Nikkei at 8-mth highs, Wall St rally makes markets less edgy over trade

By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, Sep 21 : Japan’s Nikkei advanced to fresh eight-month highs led by an upbeat Wall Street performance, with commodity stocks rising as investors appeared to gravitate to the view that the U.S.-China trade row would be less damaging to growth than first feared. The Nikkei share average gained 0.8 percent to […]

Japan PM Abe wins extended term, faces Trump trade challenge

By Linda Sieg and Leika Kihara TOKYO, Sept 20 : Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, putting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and to try to cement his legacy, including by revision of the country’s pacifist, post-war constitution. If Abe, who quit abruptly after a troubled […]

Japan’s Abe to face Trump trade challenge after likely win in party vote

By Linda Sieg and Leika Kihara TOKYO, Sep 20 : Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was expected to win a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the pacifist constitution. First, however, he must confront the immediate challenge of […]

Ageing Japan: Military recruiters struggle as applicant pool dries up

By Linda Sieg and Ami Miyazaki TOKYO, Sept 19 : As a Japanese military recruiter sat patiently at a booth outside a supermarket in northern Tokyo one recent weekend, she welcomed a rare visitor, high school student Kazuaki Matsumura. But Matsumura, who plans to go to university, wasn’t there to sign up. He was just […]

BOJ sanguine about economic outlook as exports firm, but trade risks grow

By Leika Kihara and Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO, Sept 19 : Japan’s exports rose in August and its central bank kept its view the economy was expanding modestly, but policy makers and analysts warned of risks to the outlook from a US-led trade war that some fear could chill global investment and growth. The Bank of […]