Looking Ahead in Asia

The spotlight in Asia this week falls on Japan, where a raft of data releases and a central bank decision could provide clarity on the direction of the world’s third largest economy.

Central bank meetings in Taiwan and New Zealand are also likely to be watched by investors in the region, as will Taiwan and the Philippines’ first quarter gross domestic product (GDP) data.

Starting with Japan, industrial production data out is due on Tuesday, followed by retail sales and the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy decision on Thursday and inflation on Friday.