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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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Sinha outlined the core synergies between India and Japan where Japan can contribute with technology and capital and India can offer global human resource and growth opportunities for Japan.
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He praised Japan for extending funds for projects like Karachi Circular Railways, Thar Coal Project and Lahore Water Project and declared them as pearls of Pak-Japan friendship.
The biggest drag on the currency was the Bank of Japan's monetary easing.
In this way, we hope to customize the information channel to assist people with specific interests in Japan.
When asked how Mac users might take advantage of the service, which is not compatible with the popular brand of computers and iPod music players, Paul Greenberg, co-COO of Napster Japan said, "Well, they could switch." However, with Apple's plan to transition all of its Macs to using Intel microprocessors by the end of 2007, which is expected to allow them to run both Mac and Windows applications, users should also be able to take advantage of Napster's service.
Speaking on behalf of his oneworld counterparts, American Airlines Chairman and Chief Executive Gerard Arpey said: "Adding Japan Airlines, together with Malev and Royal Jordanian, is one of the most significant developments since oneworld's launch seven years ago.
MADE IN JAPAN: Have students keep a daily log, noting everything they encounter that is from Japan (cars, clothing, entertainment, electronic equipment, foods, etc.).
Currently, deer, pig, and wild boar are suspected sources of foodborne zoonotic transmission of HEV in Japan, and genotypes 3 and 4 of HEV are believed to be indigenous (4-6,9,10).
The world's second-largest economy, Japan long has been an attractive target for foreign life insurers, said Timothy Feige, a Japan-based senior vice president with Prudential Financial Inc.
"Japan represents the world's second largest hepatitis C market, with an estimated 2.3 million people infected," Valeant's president and chief executive officer, Timothy C.
For example, in the first gallery, clips and promotional by-products from the animated television series Mobile Suit Gundam (1979-80) were surrounded by an extensive array of merchandise from the Hello Kitty line, paintings by Murakami's protege Aya Takano, and a number of large character costumes for the regional mascots known as yuru chara (a winking world globe sporting red boots and a yellow construction helmet, a smiling persimmon wearing a pagoda cap, etc.) that testified to the exercise of character branding by municipal and prefectural institutions in Japan. It was across this rainbow of adolescence, coloring the Japan Society in hues of lime and tutu pink, that Murakami attempted to bridge "Little Boy" and its subtitle: "The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture."
Toys produced in Japan, for example, have become popular in the United States (and world-wide) with no modification.
By the early 1940s, the United States, Germany, Japan, and the Soviet Union were each competing to perfect the ultimate weapon that would win the war--for them.
Day in and day out, headlines in respected Japanese newspapers scream: "Livedoor buys another 3 percent of Nippon Broadcasting Systems (NBS) shares." Or, about NBS's parent company: "Fuji Television will do 50 billion yen new share offerings to fend off Livedoor's hostile bid." And the most extreme: "Foreign capital will maul Japan, Inc."