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

Japan goes robot crazy

Domo arigato, Mr Roboto

Japan eye comics and pop art to ride economic storm

Japan's manga-loving prime minister, Taro Aso, has long touted the importance of "soft power" content such as comics and anime to boost Japan's global diplomatic status.

Sumo under siege

As a stable master awaits trial for the death of a young apprentice he allegedly ordered to be beaten, David McNeill talks exclusively to the sport's first European champion about the scandals that plague it

Japan economy shrinks at fastest rate in 35 years

Strangled by the collapse in global export demand, Japan's economy shrank at its fastest rate in 35 years in the fourth quarter and shows no signs of reversing course anytime soon.

Pioneer to slash 10,000 more jobs

Electronics giant Pioneer today warned of UK job losses under plans to slash 10,000 roles globally as it suffers widening losses.

Nissan to slash 20,000 jobs worldwide

Nissan is cutting 20,000 jobs, or 8.5 per cent of its global work force, to cope with what Japan's third-largest automaker expects will be its first full year loss in nine years.

The bedding supplier, a fake currency and '£1bn scam'

What investors received from a Japanese businessman, according to police, was hot air and not a lot else.

Japan's Panasonic to cut 15,000 jobs worldwide

Panasonic Corp. said today it will slash 15,000 jobs and shut down 27 plants worldwide to cope with plunging demand for its TVs, semiconductors and other electronics products.

Profits tumble as Honda heads into long UK break

Workers at the UK factory of Japanese motor giant Honda will make the last cars for four months today because of an extended shutdown caused by the slump in sales.

Nomura posts ¥ 343bn loss

Nomura, the Japanese investment bank that has crowed about avoiding damage from the financial crisis, has unveiled a record 343bn yen (£2.7bn) quarterly net loss as it was hit by exposure to Iceland, Bernard Madoff and the cost of its Lehman Brothers acquisition.

Toyota to halt production in Japan for 11 days

Toyota will halt production at its Japanese plants for 11 days in February and March after a sharp fall in US sales.

Toyota slashes profit forecast

Toyota slashed its fiscal year profit forecast today. It is barely breaking even at 50 billion yen ($555 million) as Japan's top automaker gets hammered by plunging global demand and a surging yen.

Japan's lesson to the world: Don't fiddle while the economy burns – take action now

The Bank of Japan is to inject cash directly into the world's second biggest economy in the latest attempt to revive it.

Cut-free zone: a company to copy in a slump

Paul Rodgers reports from Tokyo on why it's all systems go at Canon because it didn't chase growth

Jeremy Warner: IMF must not be too hard on developing world

Outlook: After 10 years of doing little, other than produce worthy reports and forecasts, the IMF finds itself back in business playing the role for which it was created – to act as lender of last resort to distressed countries. Already, outline packages have been announced for three countries – Iceland, Ukraine and Hungary. It is certain there will be many more emergency calls for international rescue before the crisis plays out.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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