JAPAN DAYBOOK: Noda on Currencies, Shirakawa on Growth Outlook

Finance Minister Noda said he will call for continued cooperation in currencies. Noda is in Washington for a meeting of G-7 officials.

WHAT TO WATCH *Japanese finance Minister says he will call for continued cooperation on currencies at G-7 meeting in Washington *Bank of Japan governor says economy will expand in third-quarter with quake recovery *Sumitomo Mitsui Banking and Brazil’s BTG Pactual agree to partnership including M&A, asset management, Nikkei reports *Toyota delays earnings forecast to sometime after report for year ended March 31, Nikkei reports *Kansai Electric Power credit-default swaps reach record on report Japan may impose industry wide clean-up levy *Japan considers government-backed nuclear insurance agency, Nikkei says; utilities would share costs with Tokyo Electric *Fujitsu says chip plants in quake-damaged prefectures will return to full capacity by about April 20 *U.S. stocks fall as jobless claims unexpectedly increase, Senator Levin calls for federal probe of GS *Google profit misses estimates after spending on hiring, marketing to ward off Facebook, Apple; shares fall

ECONOMY *1:30pm Industrial production for February, revised *1:30pm Capacity utilization for February

GOVERNMENT *Finance Minister Noda, BOJ’s Shirakawa at G-7 meeting *Cabinet morning meeting followed by minister briefings *Chief Cabinet Secretary Edano morning, afternoon briefings *Treasury discount bill auction result 12:35pm

CORPORATE *Oriental Land opens Tokyo Disneyland 8am *Life insurance association chairman briefing 3pm *Utilities release March fuel use, Reuters says, 11am *Chubu Electric president briefing, Reuters says, 2pm *Electric Power federation briefing, Nikkei says, NA

EARNINGS *Maruetsu (8178 JP) 12:30 *Toho (9602 JP) *Toho Real Estate (8833 JP)

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