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Toyota forecasts profit slump from strong yen

The strengthening of Japan's currency, the yen, means Toyota's profits will be 35 percent lower for the current year.

The strengthening of Japan's currency, the yen, means Toyota's profits will be 35 percent lower for the current year.

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Japan's inflation ticks up

Government data has revealed inflation in Japan rose for the first time in almost a year in March. The figures show a 0.2 percent growth in the core

Government data has revealed inflation in Japan rose for the first time in almost a year in March. The figures show a 0.2 percent growth in the core

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No yen for change in Japanese central bank policy

The Bank of Japan is to press ahead with its massive monetary stimulus programme, on the basis that growth in the economy and consumer prices in the

The Bank of Japan is to press ahead with its massive monetary stimulus programme, on the basis that growth in the economy and consumer prices in the

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Asia weakness hits Japanese exports

Japanese exports were up in September, but growth was well short of expectations. Exports rose 11.5 percent from a year earlier; economists had

Japanese exports were up in September, but growth was well short of expectations. Exports rose 11.5 percent from a year earlier; economists had

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The new face of the World Trade Organisation

Russia has agreed to extend the term of its loan to Cyprus and reduce the interest rate to provide additional financial relief to the island. At the

Russia has agreed to extend the term of its loan to Cyprus and reduce the interest rate to provide additional financial relief to the island. At the

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Japanese yen's bumpy ride holds promise and danger

The Japanese yen has gone through the 100 to the dollar mark for the first time since April 2009, and is now at a four-year low edging towards

The Japanese yen has gone through the 100 to the dollar mark for the first time since April 2009, and is now at a four-year low edging towards

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Nikkei breaks 14,000 barrier for first time in 5 years

The Nikkei stockmarket index in Japan has surged above 14,000 for the first time since 2008. It is in response to the central bank’s agressive

The Nikkei stockmarket index in Japan has surged above 14,000 for the first time since 2008. It is in response to the central bank’s agressive

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Bank of Japan nominee Kuroda pledges to fight deflation

Haruhiko Kuroda, the man who is set to take over at the Bank of Japan, has been talking tough at his confirmation hearing at the parliament in

Haruhiko Kuroda, the man who is set to take over at the Bank of Japan, has been talking tough at his confirmation hearing at the parliament in

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G20: Don't mention the weak yen

Moscow was the venue for the latest skirmishes in the so-called currency war as finance leaders from the G20 group of the world’s richest nations

Moscow was the venue for the latest skirmishes in the so-called currency war as finance leaders from the G20 group of the world’s richest nations

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Banks still want the euro in their vaults

The eurozone may be in the midst of a debt crisis, but the euro itself is still in strong demand as a reserve currency. Around the world

The eurozone may be in the midst of a debt crisis, but the euro itself is still in strong demand as a reserve currency. Around the world

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Japan and China to trade yen-yuan directly

Asia’s two biggest economies, Japan and China, are to start trading their currencies directly from the start of June. Previously they have set

Asia’s two biggest economies, Japan and China, are to start trading their currencies directly from the start of June. Previously they have set