Japan Headlines

RPT-TIMELINE-Sony's recent profit warnings

Sept 17 - Japan's Sony Corp forecast a much bigger than expected annual net loss of 230 billion yen ($2.14 billion) as it takes a big impairment charge for its struggling smartphone division. It's the company's sixth guidance cut under CEO Kazuo Hirai, who took the post in April 2012 promising to revive the storied electronics brand by focusing on mobile, gaming and imaging.

Regulatory News, Japan 5:26am BST

Dollar soars to six-year peak on yen after Fed, Tokyo stocks cheer

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SYDNEY/TOKYO - Japanese shares jumped on Thursday after the dollar vaulted to a six-year peak on the yen as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising rates underlined the diverging path between the United states and the rest of the rich world.

4:31am BST

Sony shares slide 10 percent after dividend scrapped

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TOKYO - Sony Corp shares fell more than 10 percent on Thursday in their biggest drop in more than 10 months after the Japanese consumer electronics maker announced deep losses in its smartphone business and scrapped its dividend for the first time since it listed in 1958.

Business, Japan 4:29am BST

Dollar soars to six-year peak on yen after Fed, Tokyo stocks cheer

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SYDNEY/TOKYO - Japanese shares jumped on Thursday after the dollar vaulted to a six-year peak on the yen as the Federal Reserve's outlook for rising rates underlined the diverging path between the United states and the rest of the rich world.

Business, FXpert, Japan 4:22am BST

Sony shares slide 10 percent after dividend scrapped

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TOKYO - Sony Corp shares fell more than 10 percent on Thursday in their biggest drop in more than 10 months after the Japanese consumer electronics maker announced deep losses in its smartphone business and scrapped its dividend for the first time since it listed in 1958.

4:22am BST

GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar soars to 6-yr peak on yen after Fed, Tokyo stocks cheer

* Dollar sweeps higher on diverging outlook for global rates

Regulatory News, Japan 4:20am BST

Japan auto lobby: current FX levels comfortable for car industry

TOKYO, Sept 18 - The head of Japan's auto lobby said on Thursday current foreign-exchange rate levels are comfortable for his industry but one cannot simply say that the yen should continue weakening.

3:58am BST

Japan exports knocked by weak U.S. shipments, hurt economic recovery

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TOKYO - Japan's exports declined in August as shipments to the United States contracted, another sign the economy is struggling to rev up after a deep slump in April-June.

Business, Japan 3:33am BST

Japan's Amari, USTR Froman arranging TPP talks next week

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TOKYO - Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman are due to meet next week in Washington for talks on a bilateral deal that is crucial to clinching a broader multilateral Pacific rim trade pact.

3:20am BST

Japan, U.S. finance chiefs to meet ahead of G20 in Australia

TOKYO - Finance Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will hold a bilateral meeting on Friday ahead of a weekend gathering of G20 finance leaders in Cairns, Australia, Japanese officials said on Thursday.

3:02am BST