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Japan and South Korea will be biggest losers in US-China currency war

ASEAN countries will also be collateral damage as demand falls and exports are hit

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The yen's rise reduces the odds Japan Inc. will fatten paychecks. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

A week ago, Tokyo and Seoul seemed two proud and determined governments, coming to policy blows in the name of national honor and economic equity. Now, Asia's second and fourth biggest economies are victims of a Chinese devaluation in response to Donald Trump's trade war.

I doubt Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has phoned South Korea's Moon Jae-in to compare notes. But their economies will arguably experience the worst collateral damage as Trump's tariffs ricochet through China's economy. The knock-on effects have only just begun, not only in North Asia but throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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