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Japan, France say sudden forex moves not desirable

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President Francois Hollande agreed that sudden moves in foreign exchange rates were undesirable, media reports said, as the yen rose to 18-month highs against the dollar.

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BOJ's Kuroda: Strengthening yen may hurt Japan's economy

FRANKFURT Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday the yen's recent gains may hurt the country's economy, stressing his readiness to expand monetary stimulus if the risks threaten to keep the central bank from hitting its 2 percent inflation target.

02 May 2016

Countries eyeing coal-fired plants must reassess energy strategy: IRENA

KITAKYUSHU, Japan Countries that plan to build coal-fired power plants need to reassess their energy strategy because such facilities may not be a viable investment, the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said on Monday.

Environment, Environment, 02 May 2016

Japan final April manufacturing PMI hits lowest since Jan 2013 after Kumamoto earthquake

TOKYO Japanese manufacturing activity contracted in April at the fastest pace in more than three years and output fell the most in two years, a final survey showed on Monday, after earthquakes halted production in the southern manufacturing hub of Kumamoto.

02 May 2016

UPDATE 1-Takata booking over $156 mln in additional loss for air bag recalls

* Takata announces full-year results on May 11 (Adds details on air bag recall)

02 May 2016

Japan to support Mekong countries with $7 billion over three years

BANGKOK Japan wants to work with countries in the lower Mekong river basin and will help them improve infrastructure and bolster development with 750 billion yen ($7 billion) in aid over three years, its foreign minister said on Monday.

World, 02 May 2016