The Swiss biotech was last year reported to be a target of Shire.
Another month of falling "core" consumer prices keeps a Bank of Japan rate cut on the agenda.
The expectations component of the index unexpectedly declines though companies' assessment of the current situation improves.
Shares in the company rise as it beats first-half profit expectations.
The dollar strengthens against the currencies of most trading partners after Fed minutes and strong durable goods figures.