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Today's Focus
Money Talk: Well that was quite a reaction! All eyes were on the Bank of Japan this morning to see how it would respond to the worrying news that Japan’s economy has slipped back into deflation. The result of the BOJ’s monetary policy meeting was that interest rates were left unchanged and there was no announcement of any further monetary stimulus. The markets reacted dramatically with the Nikkei 225 plunging 1,000 points from its high of the day and the Japanese yen surging by 2.4%, the most in 8 months. We shall look at the reaction to the BOJ’s decision and ask whether the central bank has lost control of the currency and the economy. Joining us for the discussion are Michael Every of Rabobank and Toby Lawson, CEO of Societe Generale Securities in Sydney who will provide the view from Australia. We shall also talk with Chris Vanden Berghe, co-founder of 4XLabs about an innovative idea to help make foreign currency transactions in Hong Kong easier and cheaper. That’s all on the final Money Talk of the week on RTHK Radio 3 from 8 a.m.(8am-8.30am, email to,  text to 63 93 59 25,facebooktwitter)

On Backchat, we'll be asking just how worried should we be about the sharp drop in the number of mainland tourists coming to Hong Kong? What do you think? Do you fear losing your job as a result of the economic impact of the drop in the number of mainland tourists? Or are you happy that our streets will be less crowded as a result? And later in the programme, the government's Belt and Road scholarship scheme. (8:30-9:30am, call in on 233 88 266, facebookemail or text 6393 5925)

On Morning Brew today, it's Fryday after 10.10 with Chef and hamster jockey, Jason Black. Joining him today is Chef Renaud Marin. After 11, we'll have a look at the build up to the May Presidential election in the Philippines. If you think politics here is bizarre, you ain't seen nothing yet! The Economist's Southeast Asia Bureau Chief Jon Fasman joins us on the line from Singapore with his take. We're off to the movies after 12 with James Marsh. This week it's a serious Marshy Fanboi Special with "Captain America: Civil War". (9:30am-1pm,  facebook,email
Master Penman Barbara Calzolari demonstrates calligraphy for us

Master Penman Barbara Calzolari demonstrates calligraphy for us on the 123 Show. Kalo Chu of KaloMark Art invited Barbara to Hong Kong and explained the process to us.
New Show: B is for Bacon

This Saturday morning at 8.30 Chef and author Jason Black presents more, B is for Bacon. This week he puts on his beret, waxes his beard and drives his Citroen around Hong Kong for French May! J is the letter for the Alphabet "Soup du Jour", and Chef Mutaro Balde of Bibo says "Safety First" with this week's gadget, The Mandolin. JC Viens is in the studio, ruminating on Rieslings and Gian Carlo Ng gets funky on fromage. Go-to-baker, Gregoire Michaud, weighs in with the answer to a thousand years of cross channel conflict between the English and the French - crackers or bread with cheese?

Produced by Phil Whelan

New Show: Colin Aitchison presents Vintage Chart Toppers

On this week's Vintage Chart Toppers, the Kid from Red Bank, the first ever smash hit for Capitol records, and the UK's man with the Golden trumpet!(Sundays, 8.30am-9am)

Programme Schedule

Time Programme Presenter(s)
05:00-06:30 Night Music Music for night owls and early birds 
06:30-08:00 Hong Kong Today Mike Weeks and Ian Pooler 
08:00-08:30 Money Talk Peter Lewis 
08:30-09:30 Backchat Danny Gittings and Jim Gould 
09:30-13:00 Morning Brew Phil Whelan 
13:00-13:15 News at One RTHK Newsroom  
13:15-15:00 1 2 3 Show Noreen Mir 
15:00-18:00 Steve James Steve James 
18:00-19:00 Newswrap RTHK Newsroom  
19:00-21:00 Peter King Peter King  
21:00-22:00 Teen Time Alyson Hau 
22:00-23:00 All The Way with Ray Ray Cordeiro  
23:00-23:30 News at Eleven RTHK Newsroom  
23:30-01:00 All The Way with Ray Ray Cordeiro  
01:00-05:00 Night Music -  
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