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Japan Buys Up US Treasuries

A victim of its own actions, yields on Japanese debt have been pinned near zero ever since the Bank of Japan embarked on its aggressive bond buying program. Europe isn’t much of an option too, as yields turned negative this year on the region’s own quantitative easing.

China Announces 2nd Rate Cut In 4 Months

On Saturday, the People's Bank of China announced that it will cut the benchmark deposit and loan interest rates by 25 basis points starting 1st March. That would put the one-year deposit rate at 2.5 percent and the one-year lending rate at 5.35 percent.

Greece Extends Lifeline

Eurozone finance ministers agreed to extend Greece’s bailout deal for another four months, provided it came up with a list of reforms by this week. Under the deal, Greece will still live under the EU/IMF bailout which Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras had pledged to scrap.

Strong Signal of US Rate Hike?

U.S. non-farm payrolls increased by 257,000 in January, capping a total gain of 1 million workers since November, the strongest three-month increase in 17 years.

Japan's New "Great Game". E-biz news from Japan

Media rumors are flying that Japan is again going to ratchet up its presence significantly on the Miyako and Ishigaki islands by sending 600 troops, anti-ship missiles, and other military hardware.

Inbound Tourists Driving Domestic Profits

Most of this good news is happening because of the increase in foreign tourists and the accompanying surge in infrastructure improvements that local investors are making to support those extra tourists.

Who Was Kazunori Ozaki? E-biz news from Japan

On April 7, 2015, Japan lost a one of its most influential small-cap private equity and venture capital champions, Kazunori Ozaki, who until recently was the Chairman and CEO of Ant Capital.

Breaking Down Exclusionism and Vested Interests

Last week Japan Travel launched Japan's first open tours marketplace for inbound travelers featuring tours getting people out of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and explore Japan in greater depth.

Why Japanese M&A Will Continue to Rise. E-biz News from Japan.

A Goldman Sachs research report noted that Japanese major listed companies in particular are sitting on record amounts of cash and need to do something with it.

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