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Japan manufacturers' mood hits three-year low

TOKYO: Japanese manufacturers' business confidence hit a three-year low in July, highlighting the fragility of the export-led economy as external demand slackens in the face of cooling global growth and trade friction, the Reuters Tankan showed.

Japan weighing downgrade of economic view

TOKYO: Japan’s government is considering downgrading its assessment of the economy next week as the intensifying Sino-US trade war takes a toll on exports and factory output, a government source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Small firms dying out in ageing Japan

JAPAN’S small firms, many of which are “mom-and-pop” operations, are dying out as their ageing owners struggle to find successors, in another sign that a fast-ageing population is taking its toll on the world’s third-largest economy.

Children here don't want their family business

In Japan ageing population, running a family business means having to face the possibility of not finding a successor and shutting down.

Small Japan firms dying out as ageing owners struggle to find successors

TOKYO: Japan's small firms, many of which are "mom-and-pop" operations, are dying out as their ageing owners struggle to find successors, in another sign that the fast-ageing population is taking its toll on the world's third-largest economy.

Japan to monitor FX markets more closely

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has instructed Finance Minister Taro Aso to watch currency markets “ever more closely” and take steps if necessary, in the wake of Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union.

BoJ upbeat despite slowdown

TOKYO: The Bank of Japan (BoJ) stuck to its existing monetary stimulus, confident that it did not need further support measures to beat chronic deflation even as a sales tax hike clouds the economic outlook.

Tokyo shares to test 10,000 points level this week

TOKYO: SHARES will test the 10,000 points level this as investors eye firms' recovery from the March 11 disasters, ahead of the Bank of Japan's 'tankan' business survey, dealers said Friday.

Economists see further fall in Malaysia’s exports

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia's exports continued to contract year-on-year in May as the bottoming-out process worked its way through the global economy.

Exports to enjoy slight growth in third quarter

The outlook for the country's exports continues to be bleak, at least until the third quarter when it may register a slight growth, as battered economies around the world start to pick up the pieces from the worst recession since the 1930s.