app maker aims to grab more revenue abroad than from home.

BOJ should prepare markets for tapering: Harvard economist

TOKYO The Bank of Japan should start preparing financial markets for a withdrawal from its massive stimulus as the bank's inflation target is coming within reach, a Harvard economist known for his strong support for Abenomics said on Wednesday.


BOJ should taper, not boost, asset buying: ex-BOJ economist

TOKYO The Bank of Japan's next policy move should be to consider tapering its asset purchases rather than expanding monetary stimulus further, the bank's former top economist said, warning that the costs of boosting bond purchases outweigh the benefits.


Japan's pro-nuclear policy at odds with global trend: ISEP head

TOKYO The Japanese government's move to reinstate nuclear as an important power source under its energy policy is at odds with increasing global awareness that the age of nuclear power is "coming to an end", an advocate of renewable energy said.


Seven & I sees firm consumption ahead backed by rise in income

TOKYO Japanese consumer spending will resume a firm trajectory after a dip caused by a sales tax hike last month, supported by a rise in wages and bonus payments, the president of Seven & I Holdings Co said on Tuesday.


KKR seeks investment opportunities with Japan's state-backed funds

TOKYO KKR & Co LP may team up with a Japanese state-backed fund to find buyout targets for its $6 billion Asian fund, a year after the U.S. private equity firm and some rivals complained that state funds could impinge on their investment opportunities.


Japan policy adviser Itoh says second sales tax hike makes sense

TOKYO Japan's government should stick with its plan to raise the sales tax again to 10 percent next year as the economy has shown it is resilient enough to withstand the burden, a prominent member of the top government advisory panel said on Monday.


Japan vice economy minister sees economy on track; expects BOJ to act as needed

TOKYO Japan's economy is reacting as expected to a recent national tax increase and the central bank stands ready to respond to any downturn, a senior government official said on Monday, signaling no need for fresh stimulus now.

Consolidation necessary for Japan regional bank survival: ex-FSA Commissioner

TOKYO The former head of Japan's banking regulator said consolidation is necessary for regional banks to survive a climate of dwindling borrowers, as it will allow them to extend riskier and therefore more profitable forms of financing.

Factbox: Speakers at Reuters Japan Investment Summit

TOKYO The following is a list of speakers at the Reuters Japan Investment Summit, being held May 19-21:


MGM says Osaka casino possible in 2019, sees bill passing this year

TOKYO The western Japanese city of Osaka could have a casino resort up and running by 2019, in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, if a bill to legalize casinos is approved by parliament this year, executives of MGM Resorts International said on Saturday.


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