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Japan's trade balance swung to a surplus in September, as exports fell less than expected.
The Japanese government expects to raise 416 billion yen (US$4 billion) from the initial public offering of 160 million shares of Kyushu Railway Co., or JR Kyushu, the latest in the privatization of this nation's prized train operations.
Shares in Japanese IT giant Fujitsu soared Thursday on news it is considering merging its struggling personal computer division with China's Lenovo, the world's biggest PC maker.
Japan business confidence hits low
Business confidence among Japan's largest manufacturers is at its lowest since Tokyo introduced measures to kick-start the struggling economy more than three years ago, a central bank survey showed Monday.
The yen dropped and higher-risk currencies surged Tuesday as markets appeared to give Hillary Clinton the edge over Donald Trump in the first U.S. presidential debate.
The yen retreated Friday as Japanese officials repeated warnings they could step into currency markets to tame the soaring unit, which threatens profits at the country's exporters.
Japan's exports tumbled and the country logged a surprise trade deficit in August, data showed Wednesday, reviving concerns about the economy just before the Bank of Japan wraps up a closely watched meeting.
The yen extended its gains in Asian trading Tuesday as the Japanese and U.S. central banks kick off their latest policy meetings.
The dollar extended losses on Friday in Asia as investors bet against a September Federal Reserve interest rate hike following another weak batch of U.S. data.
The yen retreated in Asian trade following a report that the Bank of Japan is considering cutting borrowing costs further into negative territory when it meets next week.
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