Japan on its own in supporting the dollar

JAPAN - When Haruhiko Kuroda, Japan's top financial diplomat, was despatched yesterday to the US and Europe, most analysts assumed he would try to drum up support for Japan's efforts to prop up the dollar.

Of all the G7 economies, Japan has the most to fear from even a modest depreciation in the dollar. With no sign of deflation abating, in spite of zero interest rates, Tokyo has few options left but to seek a weaker yen.

But as Mr Kuroda embarks on his mission, there are few signs that other G