U.S. President-elect Donald Trump meets with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, rattled by Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric that cast doubt on longstanding U.S. alliances, meets the American president-elect on Thursday for talks whose details were arranged only at the last minute. A day before the afternoon meeting in New York, basic logistics such as the time, the place, and who would be in the room were still up in the air…

Japan’s Abe to meet Philippine’s Duterte after his announcement of his ‘separation’ from U.S.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans private personal meetings with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Tokyo next week, three sources said, seeking to keep him onside with U.S.-led efforts to contain Beijing’s South China Sea ambitions. With Duterte winding up a trip to China where he announced his “separation” from the United States, Abe faces a delicate task to promote the closely aligned security goals of Tokyo and Washington without pushing the Philippine leader deeper into Beijing’s embrace…

Japan’s Abe tackles labor inequality at the center of his policy agenda

When Fumiko Kasai returned to work a decade ago she found Japan’s job market was very different to the one she had left in the 1980s to raise her four children. Kasai, who had enjoyed a well-paid full-time job with a car firm before giving up work when she married, is now a temporary worker at a butcher’s. Earning 200,000 yen ($1,835) a month, her hourly pay is around half that of a full-time worker doing the same job…

Japan’s Abe plans to delay sales tax hike until October 2019: government official

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to delay an increase in sales tax by two and a half years, a government official said on Sunday, as the economy sputters and Abe prepares for a national election. Abe told Finance Minister Taro Aso and the secretary general of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Sadakazu Tanigaki, on Saturday of his plan to propose delaying the tax hike for a second time, until October 2019, said the official, who was briefed on the meeting…

Top 10 Weekly Forex Market Headlines – 11.21.2014

1. Japan falls into recession; PM Abe to delay sales tax hike, call snap election November 17, Japan has unexpectedly sunk into recession in the third quarter, raising the prospect of a snap election as the country’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, attempts to secure a mandate to breathe life into the world’s third biggest economy. […]

Daily Forex Market Review 09/24/14 (+51 pips)

Today’s Trade Result: +51 pips July 2013: +160 pips June 2013: +336 pips May 2013: -50.5 pips April 2013: +851.5 pips March 2013: +327.5 pips February 2013: +127.5 pips January 2013: +1107.5 pips December 2012: +29 pips November 2012: +35.5 pips October 2012: +259.5 pips September 2012: +112.5 pips August 2012: +365.5 pips July 2012: […]

Daily Forex Market Review 09/19/14 (+45 pips)

Today’s Trade Result: +45 pips July 2013: +160 pips June 2013: +336 pips May 2013: -50.5 pips April 2013: +851.5 pips March 2013: +327.5 pips February 2013: +127.5 pips January 2013: +1107.5 pips December 2012: +29 pips November 2012: +35.5 pips October 2012: +259.5 pips September 2012: +112.5 pips August 2012: +365.5 pips July 2012: […]

Japan could hike sales tax in a staged manner: Abe’s adviser Hamada

(Reuters) – Japan could soften the impact of a planned sales tax increase by raising it in stages rather than IN a single hike, an outside adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday. Koichi Hamada, professor emeritus of economics at Yale University…

Australia, Japan sign economic partnership pact, military deal

(Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Australian counterpart Tony Abbott on Tuesday signed an economic partnership pact as well as an agreement on military equipment and technology transfers, a week after Abe loosened curbs on Japan’s military. Earlier Abe told Australia’s parliament that the two nations were launching a “special relationship”…

Top 10 Weekly Forex Market Headlines – 06.27.2014

1. China flash manufacturing PMI rises to 50.8, first expansion in 6 months June 23, Activity in China’s factory sector expanded in June for the first time in six months as new orders surged, a preliminary HSBC survey showed on Monday, offering new signs the economy is stabilizing thanks to Beijing’s measures to shore up […]

Japan’s PM Abe unveils ‘third arrow’ economic reform plan

(Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a package of measures on Tuesday aimed at boosting Japan’s long-term economic growth, from phased-in corporate tax cuts to a bigger role for women and foreign workers, but applause from investors is likely to be muted after Tokyo backpedalled on bolder reforms…

EU, Japan to finalize free trade deal in 2015: Japan’s PM Abe

(Reuters) – The European Union and Japan have agreed to try to wrap-up free-trade negotiations next year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday, following an EU-Japan summit in Brussels. “We confirmed the importance of an early conclusion and 2015 is the target date for a basic agreement,” Abe told a news conference with European Union leaders…

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