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Business 08 Apr 2008 | 12:00 AM

Shirakawa to lead Japan’s central bank

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda nominated Masaaki Shirakawa to lead the central bank, seeking to fill a vacancy left after the opposition rejected his two previous candidates.

World 24 Mar 2008 | 12:00 AM

Japan PM's support slides amid deep deadlock

TOKYO (Reuters) - Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda slid to just below 25 percent in a media poll published on Monday, the latest sign of voter doubts about his leadership in the face of a deepening political deadlock.

World 24 Mar 2008 | 12:00 AM

Japan PM's support slides amid deep deadlock

TOKYO (Reuters) - Public support for Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda slid to just below 25 percent in a media poll published on Monday, the latest sign of voter doubts about his leadership in the face of a deepening political deadlock.

World 23 Mar 2008 | 12:00 AM

Japan political deadlock deepens with gas tax feud

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's political deadlock deepened on Sunday as ruling and opposition blocs, whose bickering has already left the central bank governor's job empty, clashed over a contentious gasoline tax that expires on March 31.

World 03 Mar 2008 | 12:00 AM

Japan PM seeks talks with opposition on BOJ chief

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's prime minister on Monday called for talks with the opposition to try to break a deepening deadlock that is fanning doubts over whether the government can win approval for its top pick for the next central bank chief.

Business 24 Feb 2008 | 12:00 AM

Zeti: Islamic finance can withstand global stress

The Islamic finance industry faces challenges from international market turmoil, but Malaysia's past experience points to its resilience to stress in global markets, Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz said yesterday.

Business 31 Oct 2007 | 12:00 AM

Japan's central bank leaves benchmark interest rate at 0.5 percent

TOKYO (AP) - The Bank of Japan kept its benchmark interest rate steady at 0.5 percent Wednesday as uncertainty in the global economy and financial markets continues to cloud the outlook for Japan.

Business 19 Sep 2007 | 12:00 AM

Bank of Japan holds rates steady

TOKYO (AP) - The Bank of Japan kept its benchmark interest rate steady Wednesday as investors in Tokyo sent Japanese stocks soaring in reaction to a bigger-than-expected cut in U.S. rates overnight.

Business 24 Aug 2007 | 12:00 AM

BoJ holds rates, warns market turmoil will linger

Global financial turmoil prompted the Bank of Japan to hold rates yesterday and warn that the tremors would take time to settle, as stock markets climbed in spite of fresh strife stemming from the ravaged US home loan market.

Business 23 Aug 2007 | 12:00 AM

Higher than expected fall in Japan surplus

Japan's trade surplus fell for the first time in nine months in July, prompting concerns over the outlook for the country's exports amid worries about a slowdown in the US economy due to rising mortgage defaults there.