Japan to Boost Lending to Asian Emerging Markets

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Saturday that his country will relax the conditions in carrying out its yen loan scheme for emerging countries in Asia, as Japan seeks to boost its economy through infrastructure exports to the fast-growing region.

“The pace of growth in Asia is gaining steam with each passing year. (Implementation of) yen loans should not be left behind by this speed,” Abe said in a speech at a business and investment summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, as leaders of ASEAN and their dialogue partners including Japan gathered in Kuala Lumpur for a series of summits.

Tokyo’s move to review its yen loan scheme to make it more acceptable to potential partner countries is seen as a countermeasure to Beijing, which has tapped into the huge infrastructure development needs of Asia, especially after Japan lost a key Indonesian high-speed railway contract to China.

via Mainichi

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Alfonso Esparza

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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