Japan elections: Will Abenomics help Shinzo Abe win?

  • 19 October 2017
  • From the section Business
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Image caption Shinzo Abe's campaign election draws to a close this weekend

The Japanese stock market has seen the longest winning streak since 1988.

Big Japanese manufacturers are the most upbeat they've been in a decade.

And Japan's economy has seen the sixth straight quarter of growth - again, the longest in a decade.

No wonder then that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be feeling pretty confident about his chances of victory at this weekend's elections.

But how much of the economy's feel good factors are down to his Abenomics policies?

What is Abenomics?

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What word did Kim Jong-un utter the most last weekend?

  • 10 October 2017
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Kim Jong-un's speech over the weekend to members of his politburo saw his sister being promoted, but he also talked about his priorities for the future. What were they?

I know what you're thinking. It must be nuclear, right?

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What's the economic impact of a Korean conflict?

  • 4 October 2017
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Image caption A conflict on the Korean peninsula would hit trade and growth in the region, the World Bank says

The World Bank's latest economic outlook for East Asia and Pacific shows growth is broadly positive, emerging economies will do well and China is a bit of a risk. Textbook stuff.

However, there was one thing that stood out to me - the bank's analysis of what would happen to the region's economies if real conflict broke out on the Korean peninsula.

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Trump-Thailand talks: What to expect?

  • 2 October 2017
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Image caption US President Donald Trump

You know those awkward dinner parties when the two people you didn't invite are all anyone can talk about?

Well, imagine for a moment the conversation between Thailand's Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, and the US President Donald Trump.

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What's behind the Tata-Thyssenkrupp merger?

  • 20 September 2017
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The merger between India's Tata Steel and Germany's Thyssenkrupp will create Europe's second-largest steel maker, behind only ArcelorMittal.

It comes against the backdrop of consolidation in the steel sector in Europe - an industry that has increasingly been plagued by low prices and overcapacity - partially because of excess supply from Chinese steelmakers.

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Was your T-shirt made in North Korea?

  • 12 September 2017
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North Korea's textile industry is the latest to come under UN sanctions.

It might surprise you to know that some products sold as "made in China" were actually made across the border in North Korea.

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Uber in Asia: 'Here to stay'

  • 11 September 2017
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The new boss of Uber in Asia has said there is no way it will sell out of the ride-hailing business in this region. His first detailed comments about his strategy come as the firm struggles against competitors and its tarnished global brand.

L Brooks Entwistle, Uber Asia Pacific's new chief business officer has acknowledged that the firm's reputation has taken a knock over sexual harassment scandals in the US, but added that he is focused on fixing these issues and growing the Asia market aggressively.

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What if Trump cut ties with North Korea's trade partners?

  • 4 September 2017
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How realistic is cutting off trade ties with all of the countries that do business with North Korea?

This is what US President Donald Trump has threatened on Twitter following North Korea's sixth nuclear test, its biggest so far and one it claims is the successful test of a hydrogen bomb.

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May in Japan: How much does Japan want a UK trade deal?

  • 30 August 2017
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The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, is in Japan for a three-day visit to drum up business and trade opportunities. Her main aim is to try to convince Japan that London and Tokyo are perfect partners for the post-Brexit world.

But, here's a Reality Check on why she may find it a hard sell.

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Is Japan's economy bouncing back?

  • 30 August 2017
  • From the section Asia

Japan may be the world's third largest economy, but since the stock market crash in the early '90s it has endured decades of falling prices and sluggish growth.

But that may be changing.

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