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Tetsushi Kajimoto

Japan exports slide for sixth month as trade troubles knock demand, weaken outlook

19 Jun 2019

TOKYO Japan's exports fell for a sixth straight month in May as China-bound shipments of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and car parts weakened, in a sign of a deteriorating outlook for growth as the trade-reliant economy faces persistent pressure from slowing external demand.

Japanese businesses see economy peaking out, want more stimulus: Reuters poll

19 Jun 2019

TOKYO Japan's economy is likely to stop expanding this year and into next with the Sino-U.S. trade war and a planned sales tax hike expected to crimp activity, a Reuters poll of Japanese companies found, with most calling for fresh stimulus to prop up growth.

Surprise gain in Japan's machinery orders masks cooling investment outlook

12 Jun 2019

TOKYO Japan's machinery orders unexpectedly rose for a third straight month in April, signalling solid business investment, though analysts expect an intensifying Sino-U.S. trade war and global slowdown to hurt capital spending plans in the coming quarters.

Japan's Aso says did not raise FX provision issue in talks with Mnuchin

09 Jun 2019

FUKUOKA, Japan Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Sunday he did not raise, at a bilateral meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the issue of whether to include a currency provision in a two-way trade deal with the United States.

Japan's Aso says did not raise FX provision issue in talks with Mnuchin

09 Jun 2019

FUKUOKA, Japan Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Sunday he did not raise, at a bilateral meeting with U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the issue of whether to include a currency provision in a two-way trade deal with the United States.

World's top economies lay out principles on debt sustainability at G20 meet

09 Jun 2019

FUKUOKA, Japan Finance leaders from the world's top economies on Sunday adopted new principles to ensure countries that lend and borrow for infrastructure spending do so in a sustainable manner, a move seen as addressing concerns that China's lending practices have saddled some emerging nations with huge debt.

World's top economies lay out principles on debt sustainability at G20 meet

09 Jun 2019

FUKUOKA, Japan Finance leaders from the world's top economies on Sunday adopted new principles to ensure countries that lend and borrow for infrastructure spending do so in a sustainable manner, a move seen as addressing concerns that China's lending practices have saddled some emerging nations with huge debt.

Japan's business spending suggests upward revision to first-quarter GDP

03 Jun 2019

TOKYO Japanese business spending rose in January-March, continuing the expansion seen over the past two years and pointing to a likely upward revision in overall economic growth in the first quarter as investment held up despite external trade pressures.

Japan business lobby urges sales tax hike to proceed as planned

30 May 2019

TOKYO The head of a Japanese business lobby said a planned sales tax hike should proceed in October to sustain the social security system for a rapidly ageing population, despite calls from elsewhere to postpone it given growing economic challenges.

Japan to limit foreign ownership of firms in its IT, telecom sectors

27 May 2019

TOKYO Japan's government said on Monday that high-tech industries will be added to a list of businesses for which foreign ownership of Japanese firms is restricted.

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Iran shoots down U.S. military drone in Gulf region

Iran on Thursday shot down a U.S. military drone that it said was flying over one of its southern provinces on the Gulf, increasing fears of military conflict as Washington seeks to isolate Tehran over its nuclear and regional activities.