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Nikkei in worst weekly drop since 2008, strong yen unnerves

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TOKYO Japan's Nikkei share average stumbled to a fresh 16-month low in heavy trade on Friday, and posted the biggest weekly drop since 2008 as investors scrambled to dump risky assets after the dollar dived to a 15-month low against the yen.

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Thu, Feb 11 2016

U.S., South Korea, Japan boost data-sharing in response to North Korea threat

WASHINGTON The top military officers from the United States, South Korea and Japan said they agreed at a meeting on Wednesday to step up information-sharing and coordination of security efforts in light of increasing North Korean nuclear and missile threats.

World, Japan, South Korea 11 Feb 2016

Wed, Feb 10 2016

Dollar hits 15-month low against yen after Yellen testimony

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NEW YORK The dollar fell to a 15-month low against the yen on Wednesday as investors packed into the safe-haven Japanese currency, backing away from earlier optimism that the Federal Reserve would continue to raise interest rates.

10 Feb 2016

Audi to recall 170,000 cars in U.S. on airbag worries: source

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FRANKFURT Volkswagen's luxury brand Audi is set to announce the recall of around 170,000 cars in the United States due to potentially faulty airbags made by Japanese company Takata, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, leukemia survivor, fights stomach cancer

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TOKYO Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, an Academy Award nominee for his performance in the movie "The Last Samurai" and lauded in the recent Broadway revival of "The King and I," is fighting stomach cancer and will have to postpone plans to return to Broadway. | Video

Entertainment, Film, People, Japan 10 Feb 2016

Japan imposes sanctions on North Korea after satellite launch

TOKYO Japan on Wednesday said it was imposing sanctions on North Korea after a satellite launch seen by Washington and its allies, including Tokyo, as cover for development of ballistic missile technology that could be used to deliver a nuclear weapon.

Nikkei tumbles to lowest since October 2014 as bank concerns intensify

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TOKYO Japan's Nikkei share average closed at its lowest level since October 2014 on Wednesday as worries about the health of global banks and economic growth intensified.

10 Feb 2016

Japan says El Nino has weakened, weather to return to normal by summer

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TOKYO Japan's meteorology agency said on Wednesday that the El Nino weather pattern, which is often linked to heavy rainfall and droughts, had somewhat weakened and that the weather would likely return to normal by summer.

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Tue, Feb 9 2016

Nikkei posts biggest drop in three years as global growth fears hit banks

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TOKYO Japan's Nikkei share average posted its biggest daily drop in nearly three years on Tuesday, with banks taking the brunt of the sell-off, while a stronger yen dragged down stocks across the board.

09 Feb 2016

Obama reassures leaders of South Korea, Japan after North Korea's launch: statement

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama spoke with the leaders of South Korea and Japan following North Korea's recent launch using ballistic missile technology and reassured them of the United States' support, the White House said on Tuesday.