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Japan to issue business improvement order to Mizuho after system failures

via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

Japan's financial regulators are set to issue a business improvement order against Mizuho Financial Group Inc. and its banking arm Mizuho Bank over a string of system failures this year. | REUTERS

The administrative measure comes after seven system failures have occurred at the Japanese megabank this year.

China’s high-tech push seeks to reassert global factory dominance

By Kevin Tao
- via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

Employees work on assembling an automated guided vehicle at a Lanyu Robot Co. factory in Tianjin, China, on Sept. 7. | REUTERS

Beijing's pivot puts the focus on advanced manufacturing, rather than the services sector, to steer the world's second-largest economy past the so-called "middle income trap."

Evergrande to make bond coupon payment, easing market jitters

via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

A man walks past a housing complex by embattled Chinese property developer Evergrande in Guangzhou on Friday. | AFP-JIJI

The announcement of the payment comes as Evergrande, once China's top-selling developer, inches closer to a key deadline for an interest payment on a dollar ...

BOJ keeps policy steady, offering bleaker view on exports and output

via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

Haruhiko Kuroda | REUTERS

The central bank decided to set short-term interest rates at minus 0.1% while guiding 10-year government bond yields around 0% to keep borrowing costs low ...

SoftBank to be ‘more cautious’ with investments in China, CEO says

By Pavel Alpeyev,Angelina Rascouet
- via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

While becoming increasingly cautious about investing in China, Softbank Group Corp. said it has no intention to stop funding startups in the country. | BLOOMBERG

The Japanese group’s stock came under pressure in recent weeks as a widening crackdown by Beijing regulators on China’s tech sector battered the value of ...

German auto giants place their bets on the underdog: Hydrogen cars

By Nick Carey
- via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

BMW is hydrogen's biggest proponent among Germany's carmakers, charting a path to a mass-market model around 2030. | AFP-JIJI

Germany is betting billions on hydrogen fuels in sectors like steel and chemicals to meet climate targets, but it could take years before any significant ...

Tokyo stocks extend losses as caution prevails

via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

The 225-issue Nikkei average dropped 200.31 points, or 0.67%, on Wednesday, finishing at 29,639.40. | REUTERS

The outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting and the possible collapse of the Chinese real estate conglomerate Evergrande Group has given Tokyo investors ...

China’s overseas coal power retreat could wipe out $50 billion in investment

via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

A coal-fired heating complex in Harbin, China, in 2019. Beijing is under international pressure to end overseas coal financing as part of its updated climate pledges to the United Nations. | REUTERS

Xi Jinping has promised to "strictly control" new domestic coal power capacity from 2021 to 2025, but China won't begin reducing consumption until 2026.

Taiwan applies to join Pacific trade deal just days after China

By Miaojung Lin,Bryce Baschuk,James Mayger
- via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen at an event earlier this month.  | BLOOMBERG

Taiwan already has free trade deals with two of the members — New Zealand and Singapore — and has been working toward joining the trade ...

Dollar recoups some losses to move around ¥109.45 in Tokyo

via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

The dollar approached ¥109.60 at one point, following rebounds in Chinese stocks and premarket U.S. stock index futures.

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