Japan's government Wednesday announced a stimulus package worth more than 28 trillion yen (US$266 billion) in its latest attempt to fire up the lukewarm economy, with the central bank expected to unveil its own measures this week.
The yen fell sharply Wednesday in response to a report that Japan's government will unveil a massive 27 trillion yen stimulus package to boost the stumbling economy.
The yen slipped Monday on mounting speculation that the Bank of Japan will ramp up its stimulus program after this week's policy meeting, while U.S. Federal Reserve prepares for its own gathering.
The clunky videocassette recorder is going the way of floppy disks, eight-track tapes and camera film as the world's last manufacturer ends production of the once booming home-video technology.
The Japan launch of "Pokemon Go" on Friday included the game's first partnership with an outside company: fast-food giant McDonald's.
The yen edged lower Friday after a rally in New York sparked by Japan's central bank chief dashing hopes for so-called "helicopter money" stimulus.
The yen on Thursday slid to its lowest level in about six weeks on expectations of fresh stimulus from the Japanese government and central bank, ahead of a European Central Bank meeting later in the day.
Asian stock markets mostly fell Tuesday on profit-taking following a week-long rally but Tokyo headed for a sixth straight gain as a weak yen boosted exporters.
What's helping turn Japanese youngsters into stars on Vine, the Twitter-owned social network devoted to looping, six-second video clips, is the stodginess of this nation's business world.
Japanese stocks led a broad rally on Asian markets Thursday, posting a fourth straight gain as investors took heart from another record close on Wall Street, while the pound rose ahead of a key central bank meeting.