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Core inflation rose 1.3% in December- beating expectations- matched by rising factory output

Bumpy ride for the Nikkei

JAPAN'S benchmark stock index may fluctuate sharply this week on hopes that the US will move to avert a slowdown, compete with fears that a strong yen and weak domestic economy will undermine corporate profits.

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Japan bankruptcy sets $16.1bn record

JAPAN'S BIGGEST bankruptcy was filed yesterday in a move coinciding with agreement on legislation that may open the way for the world's second- largest economy to deal with its worst recession since the Second World War.

International Survey: Land of the falling sun

Plummeting share prices are far more devastating to Japan than the West

Nikkei: Global tailspin dims hopes

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Japan places banks in state control

JAPAN YESTERDAY took a key step towards resolving the debt crisis in its banking system when politicians agreed to put the weakest banks - including the troubled Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan (LTCB) - under state control.

Rich nations braced for fresh storm

OFFICIALS FROM the Group of Seven leading economies hold an emergency meeting in London today with one item on the agenda: how to respond to the crisis that toppled the South-east Asian tigers a year ago, reached Russia this summer, has just landed in Brazil and now looks certain to knock on to us. Leaders of the Western world have decided it is finally time for action.

Home truths in Japan's fall from grace

TOKYO - Friday was a good day, or maybe a bad one depending on your point of reference, to be in the Ministry of Finance in Tokyo. On the wall of the office of one of its top officials was a large electronic panel showing what was happening on the markets. As we spoke, the Nikkei index had plunged to below 13,000, its 5 per cent fall the worst performance this year - and that after a fall on Thursday, despite a cut in Japanese interest rates.

Japanese rate cut surprises markets

JAPAN HALVED a key interest rate to 0.25 per cent yesterday in an attempt to stimulate its flagging economy - a surprise development which saw the dollar make its biggest one-day gain against the yen for three years.

Tokyo weighs nationalised bank

Tokyo weighs nationalised bank

Bonds to stay on a high

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Mrs Thatcher, please report to Tokyo

IT HAS not been the greatest of weeks on the economic front, has it? Russia, Japan and, I suppose, the UK all managed to generate troubling headlines, and the markets duly responded in their standard way.

The test Japan's leaders must pass

Frustration could easily build over the slow pace of reform. Obuchi needs to find answers quickly

Japan's business morale slumps

AT THE BEGINNING of a crucial week for the Japanese economy, a key survey revealed yesterday that morale among businesses has slumped to its lowest level for four years.

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