JGBs steady as Brexit uncertainties support bonds

TOKYO, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Japanese government bond prices held steady on Friday as Brexit uncertainties fanned geopolitical concerns, supporting the broader debt markets. JGBs were also propped up after the Bank of Japan offered to buy 680 billion yen ($6.00 billion) of five- to 40-year bonds at a regular debt-purchasing operation. The 10-year JGB yield and the 30-year yield […]

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Japan’s Economy Hit by Natural Disasters and Trade Frictions

TOKYO — Japan’s economy contracted more than expected in the third quarter, hit by natural disasters and a decline in exports, a worrying sign that trade protectionism is starting to take its toll on overseas demand. The 1.2 percent annualized contraction in the July-to-September period was more than the median estimate for 1 percent growth in annual terms. It followed […]

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US, Japan trade tensions in focus during Pence visit

Trump criticizes European allies over spending, trade Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski discusses President Trump’s tweet about defense spending and French President Emmanuel Macron’s attacks on nationalism. Vice President Mike Pence met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday, where bilateral trade, and particularly Japan’s treatment of U.S. autos, were expected to be in focus. Continue Reading Below […]

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Japan's prime minister calls for public works spending plan to help lift the economy

The rush to approve public works spending and other measures to support consumption highlights growing concern among policymakers about the economy. Japan’s economy is forecast to contract in July to September, and a recent slump in machinery orders suggests any rebound in the following quarters is likely to be weak if exports and business investment lose momentum. Japan’s Prime Minister […]

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As Pence embarks on his Asia tour, America's Indo-Pacific strategy will be under scrutiny

Japan, Indonesia and the United States each have their own Indo-Pacific strategy in place. Jakarta first unveiled its blueprint in 2013, followed by Tokyo in 2016 and then Washington in late 2017. Indonesia’s policy emphasizes inclusion and appears at odds with proposals by Japan and the U.S., which are associated with containing Beijing’s influence in the region. Vice President Mike […]

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Nikkei ends lower, China-focused shares slip

* Japan’s benchmark index pulls back from 2-1/2-week high By Daniel Leussink TOKYO, Nov 9 (Reuters) – Japan’s Nikkei ended the week on a sour note, tracking broader losses in global equities markets, and as worries about further Sino-U.S. trade tensions weighed on some China-focused shares. The Nikkei share average closed 1.05 percent lower at 22,250.25, pulling back from a […]

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Japan’s FSA Says Stablecoins Are Not Cryptocurrencies

Japan’s Financial Services Agency or FSA clarified that stablecoins are not cryptocurrencies under the current regulatory framework, according to a report by Bitcoin.com. The financial regulator also talked about the registration requirements for stablecoins’ issuers and dealers. Stablecoin is a term used to describe cryptocurrencies meant to hold stable values, designed to minimize the price volatility. In Japan, crypto companies […]

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