UPDATE 1-Japan to shake up world's top pension fund for bolder investment-sources

TOKYO, April 18 - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government plans to shake up the world's biggest pension fund, replacing several key advisers in a sign that the premier wants public funds to invest more aggressively, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

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Japan investment in Southeast Asia surges amid China slump 10:34am BST

TOKYO - Japanese companies' investments in Southeast Asia surged last year to almost three times the amount invested in China, after relations between Beijing and Tokyo soured in 2012 and Chinese labor costs rose, a government agency of Japan said on Friday.

Japan PM talks to U.S. Vice President Biden about Ukraine, trade 10:15am BST

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke by telephone to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on topics including the situation in Ukraine and trade negotiations, an Obama administration official said.

UPDATE 1-Japan's Lawson, Isetan bid for high-end supermarket chain -sources 8:41am BST

* Marunouchi Capital seeking $490 mln including debt -sources

Lawson, Isetan bidding for Seijo Ishii, deal could total $490 mln-sources 7:04am BST

TOKYO, April 18 - Japanese investment fund Marunouchi Capital is looking to sell supermarket operator Seijo Ishii Co in a deal worth about $490 million, with Lawson Inc and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd among those involved in the first round of bidding, two sources familiar with the matter said.


Japan, U.S. trade talks in stalemate, ministers to meet again: Japan 5:28am BST

WASHINGTON/TOKYO - U.S.-Japan talks aimed at a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact are in stalemate, Japan's economy minister said, as negotiators struggle to narrow gaps ahead of a summit between the countries' leaders.