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BOJ set to keep upbeat price view even as inflation slows

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TOKYO - The Bank of Japan is set to maintain its massive asset buying programme on Friday and keep its upbeat forecast that inflation will hit its 2 percent target next year, suggesting no further stimulus is on the horizon.

Business, Japan 4:05am GMT

Denso H1 op profit falls 16 pct as R&D costs offset higher sales

TOKYO, Oct 31 - Japan's Denso Corp, the world's second-biggest auto parts maker, posted a 16 percent decline in six-month operating profit on Friday, as development costs and investment outweighed a rise in revenue.

3:38am GMT

Japanese life insurers see further, slower shift to foreign bonds

TOKYO - Japanese life insurers are looking to buy more foreign bonds in the six months to March as yields on domestic bonds have fallen to uneconomical levels due to the Bank of Japan's massive purchases as part of its monetary easing program.

3:33am GMT

POLL-Japan fund managers slightly raise global stock weighting

* Global stock weighting upped amid pick up in equity markets

3:30am GMT

Asia shares rise on brightening U.S. prospects, BOJ awaited

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TOKYO - Asian shares ticked higher on Friday as investors cheered upbeat U.S. growth data, while the dollar held near four-week highs against the yen as markets awaited the outcome of the Bank of Japan's monetary policy meeting.

Business, FXpert, Japan 3:14am GMT

Asia shares rise on brightening U.S. prospects, BOJ awaited

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TOKYO - Asian shares ticked higher on Friday as investors cheered upbeat U.S. growth data, while the dollar held near four-week highs against the yen as markets awaited the outcome of the Bank of Japan's monetary policy meeting.

3:12am GMT

JGBs steady as Nikkei rises, expected GPIF move taken in stride

TOKYO, Oct 31 - Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Friday, with the recent slow but steady advance halted by sizeable gains in Tokyo shares.

2:57am GMT

Japan consumer inflation slows, piling pressure on BOJ to act

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TOKYO - Japan's annual core consumer inflation slowed for a second straight month in September, adding to evidence the Bank of Japan will miss its 2 percent price goal even as it dismisses growing doubts about the efficacy of its money-printing programme.

Business, Japan 1:23am GMT

Japan government ready to take steps to revive economy - Amari

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TOKYO - Japan's Economic Minister Akira Amari said on Friday the government is ready to take steps to support the economy, but said no decision has been made yet on whether to compile a fresh economic stimulus package.

Business, Japan 1:23am GMT