Japan's economy is back on track after higher growth in the first quarter.
The world's third-largest economy has slid into reverse for the first time in two years as a result of sluggish consumption and seasonal factors. But experts said it was not the beginning of a longer downswing.
More economic indicators are pointing to a slowdown of the German economy. Fresh industrial output and exports data showed that Europe's powerhouse started the second quarter of 2018 on a weak footing.
In a recent speech in Berlin, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said his vision of unification with the North could follow the example of Germany. But with China next door, not many see that happening any time soon.
Fresh trade figures from China have shown that heavily criticized trade imbalances between the world's two leading economies have grown. The White House will not be amused by Beijing's renewed export drive.
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