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

'Suicide squads' paid huge sums amid fresh fears for nuclear site

The radioactive core in one reactor at Fukushima's beleaguered nuclear power plant appeared to have melted through the bottom of its containment vessel, an expert warned yesterday, sparking fears that workers would not be able to save the reactor and that radioactive gases could soon be released into the atmosphere.

Stephen King: Events in Libya and the Middle East will shape prospects, not those in Japan

What if a no-fly zone is needed in other parts of the region?

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

G7's Japan intervention eases panic in markets

The decision by G7 finance ministers to make a rare co-ordinated intervention in the foreign exchange markets paid off yesterday, as the value of crisis-hit Japan's currency fell and tensions on stock exchanges around the world eased.

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.

Sean O'Grady: For now this is a natural disaster. If it becomes nuclear, the economic fallout will affect us all

Serious nuclear contamination might make the Japanese – already inclined to save rather than spend – more fearful

Japan eases monetary policy as stocks plunge

Japan's central bank injected a record 15 trillion yen (£114.4 billion) into money markets and eased monetary policy, while the Tokyo stock market nosedived today after the devastating earthquake and tsunami raised dire worries about the economy.

Nintendo posts first-half loss

The woes are piling up at Nintendo as it sank into its first loss for seven years during the last quarter on slowing sales, the strong yen and an increasingly competitive gaming market.

Japan returns to zero rates

The Bank of Japan pledged to pump ¥5 trillion (£38bn) into the struggling economy and returned to a zero interest-rate policy yesterday, surprising markets with a fresh dose of economic stimulus.

Nintendo 3DS delay casts gloom over games giant

Nintendo's struggle to bring its hotly anticipated 3D-capable player to the market has sparked concerns over the outlook for the company, with sales of its existing products sliding in key US and European markets.

Geithner pledges to press China on currency

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner yesterday promised to continue pressing China on foreign exchange as the increasingly fraught global row over the value of national currencies intensified.

Japan steps in to weaken the yen for first time in six years

Japan has poured more than 1 trillion yen into the foreign exchange markets to pull down the value of its currency, whose strength has threatened to undermine the country's economy.

Japanese PM survives party leadership vote

The Japanese Prime Minister, Naoto Kan, will keep his job after an unexpectedly decisive victory in his party's leadership vote.

Japan tries to curb sharp rise of yen

The Japanese government is putting together a Y920bn (£7bn) stimulus package and the Bank of Japan is increasing its bank lending programme by Y10,000 trillion in an effort to curb the steep rise of the yen and support the country's fragile economic recovery.

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