TOKYO, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Key TOCOM rubber futures firmed on Monday after the yen fell on reports Japan is likely to nominate an advocate of aggressive monetary easing as its next central bank chief.
But rubber stayed near a two-month low hit last week amid worries over the health of the U.S. and euro zone economies.
* The most-active Tokyo Commodity Exchange rubber contract, for July delivery , was changing hands 1.1 yen higher at 298.2 yen per kg as of 0013 GMT, paring losses from a four-day downturn.
* The newly listed August contract is expected to take over the market's benchmark status later in the day.
* The TOCOM market last week fell as far as 292.7 yen, the lowest since Dec. 26 and down 13.4 percent from a 10-month high of 337.8 yen marked on Feb. 6.
* A weaker yen versus the dollar in theory inflates yen-denominated TOCOM prices as rubber is traded in dollars in producing countries, and often invites speculative buying here.
* On Friday, the nearby February contract expired at 285.9 yen, with deliveries totalling 511 lots of 5 tonnes each.
* Volkswagen has scaled back its forecast for another record year in 2013, a sign that Europe's biggest carmaker is beginning to feel the impact of Europe's shrinking auto markets.
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* The yen skidded to a 33-month low on Monday on reports Japan is likely to nominate Asian Development Bank President Haruhiko Kuroda as the new Bank of Japan chief.
* Japan's benchmark Nikkei average rose 2.02 percent to 11,615.78 on Monday.
* The following data is expected on Monday: (Time in GMT)
0145 China HSBC Flash Manufacturing PMI
National activity index
Dallas Fed Manufacturing index
(Reporting by Risa Maeda; Editing by Joseph Radford)