Japan protests call for emperor to apologize to Korean 'comfort women'

Japan said on Tuesday it had lodged a complaint with South Korea and after a Korean lawmaker said the Japanese emperor should apologize to “comfort women” forced to serve in Japanese military brothels in World War Two. Relations between Japan and South Korea, both U.S. allies, have amid an intensifying row over their wartime history. South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang said in an interview with Bloomberg last week Japanese Emperor Akihito, “as the son of the main culprit of war crimes”, should apologize to the women before he steps down at the end of April.

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Debenhams Gets Breathing Room With 40 Million-Pound Credit Deal

The company also announced an agreement with export and logistics company Li & Fung Ltd. on a sourcing partnership for Debenhams own-brand products. The deal “will help us anticipate and respond more quickly to trends and our customers’ preferences, as well as delivering better quality product,� Chief Executive Officer Sergio Bucher said in a statement Tuesday. Debenhams, laden with debt, has been caught up in the sweeping decline of the U.K.’s traditional downtown retailers.

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Former Fed Chair Paul Volcker takes Trump to task on taxes, trade

“We have not been on a constructive track,â€� Volcker told Bridgewater co-chief investment officer Ray Dalio, in a podcast video released on Tuesday. “I think that’s fair to say.â€� Volcker, widely credited with ending the high levels of inflation seen in the United States during the 1970s and early 1980s, said Trump’s big tax cuts and spending increases underscore the lack of transparency of the president’s administration. Whatever you think about that tax bill, it shouldn’t have been rammed through Congress without any debates at midnight on Dec. 31,â€� Volcker said.

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Five takeaways from Trump's El Paso rally on border wall, shutdown talks

President Trump held his first rally of the year Monday, using the backdrop of El Paso, Texas, to make a case for his controversial border wall.

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E-cigarette use 'skyrocketing' among young Americans: report

The number of young Americans using e-cigarettes grew by 1.5 million in 2018, undermining years of progress in reducing youth smoking, health authorities said Monday. Some 3.6 million middle and high school students were current users of vaping products, up from 2.1 million the year before, according to the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC said the number of current cigarette smokers and consumers of other tobacco products in middle and high school remained roughly stable from 2017 to 2018.

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Wall St. set to extend record run as ‘Trump trade’ rekindles

The three main U.S. stock indexes closed at record highs on Thursday and Friday as optimism about the economy rose after President Donald Trump vowed to make a major tax announcement in the next few weeks. The S&P 500 has surged 8.3 percent since Trump's Nov. 8 election, fueled by expectations he will lower corporate taxes, reduce regulations and increase infrastructure spending. The rally had stalled amid concerns over Trump's protectionist stance and lack of clarity on policy reforms.

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Citing Trump and Brexit, EU sees euro zone economy risk, sharp drop in UK growth

The European Commission said on Monday that uncertainty about U.S. policies, Brexit and elections in Germany and France would take their toll on the euro zone economy this year. It forecast euro zone economic growth to lose some speed this year before rebounding in 2018. The British economy will nearly halve its expansion by 2018, the European Union executive said in a broad series of economic forecasts.

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U.S. trial set over bitcoin exchange linked to JPMorgan hack probe

A Florida software engineer and a New Jersey pastor are expected on Monday to face trial in a case stemming from an investigation into a bitcoin exchange and a data breach at JPMorgan Chase & Co . Jury selection is set to begin in Manhattan federal court in the case of Yuri Lebedev, who authorities call the architect of bitcoin exchange Coin.mx's electronic platform, and Trevon Gross, a pastor and ex-chairman of a now-defunct credit union.

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Samsung chief appears for second round of questions in graft probe

Samsung Group leader Jay Y. Lee appeared at the South Korean special prosecutor's office for questioning on Monday as part of a wider investigation into an influence-peddling scandal that could topple President Park Geun-hye. The special prosecutor has focused on South Korea's biggest conglomerate, accusing Lee in his capacity as Samsung chief of pledging 43 billion won ($37.31 million) to a business and organizations backed by Park's friend, Choi Soon-sil, in exchange for support for a 2015 merger of two Samsung companies. Park, Lee, Choi, and Samsung Group [SAGR.UL] have all denied bribery accusations.

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Sales of Ivanka Trump apparel slumped at Nordstrom: WSJ report

Nordstrom's sales of Ivanka Trump's line of clothing and shoes fell by nearly one-third in the past fiscal year, with sharp drops in sales in the weeks before her father Donald Trump was elected president, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. Nordstrom announced this week it had decided to stop carrying Ivanka Trump's apparel, prompting President Trump to take to Twitter to defend her. “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom,” he said on Wednesday.

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