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Asian shares retreat as commodities ease, bitcoin pummelled

TOKYO Asian equities stepped back from a record high on Wednesday as the region's resource shares were knocked by falling oil and commodity prices while digital currencies tumbled on worries about tighter regulations.

11 Jan 2018

Japan's central bank maintains bond purchases after earlier jolt, JGBs bounce

TOKYO The Bank of Japan maintained the amount of its bond purchases on Thursday, helping to soothe a market rattled earlier this week by a cut in its buying of longer-dated debt that fanned worries the central bank may be moving to turn off its stimulus.

09 Jan 2018

Euro rally loses steam, dollar firms slightly vs yen

TOKYO The euro languished on Tuesday after slipping from last week's high as investors were cautious after a months-long rally, while the dollar firmed against the yen though a lack of catalysts tempered its momentum.

25 Dec 2017

Dollar steady but its funding costs soar ahead of year-end

TOKYO The dollar was little changed against other major currencies on Monday in holiday-thinned trading while the cost of swapping the yen for the dollar jumped as banks scrambled to raise dollars for the year-end period.

20 Dec 2017

Bitcoin falls almost 20 percent from recent peak to one-week low

TOKYO Bitcoin fell more than 10 percent on Wednesday to a one-week low of $15,800 at cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp <BTC=BTSP>, losing almost one- fifth of its value from a peak hit just three days ago. | Video

20 Dec 2017

Land ownership riddles in ageing Japan come at a cost, stifle economy

TOKYO When Sparx Green Energy & Technology, a renewable energy firm, found an ideal plot of land on which to build a solar panel factory in Japan, there was a catch. The three people on public record as the owners of the land had died years ago.

13 Dec 2017

Behind bitcoin boom, Japanese retail investors pile in

TOKYO Japan's army of retail investors, no strangers to high risk bets in the past, have emerged as a major force in bitcoin's spectacular rally, now accounting for an estimated 30-50 percent of trading in the cryptocurrency as it spikes to record highs.

24 Nov 2017

Asian shares off 10-year peak, China hits three-month low

TOKYO Asian shares hovered below their 10-year peak on Friday while mainland Chinese shares dropped to three-month lows after big falls the previous day on concerns about fresh government steps to curb financial risks and rise in Chinese bond yields.

16 Nov 2017

Japan shares at crucial point of possible uptrend: Japan Post Bank CIO

TOKYO Japanese shares are at an important make-or-break point and a decisive rise above current levels will usher in a long-term uptrend in the market, Katsunori Sago, chief investment officer at Japan Post Bank, said on Thursday.

16 Nov 2017

Bank of Japan should consider selling put options on Japan stocks: Japan Post Bank CIO

TOKYO The Bank of Japan should consider using derivatives, rather than buying Japanese stock funds directly as it does now, to affect risk premium on stocks, because that would be a better tool, said the chief investment officer of Japan Post Bank.

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