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Sales of Nintendo’s Wii U console have been weaker than expected, leading to slashed profits

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos

Japan reports record annual trade deficit as energy prices soar

Japan’s trade deficit has hit an all-time high as imports were swollen by higher energy prices and a weak yen.

Nintendo 'studying smart devices' as shares tumble

The Japanese gaming giant slashed its sales forecast after its Wii U console failed to sell over the holiday period

Nintendo slashes profit forecast on weaker-than-expected Wii sales

Gaming giant Nintendo has slashed its profit forecast, blaming to weaker-than-expected sales of its Wii U console.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's nationalist views are likely to antagonise victims of Japan's wartime aggression

Japan disappoints as Q3 growth is revised down

Japan’s private sector is losing faith in prime minister Shinzo Abe’s “shock and awe” tactics to revive the world’s third biggest economy after worrying figures today showed business investment flat-lining in the latest quarter

Default fears grow as talks on US debt ceiling go to wire

The cost of insuring against a catastrophic US default jumped to its  highest level in more than two years today after talks to prevent a breach of the nation’s $16.7 trillion (£10.5 trillion) debt ceiling faltered.

Satyajit Das: Shinzo Abe’s ‘three arrows’ will fall short of the target once again

Economics View: Many ‘reforms’ are vague... the ideas are old and have been tried before, unsuccessfully

Sony posts surprise profit on back of Xperia smartphones

Embattled entertainment and electronics giant Sony beat analysts’ expectations with first-half profits today, thanks to a weak yen and the success of Sony’s Xperia smartphones.

Abe’s ‘shock and awe’ tactics win approval

Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has won fresh backing at the ballot box for his “shock and awe” strategy to revive the economy, sending Asian shares higher.

Japan accounts for around 30 per cent of all record sales on the planet

For £13, a fast lane to buy a band tee: Japan's rock concert promoters struggle to compete with festivals

With a shrinking retail market, it’s a hard life making a living in rock’n’roll. 

Asian markets lead global fall after uncertainty over US monetary policy

Warnings of slower but more stable growth over the coming months

Japan: Stimulus measures boost factories and exports

Japan’s “Abenomics” strategy of pumping trillions into its stagnant economy and ramping up public spending is paying off as the growth picture improves.

Investment Insider: UK firms to prosper from Japan's revival

Abenomics is aiming to turn around the country's fortunes

Sony weaves its way back into the black for first time in five years thanks to weaker yen

Struggling electronics giant Sony yesterday announced it had made a profit for the first time in five years.

Yen tumbles against dollar as Tokyo launches rescue plan

The yen fell to a four-year low against the dollar today as the Japanese central bank put its ambitious plan to double the ailing Far Eastern economy’s money supply into action.

Japan tries ‘shock and awe’ to jump-start stalled economy

The Bank of Japan launched “shock and awe” tactics today to pull the world’s third-biggest economy of its deflationary spiral with a hugh expansion of its money printing programme.

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