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when (something) sneezes, (something else) catches a cold

When a person, group, or entity has a problem or experiences a negative situation, a related person, group, or entity will consequently have a worse problem or will experience a more negative situation. When Paris sneezes, Europe catches a cold. Terrorism in France affects security throughout the continent.
See also: catch, cold

when the US/UK/China, etc. sneezes, Japan/Germany, etc. catches cold

or

when the US/UK/China, etc. sneezes, Japan/Germany, etc. catches a cold

mainly BRITISH
If you say that when a particular country sneezes, another catches cold, or catches a cold, you mean that what happens to the first country has a great effect or influence on the second. And when the American economy sneezes, the City of London catches cold. As they say, when America sneezes the rest of the world catches a cold.
See also: catch, cold, japan, UK
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The Bank of Japan undertook drastic steps to lower interest rates to save domestic banks and non-financial companies after Japan's bubble burst.
Global connections: What Japan adopts from the West, and vice versa.
Godzilla is a well-known emblem of a Japan victimized in war and its aftermath: Awakened by an American hydrogen-bomb test--an act for which the Japanese were not responsible--Godzilla could only be stopped by a technology (known as the "oxygen destroyer") premised on the indiscriminate destruction of life itself.
Japan is even making its legal structure unfriendly to foreign M & As.
He signed the peace treaty that returned Japan to the community of nations.
should subtly push Japan to become a more modern military power, joining Europe and America in an "Axis of Good.
Finally, as one of the defining structures of crisis, the black market represents a world decidedly un-Japanese, at least according to perceptions of Japan on this side of the Pacific.
6% of high school graduates in Japan chose the job that teachers recommended to them, compared with 46.
In field after field," he writes in his new book on Japan, Dogs and Demons, "the bureaucracy dreams up lavish monuments rather than attend to long-term underlying problems.
During the decade starting in 1973, however, Japan began to pursue its own economic policy, keeping some distance from that of the United States.
In theory, it sounds like Japan is ready for business, but in reality, the Japanese market evolves very cautiously," he said.
By making this move, we are acknowledging the potential for ZDNet Japan to expand its audience as the Japanese Web marketplace takes off," says Toshiki Otsuki, CEO of Softbank ZDNet Japan.
It's garnered a lot of attention, and on the surface, it appears Japan is taking great strides.
By studying the genes of modern Japanese and of other Asians, and even the ancient DNA in the fossilized bones of the Jomon and the Yayoi, investigators hope to put together a genetic history of Japan.