TOKYO Japanese business confidence and capital expenditure plans held steady from three months ago, a closely-watched central bank survey showed, a sign companies weren't significantly worried about escalating trade frictions and global growth concerns.
TOKYO Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he saw no problems emerging from the central bank's purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETF), shrugging off criticism its growing presence is distorting the stock market.
TOKYO Japan's household spending unexpectedly fell in October and real wages slipped for a third straight month, adding to concerns about the strength of the economy as global trade frictions cloud export prospects.
TOKYO Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda dismissed the chance of a near-term interest rate hike, saying that restocking the central bank's policy ammunition now could delay the achievement of its inflation target.
NIIGATA, Japan Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Masazumi Wakatabe said on Wednesday the central bank should not hesitate to ramp up stimulus if risks to the economy threaten the achievement of its inflation target.
LONDON/TOKYO Global economic prospects appear gloomy as year-end approaches after factory activity and export orders weakened in November, prompting analysts to predict no quick rebound amid persistent global trade tensions.
TOKYO Asia's economic prospects looked gloomy as factory activity and export orders weakened across the region in November, with analysts expecting no quick rebound amid simmering global trade frictions.
* Weak Japan capex survey points to deeper Q3 contraction
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* Yield curve may not steepen as much as in past - Masai
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