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US policy risks raining on Japan Inc.'s parade

Protectionism fears dampen optimism over renewed growth

TOKYO -- An earnings upswing has done little to ease the minds of many Japanese executives, whose worries include the consequences of American economic policy under President Donald Trump.

Konica Minolta, which released October-December earnings Tuesday, enjoyed brisk U.S. sales. But senior executive officer Seiji Hatano is not sanguine about the market outlook. "Some American companies are putting off investment decisions to see what the Trump administration does," Hatano said.

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