Surging yen sends stocks, bond yields lower
NHK -- Aug 27
New threats from the US and China to hit each other with additional tariffs have been shaking up financial markets in the Asia-Pacific region. Share prices and Japanese bond yields are down -- while the yen has climbed against the US dollar to around a seven-and-a-half month high.

The Japanese yen dipped into the 104-yen range for the first time since January this year at one point. The Japanese currency is trading at around the 105 yen level against the dollar.

Investors are buying the yen as a safe-haven, after the latest tit-for-tat moves between the US and China.

Analysts see the 105 level as psychologically significant.

Another asset seen as safe is Japanese government bonds. Their prices have been rising, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year JGB heading lower to touch its lowest level since July of 2016.

Those currency and bond moves have triggered a plunge in share prices in Tokyo. The Nikkei 225 ended the morning session 451 points, or 2.2 percent lower, at 20,258. Most stocks in the index were trading lower.

News source: NHK
Feb 17
Japan invented the zombie company: a once proud and innovative name that has lost its way and staggers from one crisis to another. But has Asia's second biggest economy now created the zombie privatization? (Nikkei)
Feb 14
Japanese e-commerce conglomerate Rakuten on Thursday said it sold $1.4 billion worth of shares in its technology holdings, including its entire stake in U.S. social networking service Pinterest, underlying growing concerns about overvaluations in the sector. (Nikkei)
Feb 14
SoftBank Group Corp. founder Masayoshi Son said he is considering a new type of fund for startup investing, showing his determination to keep cutting deals after missteps with WeWork and several other companies. (Japan Times)
Feb 13
Nissan Motor has filed a lawsuit with a Japanese court against former chairman Carlos Ghosn, seeking 10 billion yen, or about 90 million dollars, in damages. Ghosn is now in Lebanon after skipping bail in Japan. (NHK)
Feb 13
Find out why the Integrated Resorts project in Japan is bound to be a raging success. The multi-billion project will transform the local economy in a big way. (
Feb 13
More Japanese companies are shifting to merit-based pay as competition for workers heats up, but the change risks holding back the sort of blanket wage hikes the prime minister says are needed to inflate the economy. (Japan Today)
Feb 12
Japanese financial authorities will allow companies to delay submitting mandatory reports if they cannot meet the deadlines due to the coronavirus outbreak in China. (NHK)
Feb 12
A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of the $26 billion merger between wireless carriers T-Mobile and SoftBank Group-owned Sprint, giving the Japanese conglomerate a much-needed boost after a series of investment flops. (Nikkei)
Feb 12
Nissan Motor plans to temporarily suspend production at a plant in Japan's southwest amid the outbreak of the new coronavirus. (NHK)
Feb 09
The top diplomats of Japan and Britain agreed Saturday to work quickly toward a bilateral trade deal that will be "at least as ambitious" as Japan's agreement with the European Union. (Kyodo)