TOKYO - Japanese stocks jumped and the yen skidded to six-year lows against the dollar on Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised markets with fresh easing steps - a move aimed at stoking inflation and recharging a fragile economic recovery.
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DETROIT - U.S. auto safety regulators on Thursday ordered Japanese supplier Takata Corp to provide documents and answer questions under oath related to the government's ongoing probe of potentially defective Takata air bags in millions of U.S. vehicles.
TOKYO - The Bank of Japan unexpectedly eased monetary policy on Friday in a 5-4 vote, due to concerns that a decline in oil prices would weigh on consumer prices and delay a shift in sentiment away from deflation.
In a comparison of 14 industrialized countries, the United States trailed only Italy in the pollsters' index of ignorance about the realities of modern life.