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Japan's new growth strategy to include GPIF role: Finmin Aso

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday that the government will include a role of the country's $1.26-trillion public pension fund in its growth strategy to be unveiled in June. A senior official said last week that the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), the world's largest, is looking at alternative assets as it seeks to diversify its holdings and generate higher returns to finance a rapidly ageing population. (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Dominic Lau)

Tokyo Gov. Masuzoe to visit Beijing on April 24-26

Tokyo Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe said Tuesday he will travel to Beijing on April 24-26 as part of efforts to strengthen ties with the city government of the Chinese capital. Masuzoe will be the first sitting Tokyo governor to visit Beijing since Yukio Aoshima in 1996. He was invited by the Chinese city government and is scheduled to have a meeting with Mayor Wang Anshun. "I would like to make it the first step toward strengthening ties with Beijing city through exchanges of views," Masuzoe said at a news conference. ==Kyodo

Obama's visit to Japan as state guest to be finalized as April 23-25

The government will finalize U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Japan as a state guest later this month as one taking place between April 23 and 25, not between April 24 and 25 as initially announced, a government source said Monday. The government had decided at a Cabinet meeting on April 4 to invite Obama to Japan between April 24 and 25 as a state guest, but the Japanese side was requesting that he stay in Japan for three days given the capacity in which he will be visiting.

G-20 hails Japan's efforts to boost economy, restore fiscal health

Finance Minister Taro Aso said Friday that Japan's efforts to boost the economy and restore its precarious fiscal health were welcomed at a two-day meeting of Group of 20 finance chiefs in Washington. Aso said he explained to his G-20 counterparts that Japan raised its consumption tax rate for the first time in 17 years to cover swelling social security costs for the graying population and it has taken necessary steps to ease the negative impact of the tax hike.

G-20 may cite Ukraine crisis as risk to global economy

Group of 20 finance chiefs may issue a warning of the geopolitical risks stemming from the Ukraine crisis in a communique to be released after their two-day meeting in Washington from Thursday, sources close to the matter said, underscoring concerns it could stifle the global economy down the road.

Japan urges G20 cooperation to ease geopolitical risks

By Leika Kihara WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Japan urged G20 countries to work closely together to alleviate geo-political uncertainties over Ukraine that may hurt global growth, Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Thursday. Speaking to reporters after a G20 dinner session, Aso said he told counterparts that Japan welcomed efforts by the International Monetary Fund to quickly offer aid to Ukraine.

G-20 may cite Ukraine crisis as risk to global economy

Group of 20 finance chiefs may issue a warning of the geopolitical risks stemming from the Ukraine crisis in a communique to be released after their two-day meeting in Washington from Thursday, sources close to the matter said, underscoring concerns it could stifle the global economy down the road.

G-20 to discuss impact of Ukraine crisis on global economy

Group of 20 finance chiefs kicked off Thursday a two-day meeting in Washington where they are likely to discuss how to prevent the Ukraine crisis and a possible downturn in Russia's economy from dragging down global economic growth. Ahead of the G-20 gathering, the Group of Seven countries -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States -- also got together and exchanged views on "the situation in Ukraine, its financing needs and the international response," the G-7 said in a statement.

G-20 to discuss impact of Ukraine crisis on global economy

Group of 20 finance chiefs are likely to discuss, at their two-day meeting in Washington from Thursday, how to prevent the Ukraine crisis and possible downturn in Russia's economy from dragging down global economic growth. Ahead of the G-20 gathering, the Group of Seven industrialized countries -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States -- are expected to get together to discuss the world economy and the events in Ukraine.

G-20 likely to discuss impact of Ukraine crisis on global economy

Group of 20 finance chiefs are likely to discuss, at their two-day meeting in Washington from Thursday, how to prevent the Ukraine crisis and possible downturn in Russia's economy from dragging down global economic growth. Ahead of the G-20 gathering, the Group of Seven industrialized countries -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States -- are expected to get together to discuss the world economy and the events in Ukraine.
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