News Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing through economic policies that have been coined Abenomics

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

Economic woes ensure more deadlock

It looks as though this weekend's election will return Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party to power in coalition with its long-time partner, the Komeito. Depending on the actual seat count, the LDP may well need to add smaller parties to its coalition in order to get a stable majority in the lower house, and it will certainly need to incorporate or co-operate with smaller parties in the upper house to pass legislation. Still, the LDP will be in a strong position for setting policy directions.

Japan back in recession as export economy suffers losses

Japan joined Italy on the economic sick-list yesterday, as official figures tipped the country back into recession.

Japanese exports plunging after boycotts from row with China

Boycotts of Japanese goods in the wake of a diplomatic row with China sent the nation's exports plunging last month, according to official figures.

Central banks wade in to stop second credit crunch

The US Federal Reserve and other major central banks ramped up their efforts to stave off another credit crunch yesterday by acting in concert to give lenders access to funds they need as the European sovereign debt storm rages on.

Central banks join forces to ward off credit crunch

Stock markets soar as investors welcome co-ordinated action to boost liquidity

Tokyo curbs record-high yen

The yen dropped to a three-month low against the dollar yesterday after Japan intervened in the market to curb its currency's rise.

Sean O'Grady: Instability will keep gold on a high, for now

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Japanese join Swiss in push to devalue currency

Japan tamed financial markets and successfully pushed down the value of its currency yesterday, but stalling economic growth in the West and the latest leg of the eurozone crisis suggest that its victory may be shortlived.

Stephen King: Inflation fears have vanished – suddenly it's all about growth

Manufacturing surveys from around the world provide a miserable message – growth momentum is fading

Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, By William D Cohan

The bank that likes to say 'Yes' – to both sides

Stephen Foley: G7's intervention to halt the soaring yen was more than just an act of charity

The co-ordinated response to the surge in the yen was needed to curb speculation and correct perversity in the world’s foreign exchange markets

Emergency G7 meeting called as yen hits record high

At the worst possible moment for Japan's economy, the yen has surged to all-time highs against the US dollar and other currencies, making life for its hard-pressed exporters, already battling with disruptions to supply chains and power, even more difficult.

Japanese stocks recover some losses

Japanese stocks rebounded today, recovering some of the massive losses sustained the last two days following a devastating earthquake and tsunami.

Tom Sutcliffe: The fairytale survey that became a work of fiction

Social Studies: Fairytales can offer a safe space in which to explore children's darker fears
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