Japan’s rugby players celebrate after their shock victory over Ireland on September 28. Japan is having a successful stint as host of the World Cup but its economy is in a ruck. Photo: Reuters
Neal Kimberley
Opinion

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Macroscope by Neal Kimberley

Rugby World Cup and US trade deal successes can’t hide Japan’s economic troubles

  • Japan has much to celebrate, in rugby and trade. But challenges remain: its cars are still exposed to US tariffs, exports are plummeting and interest rates are due to stay flat, driving banks to greater risks in search of profit

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Japan’s rugby players celebrate after their shock victory over Ireland on September 28. Japan is having a successful stint as host of the World Cup but its economy is in a ruck. Photo: Reuters
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Japan is about to have the international spotlight shone on its itself, for better or worse. Photo: EPA
Patrick Blennerhassett
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Patrick Blennerhassett

Rugby World Cup 2019: Japan’s moment in the sun begins now as country enters crucial phase as modern nation

  • The land of the rising sun is set to have its moment in the sun, but an ageing population and dwindling workforce have the country’s leaders on edge
  • With the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Summer Olympics, Japan has a chance to showcase the best of its culture to the world

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Japan is about to have the international spotlight shone on its itself, for better or worse. Photo: EPA
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