Ahead of the G-20 summit on the financial crisis, many are eyeing Japan's huge foreign reserves. But Tokyo is reluctant to use them on struggling nations.
The G-20 nations, representing most of the world's economy and population, are convening with the knowledge that they will sink or swim together.
The G-20 summit this weekend will grapple with a global crisis.
A spirit of cooperation is tested ahead of a crucial series of meetings to prepare for a Nov. 15 US summit.
Large foreign-currency reserves and overhauled regulatory systems have helped stability. Investors also seem to be better targeting which currencies are at risk.
Hungary and Ukraine received emergency loans from the IMF Sunday. Belarus and Serbia are asking for help, too.
The region is affected by global downturn, but more prepared this time thanks to greater foreign reserves and less external debt.