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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pledged to never again wage war on the anniversary of Japan’s World War Two surrender, while members of his cabinet marked the date with visits to a controversial shrine, moves set to anger China and South Korea.
With the Yasukuni Shrine seen as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism, Tokyo’s ties with China are already particularly strained this year after Beijing conducted unprecedented military exercises around Taiwan following the visit there by U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this month.
During the drills, several missiles fell in waters inside Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone. read more
The anniversary commemoration’s links to Yasukuni, a site that honours 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal, as well as war dead, saw Kishida face a tricky balancing act on Monday.
On the dovish side of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), his task was to avoid irking international neighbours and partners while still keeping the more right-wing members of the party happy – particularly after the killing of former premier Shinzo Abe last month. read more
Kishida sent an offering to the central Tokyo shrine without visiting, Kyodo news agency reported. He also sent offerings to Yasukuni during festivals last year and this spring.
“We will never again repeat the horrors of war. I will continue to live up to this determined oath,” Kishida told a secular gathering elsewhere in Tokyo, also attended by Emperor Naruhito.
“In a world where conflicts are still unabated, Japan is a proactive leader in peace,” he said.
Footage on broadcaster NHK showed the shrine being visited early on Monday by several cabinet ministers, including Economic Security Minister Sanae Takaichi. Earlier the site was visited by Koichi Hagiuda, the head of the LDP’s policy research council and a key ally of slain former prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
“It is natural for any country to pay respect to those who gave their lives for their country,” chief cabinet secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said earlier on Monday. “Japan will continue to strengthen its relations with its neighbours, including China and South Korea.”
A group of lawmakers that normally visit en masse on Aug 15 said last week they would not do so due to a recent surge in coronavirus cases.
Abe was the last prime minister in recent memory to visit Yasukuni while in office, in 2013 – a visit that outraged both China and South Korea and even drew a rebuke from its close ally the United States.
The United States and Japan have become staunch security allies in the decades since the war’s end, but its legacy still haunts East Asia.
Koreans, who mark the date as National Liberation Day, resent Japan’s 1910-1945 colonisation of the peninsula, while China has bitter memories of imperial troops’ invasion and occupation of parts of the country from 1931-1945.
Kishida has pledged to substantially increase Japan’s defence budget, citing the increasingly tense regional security environment, but made no mention in a recent speech of one of Abe’s dreams – revising the country’s pacifist constitution – although he has spoken of it before.
China’s economy unexpectedly slowed in July, data showed on Monday, with factory and retail activity squeezed by Beijing’s zero-COVID policy and a property crisis, while the central bank surprised markets with key lending rates cuts to revive demand.
Industrial output grew 3.8% in July from a year earlier, after expanding 3.9% in June, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed. That compared with a 4.6% increase expected by analysts in a Reuters poll.
Retail sales, which only turned positive in June, rose 2.7% from a year ago, greatly missing analysts’ forecast for 5.0% growth and below the 3.1% growth seen in June.
The world’s second-biggest economy narrowly escaped a contraction in the June quarter, hobbled by the lockdown of the commercial hub of Shanghai, a deepening downturn in the property market and persistently soft consumer spending.
However, risks to growth abound as many Chinese cities, including manufacturing hubs and popular tourist spots, imposed lockdown measures in July after fresh outbreaks of the more transmissible Omicron variant were found. read more
The property sector, which has been further rocked by a mortgage boycott that weighed on buyers’ sentiment, deteriorated in July. Property investment tumbled 12.3% in July, the fastest rate this year, while the drop in new sales deepened to 28.9%.
“All economic data disappointed in July, with the exception being exports. Loan demand from the real economy remained weak, suggesting cautious outlook for the months ahead,” said Nie Wen, Shanghai-based economist at Hwabao Trust, adding that COVID outbreaks and the heatwaves in July weighed on activity.
Nie lowered his forecast for three-quarter gross domestic product growth by 1 percentage point after the data release to 4-4.5%.
“Now it is looking increasingly challenging to even achieve the 5-5.5% growth in the second half.”
Chinese policymakers are trying balance shoring up a fragile recovery and eradicating emerging COVID clusters with the economy expected to miss its official growth target this year – set at around 5.5% – for the first time since 2015. read more
Fixed asset investment, which Beijing had hoped would drive growth in the second half as exports soften, grew 5.7% in the first seven months of the year from the same period a year earlier, versus a forecast 6.2% rise and down from a 6.1% jump in January-June.
The employment situation remained fragile. The nationwide survey-based jobless rate eased slightly to 5.4% in July from 5.5% in June, although youth unemployment stayed stubbornly high, reaching a record 19.9% in July.
In order to prop up growth, the central bank on Monday unexpectedly lowered interest rates on key lending facilities for the second time this year. New yuan loans tumbled by more than expected in July as companies and consumers stayed wary of taking on debt, data showed on Friday. read more [nL1N2ZQ0FO]
Wang Jun, economist at Zhongyuan Bank, believe authorities will focus on implementing existing policies, rather than roll out aggressive new stimulus.
“We are now facing a typical liquidity trap problem. No matter how loose the credit supply is, companies and consumers are cautious in taking on more debt,” Wang said. “Some of them are now even paying back their debt in advance. This may herald a recession.”
Japan’s economy expanded an annualised 2.2% in the April-June period to mark the third straight quarter of expansion on solid private consumption, government data showed on Monday.
The increase in gross domestic product (GDP) was slower than a median market forecast for a 2.5% expansion. It translated into quarterly growth of 0.5% against market forecasts for a 0.6% rise.
Private consumption rose 1.1% in the April-June period from the previous quarter, compared with a median market forecast for a 1.3% increase, the data showed.