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* Greek election victory for Syriza party * Raises prospect of collision with creditors * Risks for Japan seen as limited * Stronger yen hurts exporters’ shares By Thomas Wilson TOKYO, Jan 26(Reuters) – Japanese stocks fell on Monday as a resounding election win for Greece’s anti-austerity Syriza party raised the prospect of conflict with Read More

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan has offered to import more rice from the United States in a compromise aimed at pushing forward the Asia-Pacific regional trade talks, the Nikkei reported on Sunday. A stand-off between the United States and Japan over access to farm and auto markets has been holding up negotiations over the 12-nation trade Read More

TOKYO, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) — The Nikkei stock index added 1.05 percent Friday to end the week at a three-week closing high, as the market rallied following the European Central Bank (ECB) announcing it would unleash a bigger-than-expected stimulus program to help underpin the eurozone’s economy and combat deflation. The Nikkei 225 gained 82.73 points Read More

Stocks gained ground on Friday, boosted by purchases after the European Central Bank’s decision to introduce quantitative monetary easing. The Nikkei 225 average advanced 182.73 points, or 1.05 percent, to end at 17,511.75, adding to the 48.54 points gained Thursday. The Topix closed 13.79 points, or 0.99 percent, higher at 1,403.22 a day after falling Read More

Nikkei rises to near 1-month high Friday, January 23 09:17:38 Japan’s Nikkei share average rose to a near one-month high on Friday as investors’ risk appetite was buoyed after the European Central Bank unveiled a bond-buying scheme to help revive the region’s economy and stave off deflation. The Nikkei ended 1.1 percent higher at 17,511.75 Read More

TOKYO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average rose to a near one-month high on Friday as investors’ risk appetite was buoyed after the European Central Bank unveiled a bond-buying scheme to help revive the region’s economy and stave off deflation. The Nikkei ended 1.1 percent higher at 17,511.75 points, the highest closing level Read More

* ECB soothes mkt; oil prices key to euro zone til March-economist * For the week, Nikkei has risen 3.7 pct * Yaskawa jumps after raising profit, dividend forecasts By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei share average rose to a near three-week high on Friday morning as risk sentiment was buoyed Read More

Japan’s Nikkei share average fell on Wednesday as investors took profits from the sharp jump in the past two sessions, while expectations that the European Central Bank will unveil stimulus measures on Thursday limited the losses. The Bank of Japan has cut next fiscal year’s inflation forecast and expanded a loan scheme aimed at boosting Read More

TOKYO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Japanese shares edged up on Thursday as the yen sagged versus the dollar after surging the previous day, although caution ahead of the closely-watched European Central Bank policy meeting firmly later in the day capped gains. Upcoming domestic corporate earnings announcements also added to the wait-and-see mood. The Nikkei ended Read More

* Trading remains choppy before ECB * Unicharm hits record high on strong profit report By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Japanese shares were flat in choppy trade as the market digested expectations the European Central Bank will unveil new stimulus measures at its meeting later on Thursday, while a pause in the Read More