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Impact of Korean conflict set to remain limited

The tensions between Korea and Japan are unlikely to end anytime soon. That suggests that tourist arrivals may fall further and Koreans will continue to boycott Japanese consumer goods. However, Japan’s shipments to Korea are dominated by intermediate products and those exports have fallen less sharply. We estimate that the conflict will reduce Japan’s GDP by no more than 0.1% this year.
Marcel Thieliant Senior Japan, Australia & New Zealand Economist
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