News Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing through economic policies that have been coined Abenomics

Core inflation rose 1.3% in December- beating expectations- matched by rising factory output

TOKYO MARKET: Buoyant shares braced for a choppy ride

JAPANESE stocks may be mixed this week after climbing to a seven- month high. Sony and other favourites of global fund managers may gain on expectations that restructuring efforts will bolster profits. Banks may fall as corporate shareholders sell before fiscal year book-closing at the end of this month.

Japan GDP falls for fifth quarter

THE JAPANESE economy shrank by a record amount in 1998, with GDP falling for an unprecedented fifth quarter in a row at the tail end of the year.

Policy shift might yet save Japan

Although the Bank of Japan has rejected `monetisation', it now seems to have moved in this direction

Tokyo Market: Markets may be hamstrung by the banks

JAPANESE stocks may trade mixed this week. Exporters are likely to gain on signs that the Japanese government will tolerate a weaker yen. Banks may fall on concern that corporate shareholders will sell to raise cash before they close their books at the end of March.

Dollar hits a high against the yen

THE DOLLAR hit a 10-week high against the yen yesterday after the Japanese government changed course on exchange rate and interest rate policy.

Central banks are missing the point

In Japan, there is a more compelling case than in Europe for measures to stimulate demand

Japan springs surprise rate cut to 0.25%

THE BANK of Japan took action yesterday to try to boost the depressed economy, cutting its emergency and overnight lending rates for banks and providing extra funds to the money markets.

Tokyo Market: Hi-tech companies to lead gains

JAPANESE stocks may rise this week led by hi-tech shares, including Nikon and Advantest, if US computer and software companies post better- than-expected earnings.

Outlook: Why yen's revival should concern us

IT IS a touch ironic that the currency markets yesterday responded to calls from Keizo Obuchi, Japan's Prime Minister, for stability in exchange rates by delivering the biggest one-day rise in the dollar against the yen in five years. It was what the Bank of Japan wanted when it spent billions on intervention in an attempt to halt the painful rise in the yen since last summer. But is this really what is meant by stability? Hardly.

Japan buys dollars to curb yen

THE DOLLAR soared against the yen yesterday, recording its largest one-day gain in five years, after the Bank of Japan spent up to pounds 3bn in the foreign exchange markets.

Crisis fears as Japanese bonds dive

JAPANESE BONDS plunged yesterday, raising fears of a new financial crisis in the region, after the Ministry of Finance said it would stop buying government bonds in the new year.

Japan puts bank under state rule

JAPAN took another step yesterday towards cleaning up its banking industry by putting Nippon Credit Bank under state control, overriding objections from the bank's executives who insisted it was not insolvent.

It just gets curiouser and curiouser

WHAT a long, strange trip it's been. World equity markets fell between 20 per cent and 50 per cent during the course of this year, down from record highs, amid fears of a global credit crunch and a global recession. Since 15 October, markets have rebounded vigorously. The Dow Jones achieved a new record high on 23 November and ends this week almost 6 per cent away. The Korean market, which fell by 50 per cent between March and the summer, is now 3 per cent away from its all-time high. Elsewhere, the picture is less good, but the FT-SE is only 10 per cent off its July high. Other European markets have fared less well, closing the week about 15 per cent to 20 per cent off their highs, but comfortably above the October lows.

Are we repeating errors of 1987-88?

The central banks must now be wondering whether they were right to take any action to ease policy at all

IBJ bail-out sends Nikkei soaring

THE JAPANESE Nikkei stock index soared more than 400 points yesterday, after the Industrial Bank of Japan (IBJ) became the first bank to take part in the government's new bail-out scheme.
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