Nikkei turns negative on profit-taking from 7-day rally

TOKYO Dec 15 Japan's Nikkei share average edged down in choppy trade just before the lunchbreak on Thursday as investors took profits from the seven-day rally after pricing in the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to raise rates for the first time in a year. ( read original story ...)

Nikkei rises as yen weakens after U.S. raises interest rates

TOKYO, Dec 15 Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday morning as the dollar surged against the yen after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised rates for the first time in a year and signalled further hikes could come at a faster pace than the market had ... ( read original story ...)

Japan’s Car Makers Push Nikkei Higher As Yen Hits 10-Month Low

The Bank of Japan must be in a party mood this morning. Donald Trump‘s surprise win has pushed the Japanese yen about 10% lower since his victory, something the BoJ has not been capable of doing itself. And Federal Reserve‘s hawkish dot plot overnight ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo's Nikkei down at break as early rally fizzles

The blue-chip index fell 0.6 percent after a seven-day streak of record closes. In Tokyo, financial stocks turned down with Mizuho Financial Group falling 0.27 percent to 219.5 yen and Nomura 0.65 percent off at 1,965 yen. But Hitachi rose 0.69 percent to ... ( read original story ...)

Japan parliament legalises casinos

Japan's parliament has passed a long-awaited law to legalise casinos. The move paves the way for casino resort developments that also include hotels and shopping centres. International gaming firms including Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts and Caesars have ... ( read original story ...)

Putin arrives in Japan for territorial talks

NAGATO, Japan - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Japan on Thursday for a two-day summit that marks his first official visit to a G-7 country since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea. His Rossiya Airlines plane touched down at 4:50 p.m. at ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo stocks edge higher after Fed rate hike

... down with Mizuho Financial Group falling 0.27 percent to 219.5 yen and brokerage Nomura off 0.92 percent to end at 749.4 yen. But Hitachi rose 1.02 percent to 642.2 yen after the Nikkei business daily reported that Tokyo may arrange an aid package ... ( read original story ...)

Japan Moves to Allow Casino Gambling at 'Integrated Resorts'

Japan's parliament is about to approve a law on "integrated resorts" that is the first major hurdle in allowing casinos to set up shop in the wealthy nation. The upper house of the Diet approved the bill on Wednesday after it was pushed through the lower ... ( read original story ...)

Panasonic introduces robotic checkout at a grocery store in Osaka

The company is currently piloting the system at a Lawson outlet in Osaka, Japan, where Panasonic is headquartered. For now, shoppers using the robotic baskets must manually scan their purchases. But by February, Panasonic aims to fit each item in the store ... ( read original story ...)

Japan's Nikkei dips ahead of Fed policy decision

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei slipped on Wednesday as the market braced for the Federal Reserve's policy decision, due later in the session, that should signal the near-term direction for risk assets. The Nikkei was down 0.1 percent at 19,235.46 ... ( read original story ...)

Tokyo stocks down at break ahead of Fed meeting

Tokyo stocks eased Wednesday morning, despite a pick-up in Japanese business confidence as investors hold their cards ahead of a key US central bank meeting. Gambling-linked shares retreated after a recent rally as lawmakers from Japan's ruling party rush ... ( read original story ...)

Japan business confidence rebounds as yen slides

Confidence among some of Japan's biggest firms has rebounded for the first time in more than a year, a key central bank survey showed Wednesday, as a sliding yen boosted hopes for their profits. The Bank of Japan's Tankan report -- a quarterly survey of ... ( read original story ...)