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  • Another week closer to the date Britain leaves the European Union. Given how crushingly Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit agreement was defeated by lawmakers, there is little chance her Plan B-- to be presented in coming days-- will get away with just minor amendments. If May fails to forge consensus within her party and with opposition leader Jeremy...

  • TOKYO, Jan 21- Chances that Japan will slide into a recession this coming fiscal year have grown over the past three months, a Reuters poll of economists found, pressured by a global economic slowdown and U.S.- China trade friction. Economists said while Japan will probably manage to avoid a recession in the year starting in April, growing 0.8 percent, the outlook...

  • Another week closer to the date Britain leaves the European Union. Given how crushingly Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit divorce deal was defeated by lawmakers, there is little chance her Plan B-- to be presented in coming days-- will get away with just minor amendments. If May fails to forge consensus within her party and with opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn...

  • *Crises to keep Trump, Macron, May away from Davos. MILAN, Jan 17- An array of crises will keep several world leaders away from the annual World Economic Forum in Davos next week, which takes place against a backdrop of deepening gloom over the global economic and political outlook. Donald Trump, who stole the Davos limelight last year with a rare appearance by a...

  • *Crises to keep Trump, Macron, May away from Davos. MILAN, Jan 17- An array of crises will keep several world leaders away from the annual World Economic Forum in Davos next week, which takes place against a backdrop of deepening gloom over the global economic and political outlook. Outside the G7, the leaders of Russia and India are shunning Davos, while China- whose...

  • *Britain keen for new plants to replace ageing fleet. LONDON/ TOKYO, Jan 11- Japan's Hitachi has yet to decide whether to proceed with its trillion yen nuclear project in Britain and talks with the government are continuing, the company and government said on Friday. He told her Japan did not want to see a disorderly Brexit when Britain leaves the European Union in...

  • LONDON, Jan 10- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday he hoped Britain and the European Union would avoid a no-deal Brexit. "It is the strong will of Japan to further develop this strong partnership with the UK, to invest more into the country and to enjoy further economic growth with the UK," Abe said through a translator at a news conference in London...

  • *Global funds underexposed the most to Japan since 2010. *Japan seen as "global cyclical" market; liquid and easy-to-sell. In a warning sign of what might be in store, a Wall Street rout this week sent the Tokyo's Nikkei share average crashing into bear market territory, underscoring how synchronised Japan is to the global economic cycle.

  • *Global funds underexposed the most to Japan since 2010. *Japan seen as "global cyclical" market; liquid and easy-to-sell. "Japan is a global cyclical market and it's the wrong time in the cycle," said Mark Maribeau, head of global equity at Jennison Associates, one of PGIM's investment arms in Boston, which manages $181 billion in assets.

  • Japan's shrinking labor pool is resulting in a more individualized, merit-based employment system found in the West.

  • Whale meat in Japan

    Japan's commercial whaling will be limited to its own territorial waters and its exclusive economic zone, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

  • *MHI dropping Turkey project after Toshiba exits UK. TOKYO/ PARIS, Dec 21- The possible withdrawal of Japanese conglomerates from nuclear export projects in Britain and Turkey would leave the nuclear newbuild industry open to Russian and Chinese state-owned companies as Western private firms struggle to compete. Last week, Hitachi was reported to be...

  • TOKYO, Dec 21- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet approved on Friday a record $900 billion draft budget for the next fiscal year, boosted by spending to offset the impact of a planned sales tax hike, in a sign that fiscal reform is taking a backseat. The general-account budget for the year starting April 1 is 101.5 trillion yen, and features increased...

  • *Benefits of easing outweigh side-effects- Japan mission chief. TOKYO, Dec 17- Japan should ensure that spending measures to ease the pain on the economy from next year's scheduled sales tax hike are temporary and well-communicated, a senior International Monetary Fund official said on Monday. Paul Cashin, the IMF's mission chief for Japan, also said the...

  • A Toyota Motor worker at the production line in the company's Motomachi plant in Toyota City, Aichi, Japan, on July 26, 2018.

    Japan's ruling coalition lawmakers said on Friday they will give tax breaks to car buyers to offset the impact of a sales tax hike planned for next year.

  • Tourists in kimonos have their photograph taken next to a huge lantern in Senso-ji buddhist temple, on January 19, 2018, in Tokyo.

    Japan's newly loosened immigration rules are a step in the right direction, but they may still be insufficient to mitigate the nation's dwindling workforce, economists warn.

  • Japan, India relationships 'stronger than ever,' says Trump

    President Trump meets with Japan's Shinzo Abe and India's Narendra Modi for a trilateral meeting at the G-20 summit.

  • No scheduled pull aside with Putin: White House

    CNBC's Eamon Javers discusses President Trump's sit-down with Japan's Shinzo Abe at the G-20 summit.

  • Donald Trump announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower in New York City.

    The U.S. president's absence at the ASEAN meeting may signal to regional allies that Washington is not "as committed to Asia" as they would like, said Alex Capri, visiting senior fellow at the National University of Singapore. 

  • A large crowd of people cross an intersection on a rainy day in the Shibuya ward, a popular entertainment and shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, with many billboards visible on nearby buildings, October 13, 2017. 

    Japan's economy contracted 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.