Japan stands ready to take all possible steps flexibly and without hesitation when downside risks to the economy emerge, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, as a simmering Sino-U.S. trade war clouds the outlook for the export-reliant economy.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party scored some 42 percent in the parliamentary election, according to preliminary results on Monday. The pro-Kremlin opposition received the second-highest number of votes at 12.5 percent. The 41-year-old comedian-turned-president has appealed to voters by promising to negotiate a political solution to the eastern Ukrainian conflict, boost the economy and cracking down on corruption. It is yet unclear what sort of coalition could govern.