Kashiwa Reysol maintains J-League lead with win over Sapporo

TOKYO — Cristiano and Diego Oliveira scored as Kashiwa Reysol beat Consadole Sapporo 2-1 on Sunday to maintain its lead in the J-League standings. Cristiano scored on a penalty in the 42nd minute to give Kashiwa the lead at halftime. Reis equalized ... ( read original story ...)

Bank of Japan Holds Fire as It Faces Calls for Exit Strategy

TOKYO—Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda rejected Friday the idea that he should follow the Federal Reserve’s lead and detail how the central bank might trim its assets, instead emphasizing the BOJ’s continuing commitment to buy government debt. ( read original story ...)

BoJ holds, but more upbeat on outlook

The Bank of Japan keeps monetary policy steady and upgrades its assessment of consumption and overseas growth, signalling confidence that an export-driven recovery is gaining momentum. David Pollard reports. The long march back to recovery .... For Japan ... ( read original story ...)