Tokyo stocks fell Friday as energy firms were hit by an OPEC decision not to cut output more to buoy oil prices, but videogame giant Nintendo hit an eight-year high on rosy sales prospects.
Japan's core consumer price index climbed to a two-year high in April of 0.3 percent, as costs for energy rose.
Asia needs all the help it can get in fighting poverty as both wealthy and poor nations grapple with widening inequality, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Tuesday.
Tokyo shares rose Monday as investors cheered the yen's weakness as well as a deal on the U.S. budget which, if approved, will avert a government shutdown.
Japan's exports rose at a faster-than-expected 12 percent pace in March, while imports jumped nearly 16 percent from a year earlier, the government said Thursday.
One of the focal points of the Japan-U.S. economic dialogue -- of which the first meeting will be held Tuesday -- is whether both governments can affirm a cooperative relationship in the fields of infrastructure and energy.
Toyota is introducing a wearable robotic leg brace designed to help partially paralyzed people walk.
Encouraged by stronger export orders, Japanese manufacturers are feeling a bit more upbeat than they were late last year, according to a quarterly survey by the Bank of Japan released Monday.
Japan logged its biggest monthly trade surplus since 2010 in February, as exports to China surged by 28 percent from a year earlier.
Revised data show Japan's economy expanded at a slower than hoped for 1.2 percent annual pace in the last quarter of 2016.