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Suspected intervention to drag the yen off a 34-year low against the dollar is already seen as unlikely to have a lasting effect if Japan continues alone.
BUSINESS / Markets
May 13, 2024
Yen’s fragility raises specter of a new currency war in Asia
A destabilizing slump in the yen could be the trigger that forces Japan’s neighbors to take extreme action.
The dollar's resurgence has come on the back of a slew of signs that the U.S. economy avoided the slowdown many anticipated.
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 23, 2024
U.S. dollar’s extended reign delivers stark wake-up call to markets
Global investors are talking about "U.S. exceptionalism” after a predicted slowdown to the nation's economy didn't transpire.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
May 4, 2023
China takes the yuan global in bid to repel a weaponized dollar
President Xi Jinping's government has been busy striking deals over the past year to expand the ways in which the currency is used.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 27, 2023
Mistrust of Xi endangers one of Wall Street’s favorite trades
Money managers looking for China to rebuild trust are getting mixed regulatory messages from Beijing.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 21, 2022
Wall Street wants to believe Xi’s money-minting markets are back
Some of the biggest players in global markets are turning increasingly bullish on Chinese assets.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 3, 2022
China tightens lending taps, leaving African markets vulnerable
Africa's largest bilateral creditor has been scaling back lending in the region amid its worsening growth woes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 26, 2022
Crisis level risks loom in Asia as U.S. Fed rate pressure forces yen and yuan to sink
While others are digging deep into foreign-exchange reserves to mitigate the damage, the yuan and yen's slump threatens the region's mantle as a preferred destination for risk investors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 18, 2022
Global investors flee China fearing that risks eclipse rewards
A growing list of risks is turning China into a potential quagmire, with the central question being what could happen when the country goes to great lengths to achieve its leader's goals.

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The Japanese government updated its English education guidelines in 2017 to emphasize communication over grammar and memorization. Public school teachers are incredibly busy, however, which means schools haven’t been able to implement changes uniformly. Private and alternative schools are attempting to remedy this.  
The language of opportunity: Bilingual education is on the rise in Japan