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Economists expect Bank of Japan will expand stimulus sometime soon, but not this week

By Toru Fujioka
- via The Japan Times    Jun 17, 2019

A majority of economists now see the Bank of Japan expanding its stimulus as its next move, with a strengthening of the yen from Federal ...

Revival of Fiat-Renault deal hinges on Nissan’s backing and France’s role

By Tommaso Ebhardt,Ania Nussbaum,Daniele Lepido
- via The Japan Times    Jun 17, 2019

Renault SA Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard has said he is open to a future tie-up with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. | BLOOMBERG

As Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Renault SA move on from their failed merger talks, a revival of discussions would depend on overcoming at least ...

Dollar softens to around ¥108.20 in Tokyo after drop in Chinese stocks

via The Japan Times    Jun 14, 2019

The dollar was slightly weaker around ¥108.20 in Tokyo trading late Friday, driven down by lower Chinese stock prices.At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ...

Dollar almost unchanged around ¥108.30 in late Tokyo trading

via The Japan Times    Jun 13, 2019

The dollar was almost flat around ¥108.30 in Tokyo trading late Thursday after overcoming its early weakness.At 5 p.m., the dollar stood at ¥108.34-35, against ...

Tokyo stocks extend losses on Hong Kong drop and yen rise

via The Japan Times    Jun 13, 2019

Stocks fell further on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on Thursday, bruised by a drop in Hong Kong equities and a stronger yen.The 225-issue Nikkei average ...

Trump signals frustration with Fed’s independent policies, says Xi has full control

via The Japan Times    Jun 11, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump announces Jerome Powell as his nominee to become chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington in 2017. | REUTERS

President Donald Trump complained Monday that President Xi Jinping enjoys a major advantage in the U.S.-China trade war in that he controls China’s central bank ...

Nissan extends olive branch to Renault as relations hit new low

via The Japan Times    Jun 11, 2019

Jean-Dominique Senard, chairman of Renault SA (left), reacts as Hiroto Saikawa, president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Co., looks on during a news conference in Yokohama on March 12. | BLOOMBERG

Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Hiroto Saikawa has extended an olive branch to Renault SA after acrimony over proposed governance changes at the Japanese ...

Japan and U.S. officials hold talks to advance trade negotiations

via The Japan Times    Jun 11, 2019

Minister of Economic Revitalization Toshimitsu Motegi (left) and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer shake hands before a meeting at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in Washington on April 16. | AFP-JIJI

Officials from Japan and the United States started a two-day meeting Monday in Washington to advance negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement.The working-level meeting comes ...

Despite Prius’s sales slump, hybrids as popular as ever

By Keith Naughton
- via The Japan Times    Jun 11, 2019

A Prius hybrid automobile goes through a final quality check on the production line at Toyota Motor Corp.'s plant in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, in 2017. | BLOOMBERG

The Toyota Prius, once revered as the greenest car on the road, has fallen on hard times. Sales are on a six-year losing streak, and ...

Under pressure in the Trump era, U.S. Federal Reserve faces an outlook clouded by trade wars and signs of weakness

By Howard Schneider
- via The Japan Times    Jun 11, 2019

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell talks with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Fukuoka on Saturday. | REUTERS

U.S. President Donald Trump’s attacks on the Federal Reserve have broken one set of precedents, his talk of stacking the central bank with political allies ...

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