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Second wave impacts to differ in Korea and Japan

Both Korea and Japan are experiencing second waves, but a stronger shift in consumer behaviour in Korea means the outbreak there is likely to have a larger impact on growth. As such, we’ve revised down our GDP forecast for Korea but kept it the same for Japan.
Tom Learmouth Japan Economist
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