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Japan's coming recession -- Trump to blame, or Abe?

Domestic reform failures magnify the impact of U.S.-China trade war

| Japan

Economic slowdowns are rarely as ill-timed as Japan's latest.

Recession chatter is hitting a fever pitch just as Shinzo Abe seeks another election mandate and hopes to pull off a twice-delayed sales-tax increase. It comes, too, as the prime minister aims to harness the feel-good factor from the new "Reiwa" imperial era to amend the pacifist constitution.

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