Asia’s financial safety net is a work in progress

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A light earthquake magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) strikes...33 kilometers (21 miles) from Namie in Japan on...Sunday. Event id: us10007cqd. Ids that are...associated to the earthquake: us10007cqd. Exact...location, longitude 141.3438° East, latitude...37.3555° North, depth ... ( read original story ...)


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Among exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that seek to...provide exposure to Japanese markets, ETFs that...track the Nikkei are fairly rare. Many ETFs that...track the Japanese market track the MSCI Japan...Index, the Nasdaq AlphaDEX Japan Index, or the...FTSE Japan 100% ... ( read original story ...)


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YOKOHAMA -- The finance ministers and central bank...chiefs of Japan, China and South Korea issued a...joint statement Friday opposing protectionism and...promoting currency cooperation among Asian...countries. "We will resist all forms of...protectionism," the ... ( read original story ...)