Container trucks seen at a port in Tokyo. Associated Press
Japan pushed back on Tuesday against calls from South Korea to scrap restrictions on high-tech exports to its Asian neighbour, as a diplomatic row over forced wartime labour escalates between the two key US allies.
South Korea’s president said on Wednesday Japan’s export curbs on key materials used by South Korean technology firms could be prolonged and Seoul will help companies reduce their reliance on Japanese suppliers.
Japan’s economy contracted slightly in the first quarter as corporate and consumer spending weakened, a Reuters poll showed on Friday. Exports also deteriorated amid trade disputes and weaker global demand, hurting the trade-reliant economy. Gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to have fallen 0.2% in January-March on an annualised basis,
Confirmation of a new Brexit deal sent sterling to a five-month high on Thursday and hoisted European stocks to a year-and-a-half peak, before familiar doubts about British parliamentary support for the agreement hauled them back.
Emirates NBD Bank on Thursday announced that it proposes to raise Dhs6.45 billion via a rights share offering to strengthen its capital base and support the future growth of the business.
The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc), Adani Group, BASF SE and Borealis AG have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, to engage in a joint feasibility study to further evaluate a collaboration