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Japan's Self-Defense Policies Hampered by History

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) are negotiating with their coalition partner, Komeito, to introduce legislation recognising a limited exercise of collective self-defence. There is rising anxiety about Japan’s neighbours’ perception of this endeavor and what effect this will have on regional stability, given the Abe cabinet’s right-wing revisionist views of Japan’s history.

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Investors Start the Week Waiting for Economic Data

With several central bank meetings this week, including the Federal Reserve, and Q1 GDP figures from the UK, US and Spain, and month-end position adjustments, ahead of the May 1 holiday, it promises to be an eventful week.  However, it gets off to a slow start.  The US dollar is firmer, but largely confined to its pre-weekend ranges.   The US dollar is trading within a range around a half a big figure against all the major currencies.

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Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people.
Wendell Philips
He who controls the money supply of a nation controls the nation.
James A. Garfield
The moment that government appears at market, the principles of the market will be subverted.
Edmund Burke