25 Aug '11, 1am

Moody's cuts Japan rating, blames revolving door politics: TOKYO - Moody's Investors Service cut its rating on J...

TOKYO - Moody's Investors Service cut its rating on Japan's government debt by one notch to Aa3 from Aa2 yesterday, blaming a build-up of debt since the 2009 global recession and revolving-door political leadership that has hampered effective economic strategies. Japan is preparing to elect its sixth leader in five years to replace unpopular Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who is under fire for his handling of the response to a March tsunami and subsequent radiation crisis. The downgrade, while not out of the blue, served as another reminder of the debt burdens that nearly all of the world's major advanced economies shoulder. The United States lost its top-tier AAA rating from Standard & Poor's earlier this month, and Moody's warned in June that it may downgrade Italy as Europe's sovereign debt crisis festers. Like the US, Japan is also facing increasing criticism over its finan...

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