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  • Pedestrians cross the street using the Shibuya crossing in Shibuya on May 25, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan. Shibuya is not only a busy business district but also known for it's vibrant nightlife and fashion.

    While the world has fallen out of love with the Japanese economy in recent years it remains an economic powerhouse and important to the global economy, Sean Corrigan, chief investment strategist at Diapason Commodities Management, said Monday.

  • Smoke billows from fires raging at the port in Tagajo, Miyagi

    Japan's Nikkei average tumbled over 5 percent at one point on Monday as investors shifted to safer assets following after Friday's massive earthquake and tsunami, with the long-term impact uncertain as nuclear disaster looms.

  • Five Things We're Watching: March 14, 2011 Sunday, 13 Mar 2011 | 7:41 PM ET
    Japan Ground Self-Defense Force members continue rescue

    Japan faces earthquake aftermath and nuclear emergency, Gaddafi wins gains against rebels, and the Rajaratnam trial continues. 

  • Tsunami Surge Deals Blow to Struggling Calif. Town Saturday, 12 Mar 2011 | 7:04 PM ET
    Fishing boats crash into one another as tsunami surges from Japan earthquake slam into the harbor, Crescent City, California.

    Fishermen who had escaped to sea before the tsunami hit this struggling coastal town landed small loads of crab on Saturday, while crews surveyed damage and a family combed the beach for any sign of a man who was swept away a day ago as he photographed the waves.

  • Soldiers pull a boat across floodwater as they help to evacuate residents of Tagajo city, Miyagi

    Traders went home Friday thinking about Japan's tragic earthquake and tsunami, more possible unrest in the Middle East, and Europe's sovereign debt problems.

  • Aiding An Ally in Distress Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 4:34 PM ET
    Aiding An Ally in Distress

    Weighing in on how Japan will emerge from this devastating disaster, with Greg Valliere, Potomac Research Group and Tony Fratto, Hamilton Place Strategies.

  • Did ‘Supermoon’ Have Anything to Do With Quake? Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 3:53 PM ET
    Full moon

    Eleven days ago word surfaced that the approaching full moon could trigger a slew of problems. Since then, an earthquake hit Japan and rocked global markets.

  • Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city

    The economic impact from the tsumani that slammed into eastern Japan following one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, 8.9 magnitude, will be felt in the near future, Sean Egan, founder partner and president of Egan-Jones Ratings Company, told CNBC on Friday.

  • What the Tsunami Means for US West Coast Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 11:35 AM ET

    Residents need to be prepared for the strongest waves four to five hours after the first one hits, but there will be no "wave of water", one expert told CNBC.

  • How Recent Disasters Affected Markets and Economies Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 9:02 AM ET
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    The biggest earthquake on record to hit Japan in 140 years sent stock markets across the globe sharply lower, while the yen and oil prices also fell.

  • Smoke rises from a construction site due to the strong earthquake on March 11, 2011 in Tokyo, Japan. A magnitude 8.9 strong earthquake hit the northeast coast of Japan.

    The 8.9 magnitude earthquake that hit Japan Friday will likely dent investor confidence in the short term, but is unlikely to derail the global economic recovery, analysts told CNBC.

  • Asia Stocks Lower, Nikkei Futures Drop on Quake Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 5:21 AM ET

    Nikkei futures tumbled on Friday after a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake hit northeast Japan, causing many injuries.

  • Asian Stocks Lower, Hurt by Oil Surge Thursday, 10 Mar 2011 | 5:11 AM ET

    Asian shares opened lower on Thursday following declines in the overnight U.S. session. A sell-off in chip stocks hurt tech counters in South Korea, while a decline in commodities weighed on Australia's commodity heavy index.

  • Akio's Plan Sounds Good, But Can Toyota Deliver? Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 11:56 AM ET
    Toyota Dealership

    There were two stories in Tokyo, Japan when Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda unveiled his Global Vision plan, investors focused on the nuts and bolts. And on paper they look great.

  • Asian Stocks Mixed After Oil Prices Ease Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 5:58 AM ET

    Stocks in Japan and South Korea opened higher on Wednesday, helped by an overnight rally on Wall Street.

  • Alan Mullaly

    As I walked to catch my train this morning I heard the first comment: "$100 million for the guys running Ford? Are you kidding me?"

  • Asian Stocks Higher, Mideast Unrest Caps Gains Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 6:18 AM ET

    Asian stocks rose on Tuesday but gains were limited as investors worried higher energy prices could stunt the global economic recovery. 

  • When It Comes to MPG, 40 Is the New 30 Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 12:48 PM ET
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    It's an interesting race that will heat up even more with gas prices soaring. Who has the most fuel efficient gas powered, non hybrid car? By the way, to get into this race you better get over 40mpg.

  • Asia Down, Libya Outweighs US Jobs Data Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 5:13 AM ET

    Asian stocks fell on Monday, as fears of more turmoil in the Middle East and higher oil prices overshadowed solid U.S. payroll data.

  • Asia on Track for Best Weekly Rise in 3 Months Friday, 4 Mar 2011 | 7:30 AM ET

    Asian stocks rose on Friday, responding to growing confidence in the U.S. economic outlook, which fueled a rally on Wall Street and sent commodity prices higher.