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U.S. may find tough negotiator in fiery minister Aso

Mar 16, 2017

U.S. may find tough negotiator in fiery minister Aso

In his presidential campaign last year, U.S. President Donald Trump promised to scrap trade deals that gave unfair advantages to other nations and replace them with new ones that would revitalize the U.S. economy and bring jobs back home. One of the Trump administration’s ...

As Abenomics loses shine, Japan's shoppers seek bargains

/ Aug 25, 2016

As Abenomics loses shine, Japan's shoppers seek bargains

Three years of Abenomics, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s bold stimulus program, has failed to dislodge a deflationary mindset among businesses and consumers. As the world’s third-largest economy falters again — with a stronger yen gnawing at overseas profits and domestic consumption sapping companies’ confidence ...

BOJ to snip GDP, inflation forecasts for 2015, 2016

/ Oct 23, 2015

BOJ to snip GDP, inflation forecasts for 2015, 2016

The Bank of Japan will cut its growth and inflation outlook for this fiscal year at a rate review next week, but only slightly tweak its projections for next year, sources said, possibly tempering expectations that the central bank will soon ease monetary policy ...

Worries over Chinese yuan put BOJ in a bind

Aug 20, 2015

Worries over Chinese yuan put BOJ in a bind

China’s devaluation of the yuan exposes an undefended flank in the Bank of Japan’s efforts to jolt its flagging economy out of decades of deflation, which rely heavily on a solid pick-up in overseas demand. A growing number of Japan’s central bankers are privately ...