24 Aug '11, 12am

Moody's cuts Japan debt rating

TOKYO: Ratings agency Moody's downgraded Japan's sovereign rating by one notch Wednesday, heaping more pressure on the country's political leaders to address the industrialised world's largest debt. Moody's cut Japan's government bond rating to Aa3 from Aa2, citing "large budget deficits and the build-up in Japanese government debt since the 2009 global recession" compounded by weak post-quake growth prospects. The new rating puts Japan on a par with China. Moody's said the outlook was stable, after warning in May that it might downgrade Japan over concerns over policy responses to the massive debt. It said frequent leadership changes prevented Japan from setting long-term debt reduction strategies, days before the nation was due to see its sixth new leader in five years with Prime Minister Naoto Kan set to resign amid discontent over his handling of the March 11 disasters...

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