Japan Nikkei Manufacturing PMI: 52.6 (March) vs previous 53.3

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Japan's February exports up, driven by autos

TOKYO • Japan's exports grew the most in more than two years in February, rebounding from a Chinese New Year slowdown in January, as a widening trade surplus with the US potentially raises tensions in the face of rising protectionism from Washington. ( read original story ...)

Japan’s Abe seeks Saudi support for Aramco listing in Tokyo

Besides Tokyo, markets in New York, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Toronto, are vying for what could be the world’s largest IPO, potentially raising as much as $100bn. While the Japanese government is keen to have Aramco shares trade in Tokyo ... ( read original story ...)

Japan school: Donation row grows for PM Shinzo Abe

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave money to a controversial nationalist school, its head told parliament, amid an escalating political scandal. Yasunori Kagoike said the donation had been passed to him by Mr Abe's wife, in testimony that contradicted ... ( read original story ...)

Japan PM Abe accused of giving cash for nationalistic school

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ... Abe has denied any influence in the sale last year of state property to Kagoike at 134 million yen ($1.2 million), one-seventh of its appraised price. But Kagoike told parliament ... ( read original story ...)

Nikkei edges up, weaker yen helps offset political scandal

TOKYO, March 23 The Nikkei share average edged up on Thursday, crawling back from a 1-1/2-month low, as support from a weaker yen helped offset a political scandal centered on the wife of Japan's prime minister. The Nikkei ended 0.2 percent higher at ... ( read original story ...)