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Japan to appoint Okamura as top financial diplomat - sources

10 Jul 2020

TOKYO Japan is set to appoint international policy veteran Kenji Okamura as its top financial diplomat representing the country at international forums such as G7/G20 meetings, five government sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday.

Japan's household spending slumps by record as curbs hit travel, dining out

07 Jul 2020

TOKYO Japan's household spending fell at the fastest pace on record in May, as consumers heeded authorities' calls to stay home to contain the coronavirus pandemic, pushing the world's third-largest economy deeper into decline.

U.S. tells Japan it hopes for in-person G7 summit in late August, Japanese sources say

01 Jul 2020

TOKYO The United States has told Japan that it wants to organise an in-person Group of Seven leaders' summit in late August, two Japanese government sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.

Japan's retail sales extend slump as coronavirus curbs keep shoppers away

29 Jun 2020

TOKYO Retail sales in Japan tumbled at a double-digit pace for the second straight month in May as the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown measures delivered a heavy blow to consumer confidence and economic recovery prospects.

Arrest of former Japanese minister could hasten PM Abe's departure

18 Jun 2020

TOKYO The arrest of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's former justice minister could be a devastating blow for the Japanese leader whose support is near record lows, raising the possibility of his departure before the end of his term next year.

Japan hopes to draft G7 formin statement on China security legislation on Hong Kong - source

08 Jun 2020

TOKYO Japan hopes to draft a joint statement on China's new security legislation on Hong Kong at the next Group of Seven (G7) foreign ministers' meeting, a Japanese government source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Monday.

Japan parliament to debate second extra budget for pandemic relief next week

01 Jun 2020

TOKYO Japan's government will submit to parliament early next week a second extra budget to fund a new $1.1 trillion stimulus package to cushion the economic blow from the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.

Japan to create scheme to inject capital into pandemic-hit firms

14 May 2020

TOKYO Japan will create a scheme to inject capital into large and mid-size companies suffering from the coronavirus pandemic, government and ruling party officials said, as the health crisis threatens to inflict even deeper pain on its ailing economy.

Japan preparing to extend coronavirus emergency for about a month - sources

30 Apr 2020

TOKYO Japan is preparing to extend its state of emergency over the novel coronavirus, originally set to end on May 6, for about a month, government sources told Reuters on Thursday, even as some other countries begin to reopen after strict lockdowns.

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