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Toyko Big Bang a damp squib

JAPAN'S keenly anticipated programme of financial deregulation, the so-called "Big Bang", began with a feeble fizz yesterday, with share prices falling amid continuing economic sluggishness.

Budget boost for Nikkei

JAPAN'S ruling Liberal Democratic Party yesterday announced a long-awaited economic stimulus package amounting to 16 trillion yen (pounds 75bn).

International Markets: Tokyo-Government boosts Nikkei

JAPANESE stocks are likely to rise and bonds are expected to fall this week, on signs that Japan's government will shovel money into the economy and the stock market itself to help send the Nikkei index above 18,000 by the end of March.

International Markets Tokyo: Nikkei's see-saw set to continue

Japanese stocks are expected to have a rocky ride next week, while bonds are likely to hold steady as investors wait to see if the government will use public funds to support the financial sector and boost the economy.

Japanese stocks rally despite collapse of country's tenth biggest bank

During a remarkable day in Tokyo yesterday, the stock exchange scored one of its biggest ever gains, just hours after seemingly catastrophic news: the long-awaited collapse of the country's tenth biggest bank. Richard Lloyd Parry reports from Tokyo.

London operations could suffer as plunging Nikkei threatens Japanese institutions

Japan's deepening financial crisis looks set to spread to London as Yamaichi, the country's fourth largest securities house, prepares to close its overseas operations, with the loss of 2,500 jobs. John Willcock reports on fears that a triple weakening of Japanese stocks, bonds and currency this week could trigger a crisis in its overstretched banking system.

Time to take sides

I could make a hobby of collecting jokes about economists. You know the sort. Put four economists together in a room and you will come to five opinions. If all the economists in the world were laid end to end they still wouldn't reach a conclusion. What do you call five hundred economists at the bottom of the ocean? A start. Well, it rather looks as though the economic debate is polarising. And the two sides are inflation and deflation.

Dive in Nikkei leaves Japanese banks in crisis

The crisis threatening Japan's banking system deepened yesterday, with experts predicting the country's government might have to mount a rescue. And as one big American bank reported huge trading losses due to the recent financial market turmoil, Alan Greenspan said the US should be ready to help bail out Asia. Diane Coyle, Economics Editor, reports.

Outlook: Nikko caught up in gangster rap

It was only a matter of time before Nikko was fingered in the escalating financial corruption scandal in Tokyo. It was hardly likely that if Nomura, Yamaichi and Daiwa were bribing extortionists not to smash up their annual meetings Nikko would be any different.

Money talks, but too often it's gibberish

Chrissie Maher, founder of the Plain English Campaign, gives a personal view on the problems of financial product literature

24-hour punt for pin-stripes

City bookmaker IG Index will become Britain's first round-the- clock betting shop when it opens 24 hours a day this Tuesday.

Finance minister warns Nomura of 'severe measures'

Nomura, the world's largest stockbroking house, was yesterday warned by Hiroshi Mitsuzuka, Japan's finance minister, that he would "take severe measures" against the company if investigations into suspected unauthorised trading were confirmed.
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