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Friday 06 January 2012
A bluefin tuna, caught off northern Japan, has fetched a record 56.49 million yen (£473,000) in the first auction of the year at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market.
Friday 30 December 2011
A tumultuous year for stock markets ended today with the FTSE 100 Index down nearly 6% in 2011 - but investors may be thankful the decline was not worse.
Thursday 29 December 2011
Asian stock markets slumped today amid new signs of pressure on Europe's banking system and a downturn on Wall Street.
Tuesday 13 December 2011
Asian stock markets fell today as criticism by ratings agencies sparked scepticism about a historic European Union plan to fix a massive debt crisis by binding member economies closer together.
Friday 09 December 2011
£19m from fund set up to rebuild coast stricken by triple disaster is diverted to help fishing fleet
Tuesday 01 November 2011
The yen dropped to a three-month low against the dollar yesterday after Japan intervened in the market to curb its currency's rise.
Monday 29 August 2011
The Japanese Trade Minister Banri Kaieda has the lead in a ruling party race to pick the next prime minister, but a bruising run-off looks likely as chances of a majority win in a first-round vote are slim, media surveys showed yesterday.
Wednesday 24 August 2011
Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has told his cabinet he will step down and dissolve his government next week, signalling another turn of the country's political merry-go-round. Analysts say Japan will have a new leader by next Tuesday.
Monday 22 August 2011
There is no change in Japan's stance of taking decisive action in the currency markets depending on market developments, a senior Japanese Government official said yesterday, indicating the island-nation's willingness to undertake another intervention to prevent the yen from rising in value. "Japan's stance is consistent in that it will take decisive action depending on market developments," the official said.
Monday 15 August 2011
Japan's economy contracted for a third straight quarter as consumer spending and factory production continued to suffer in the aftermath of the March earthquake and tsunami.
Wednesday 10 August 2011
Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the operator of Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, made a 571.8bn yen (£4.6bn) loss between April and June, as it put money aside to compensate the victims of the disaster at the plant.
Friday 05 August 2011
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.
Wednesday 03 August 2011
Toyota fell to its first quarterly loss in two years in the three months to June after the Japanese earthquake disrupted the car manufacturer's operations.
Saturday 23 April 2011
The former governor of Fukushima province has spoken of his frustration at the failure of the Japanese authorities to heed his warnings over the safety of the power plant that was stricken by the country's recent earthquake.
Friday 15 April 2011
Japan's government ordered the operator of a tsunami-damaged nuclear plant today to pay £7,330 to each household forced to evacuate because of leaking radiation, but some of the displaced criticised the handout as too little.
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