The Tokyo stock exchange has gained 38 percent since January. And economists expect the Bank of Japan's Tankan survey next week to show a solid improvement in business sentiment, possibly to the highest level in three years.
Top Japanese dividend stocks are in demand for the first time in a generation, thanks to increasing profits and a cheap yen. Investors, who complain that the US stock market lacks value, are moving their money to Tokyo.
Long-running argument that was meant to be settled in December 2015 with a "final and irreversible" deal on "comfort women" has been resuscitated and threatens to damage security ties as well as political links.
Tokyo and Brussels have agreed a free trade accord, opening up the EU to Japanese cars and Japan to European cheese. Japan's economy meanwhile has recorderd its longest uninterrupted growth since 1994.
The Tokyo Stock Exchange suspends trading in Takata shares as reports circulate that the beleaguered airbag manufacturer is planning to file for bankruptcy in Japan and America as early as next week.
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