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Will Japan’s haven status hold up amid North Korean tensions?

“The South Korean won USDKRW, -0.14% would, of course, suffer in case of a war as the nation would face physical confrontations along its Northern border” writes Anneken Tappe for marketwatch.com. The relationship between the Japanese currency and risk aversion is based on Japan’s so-called current accounts — a broad gauge of the country’s trade in goods and services, including employee wages and income from investments. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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7 countries at risk of becoming ‘demographic time bombs’

“People are working longer hours, fertility rates are falling, and future economies are being put at risk” writes Chris Weller for businessinsider.com. The country’s population is falling faster than ever before, and it’s prompted economists to call the nation a “demographic time bomb” — defined as a place where fertility rates are falling at the same time that longevity is increasing. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Japan at Top of the Growth Table Among G-7 Peers

“Kathy Matsui, vice chair and chief Japan equity strategist at Goldman Sachs, discusses Japan’s second-quarter GDP figures, wage growth, corporate profitability and her outlook for markets and the Bank of Japan” writes Yoshiaki Nohara for bloomberg.com. Private consumption adjusted for inflation, which accounts for about 57 percent of real GDP, gained 0.9 percent from the first quarter.So far, inflation has lagged behind growth, even amid the tightest labor market in decades. Source: bloomberg.com Share This:

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Bitcoin Price Holds above $4,000 , Boosted by Japan and Geopolitical Turmoil

“He stated on Twitter that bitcoin price upticks and Google searches historically have led to price corrections” writes unknown author for cryptocoinsnews.com. Bitcoin price hit an all-time high of $4,225.40 early Sunday before falling slightly back near $4,000 later in the day.Other analysts also noted increased investor interest after bitcoin successfully survived the Aug. 1 split into bitcoin and bitcoin cash.Throughout June and July, Keiser continuously laid out possible factors that could push bitcoin price over the $4,000 region and potentially to the $5,000 mark. Source: cryptocoinsnews.com Share This:

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Bitcoin vaults to new record above $4K, boosted by Japan and multiplying its value fourfold

“The digital currency bitcoin vaulted to a new record high above $4000 on Saturday, boosted by strong Japanese demand on its way to multiplying its value fourfold this year” writes Evelyn Cheng for cnbc.com. Analysts have also noted increased investor interest, especially from institutional investors, after bitcoin successfully survived an Aug. 1 split into bitcoin and bitcoin cash.US-dollar bitcoin trade accounted for about 25 percent, according to CryptoCompare.Bitcoin trade in Japanese yen accounted for nearly 46 percent of global trade volume, up from about a third a day ago, according…

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Mapped: U.S. and Allied Missile Defenses Against North Korea

“Another option is Aegis Ashore, a naval tracking and missile defense system that has been converted to a land defense battery” writes Jeffrey Lewis for foreignpolicy.com. The Japanese don’t have any other land-based missile defense systems, but have been looking into purchasing the THAAD missile interceptor, which the United States deployed to South Korea earlier this year.Faced with North Korean threats to launch medium-range ballistic missiles over Japanese airspace and toward Guam in coming days, Japan is scrambling to move four Patriot missile defense batteries to its western shores, defense…

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Bitcoin Adoption Drastically Increases in Japan Despite Recent Hard Fork

“However, the bitcoin market and industry used the hard fork as a trigger to establish momentum and continue to increase in value” writes unknown author for cryptocoinsnews.com. Despite the recent hard fork, which many analysts predicted it would lead to a decline in bitcoin adoption and downward trend for bitcoin price, leading economies in Japan are seeing drastic increase in mainstream adoption and perhaps most importantly, the market is demonstrating confidence towards bitcoin.The Japanese bitcoin industry in particular, demonstrated exponential growth rate in terms of merchant adoption and daily trading…

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On A-bomb anniversary, Nagasaki mayor issues dire warning to nuclear powers

“Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue urged nuclear states to abandon such weapons and criticized Japan’s government for not taking part in the global effort toward a nuclear ban” writes Associated Press for latimes.com. Op-Ed: 72 years after the bombing of Nagasaki, there are 15,000 nuclear weapons in the world. Amid growing tension between the United States and North Korea, the mayor of Nagasaki, Japan, said Wednesday at a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of his city that the fear of another nuclear attack is growing. Source: latimes.com…

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ArenaFX becomes latest Japanese broker to terminate MT4 offering

“Retail FX broker Arena-FX Co., Ltd, aka ArenaFX, has become the latest Japanese Forex company to stop offering the MetaTrader 4 (MT4) platform to its clients” reports financefeeds.com. That is why it is rarely surprising when Japanese FX brokers put an end to a service that is not originally Japanese. It will be interesting to see whether Japanese brokers will adopt MT5 in place of MT4. Source: financefeeds.com Share This:

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