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Japan places banks in state control

JAPAN YESTERDAY took a key step towards resolving the debt crisis in its banking system when politicians agreed to put the weakest banks - including the troubled Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (LTCB) - under state control.

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OFFICIALS FROM the Group of Seven leading economies hold an emergency meeting in London today with one item on the agenda: how to respond to the crisis that toppled the South-east Asian tigers a year ago, reached Russia this summer, has just landed in Brazil and now looks certain to knock on to us. Leaders of the Western world have decided it is finally time for action.

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TOKYO - Friday was a good day, or maybe a bad one depending on your point of reference, to be in the Ministry of Finance in Tokyo. On the wall of the office of one of its top officials was a large electronic panel showing what was happening on the markets. As we spoke, the Nikkei index had plunged to below 13,000, its 5 per cent fall the worst performance this year - and that after a fall on Thursday, despite a cut in Japanese interest rates.

Japanese rate cut surprises markets

JAPAN HALVED a key interest rate to 0.25 per cent yesterday in an attempt to stimulate its flagging economy - a surprise development which saw the dollar make its biggest one-day gain against the yen for three years.

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Tokyo weighs nationalised bank

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IT HAS not been the greatest of weeks on the economic front, has it? Russia, Japan and, I suppose, the UK all managed to generate troubling headlines, and the markets duly responded in their standard way.

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