27 Dec '11, 4am

Japan's Noda heads to India on economic mission

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda left for India on Tuesday, where economic ties will be the order of the day as Tokyo looks to shore up a financial friendship. The day after returning from Beijing where the focus was on geopolitical issues -- particularly in the aftermath of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il -- Noda's trip to New Delhi will be heavy on business. In a meeting Wednesday with Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, the two are expected to sign a dollar swap accord worth up to $10 billion, through which Tokyo would provide capital when the rupee plunges against the US unit, local media said. "Emerging economies overall are being shaken by the eurozone sovereign debt crisis," said Tsuyoshi Ueno, a senior economist at NLI Research Institute. "Currencies in emerging economies get volatile when European banks pull out capital," he said. "A dolla...

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