Nikkei drops more than 1 pct on stronger yen, Trump’s ‘America first’ policy

By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, Jan 23 : Japan’s Nikkei share average dropped more than 1 percent on Monday as shares of exporters fell on a stronger yen, while sentiment was subdued on concerns over newly sworn-in U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade view. The Nikkei dropped 1.3 percent to 18,886.00 in midmorning trade. Exporters dropped, […]

Japan Inc believes Abe, Trump don’t want to see excessive yen weakness – Reuters poll

By Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO, Jan 23 : Japanese companies believe that neither U.S. President Donald Trump nor Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe want to see the yen weaken significantly, a Reuters poll showed, a development they worry could spark an unwelcome political backlash. The Reuters Corporate Survey, conducted Jan. 4-17, also found that Japanese firms […]

Japan threatens India with WTO on steel as Trump era heralds rising trade tensions

By Yuka Obayashi TOKYO, Jan 20 : Japan is threatening to take India to the WTO over restrictions that nearly halved its steel exports to the South Asian nation over the past year, a step that could trigger more trade spats as global tensions over steel and other commodities run high. Such action is rare […]

Nikkei bounces from 6-week low, financials lead gains

By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO, Jan 19 : Japan’s Nikkei share average rebounded from a six-week low on Thursday, with financial stocks cheered by the rise in U.S. bond yields after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signalled a solid pace of interest rate hikes. In a generally slow morning session ahead of the looming inauguration of […]

Nikkei hits 5-week low on stronger yen, investors wary of Trump

By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO, Jan 18 : Japanese stocks fell to five-week lows on Wednesday, hurt by the yen’s rapid appreciation and as investors were cautious ahead of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. The Nikkei share average was down 0.35 percent at 18,747.66 after touching 18,650.33, its lowest level since Dec. 9. The […]

Thousands of Fukushima evacuees face hardship as subsidies to be slashed

By Elaine Lies TOKYO, Jan 17 : Nearly six years after Noriko Matsumoto and her children fled Japan’s Fukushima region, fearing for their health after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, they confront a new potential hardship – the slashing of vital housing subsidies. Matsumoto is among nearly 27,000 people who left areas not designated […]