What’s happening in China is worrying and could deal a huge blow to Japan’s economy

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  • China’s downturn leaves Japan with little external support
  • China risks likely to be debated at BOJ’s Sept meeting
  • Govt’s Aug report warned of concern over China
  • Darkening global outlook cast shadow over BOJ exit path

TOKYO, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Policymakers in Tokyo believe China’s deepening economic woes could hit Japan’s fragile recovery, especially if Beijing fails to shore up demand with meaningful stimulus, potentially delaying an exit from ultra-loose monetary policy.

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China’s downturn would leave Japan’s export-reliant economy with little external support as aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate hikes cool growth in the United States, another key driver of global activity.

The risks from China will be among key topics of debate at the Bank of Japan’s September policy meeting, say five sources familiar with the bank’s thinking, and raise fresh questions about Governor Kazuo Ueda’s efforts to wean the economy off the massive monetary stimulus of the past decade.

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