Japan's housing starts index rose 6.8% during the month of November, compared with a prior reading of 6.4%, and the analysts' expectations referred to 4.9%. ?Annualized housing starts recorded 0.847 million unit during the year ended November, compared with a previous 0.813 million unit a year earlier, while the anticipations estimated of 0.831 unit. Moreover, annualized construction orders in Japan came at -5.3%, from -5.6% a year earlier