Asian stock markets mostly advanced Tuesday after the Bank of Japan (BoJ) raised its inflation target and adopted an open-ended asset purchasing program at the end of its two-day policy meeting.
Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.12 percent or 28.06 points to 23,618.97, South Korea's KOSPI Composite gained 0.49 percent or 9.66 points to 1,996.52 and Indian benchmark BSE Sensex rose 0.15 percent, while Japanese benchmark Nikkei declined 0.35 percent or 37.81 points to 10,709.93 and Chinese Shanghai Composite fell 0.65 percent.
Japan's central bank formally adopted a 2 percent inflation target Tuesday and also introduced an open-ended asset purchasing method as part of its aggressive monetary stimulus measures intended to revive the economic growth momentum in the world's third largest economy. The central bank will purchase 13 trillion yen ($145 billion) in assets every month from January 2014 including 2 trillion yen in Japanese government bonds and about 10 trillion yen in treasury bills.
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press )
The man under arrest for fatally stabbing one man and wounding three others during a 10-minute rampage in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday night, told police on Thursday that he wanted to hijack a plane at Haneda airport and fly it into Tokyo Skytree to take revenge on society. (Japan Today )
The 24-year-old suspect in the murder of a man on a street in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Monday is believed to have posted a profile online in which he identified himself as a "celeb NEET," meaning a celebrity without a job, according to local online news site J-Cast News. (Japan Times )
The proportion of single nonregular Japanese male workers in their 20s who have girlfriends stood at 18.7 pct in 2012, against 30.7 pct for regular employees, a government survey revealed Thursday. (Jiji Press )
Police in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, on Wednesday night arrested a 24-year-old unemployed man over four knife attacks within 10 minutes that left one man dead and three others injured on a street. (Japan Today )