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Japan economy minister says ready to help small businesses once U.S. trade deal finalised

19 Sep 2019

TOKYO Japanese Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Thursday that the government was prepared to help small businesses and farms depending on the outcome of trade talks with the United States, expected to be finalised and signed next week.

Japan to nominate ex-top currency diplomat Asakawa as ADB head: sources

17 Sep 2019

TOKYO Japan is expected to nominate Masatsugu Asakawa, the country's former top currency diplomat, as its candidate to become the next head of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), two people familiar with the matter said.

Japan, U.S. ministers meet for trade talks as hopes for early deal fade

21 Aug 2019

TOKYO Japan and the United States will seek to narrow gaps on trade when their top negotiators meet this week, but hopes for a deal in September are fading as both sides fail to make concessions on agriculture and automobiles, sources say.

Japan signals it will act to curb any excessive yen rises

05 Aug 2019

TOKYO Japan's top currency diplomat on Monday warned investors against significantly pushing up the yen, signaling that Tokyo was ready to intervene in the currency market if excessive yen gains threatened to hurt the export-reliant economy.

Japan, U.S. eyeing ministerial trade talks in Washington, D.C. on Aug 1 - sources

26 Jul 2019

TOKYO Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi is making preparations to meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in Washington on Aug. 1 for ministerial-level trade talks, two sources familiar with the matter said.

BOJ focus on yen made Japan Inc complacent, says Abenomics critic

10 Jul 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan's focus on keeping the yen weak and bolstering stock prices has made executives complacent and hurt corporate competitiveness, says a former state banker turned critic of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pro-growth policies.

Japan more downbeat on growth, but sees no change to tax hike plan

24 May 2019

TOKYO Japan's government downgraded its assessment of the economy on Friday but maintained the view it was recovering, suggesting that escalating U.S.-China trade tensions have yet to hit growth enough to put off this year's scheduled sales tax hike.

U.S.-China trade war key to Japan's tax hike decision-ruling party exec

24 May 2019

TOKYO The fallout from the U.S.-China trade war on Japan's economy will be a key factor in deciding whether to proceed with a scheduled sales tax hike this year, a senior Japanese ruling party official said on Friday.

Japan weighing downgrade of economic view, raises doubt on higher sales tax

16 May 2019

TOKYO Japan's government is considering downgrading its assessment of the economy next week as the intensifying Sino-U.S. trade war takes a toll on exports and factory output, a government source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

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