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  • Japan's Nikkei Down on Thin Trade

    The euro tumbled against the yen on concerns about Europe's debt problem and the yen pushed higher against the dollar as well, sending Japanese export stocks skidding. Trading volumes were also low. Makiko Utsuda from The Nikkei has the details.

  • Japan's GDP Data a 'Dead Cat Bounce'

    Despite Japan's positive third quarter growth numbers, Graeme Maxton, Chief Economist, Asia, of The Insight Bureau explains why he thinks the Asian country is in a long term decline.

  • Japan's fishing industry may be about to undergo a complete transformation. One local government is proposing opening coastal waters to big-business investors in what he says is an effort to save the industry.  The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • The story of the ruined city of Pompeii is one of the best-known examples of a city that suddenly ceased to exist. One moment it was a thriving metropolis, then an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 buried the city in volcanic ash. It was accidentally rediscovered in 1749 and excavated, revealing a time capsule of city life during the era of the Roman Empire. It’s not just ancient cities that vanish, however. The following collection includes a city that disappeared just this past August. And e

    There are many different ways a city can disappear. Click and prepare to feel unsettled by the transience of human settlements.

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    On a day when the market is getting hammered, it's easy for people to dismiss the sell-off in General Motors shares. Don't make that mistake. The country's largest auto maker threw investors for a loop by giving a weak outlook for the 4th quarter.

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    Japan's Olympus said Tuesday top executives used acquisitions to hide massive losses, reversing denials of any wrongdoing as one of the largest accounting frauds in Japanese history.

  • For Akio Toyoda, the CEO of Toyota, 2011 can't end soon enough. This has been one of the worst years ever for the Japanese auto maker. And that's saying something after a disastrous 2010 filled with millions of vehicles being recalled and the safety of Toyota vehicles being questioned. But for Akio, you play the hand your dealt, or in this case, the strong yen being dealt.

  • President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso chats with U.S. President Barack Obama as (from L to R) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan follow behind as the leaders emerge from lunch on their way to the first plenary session at the G8 Summit on May 26, 2011 in Deauville, France. France is hosting the G8 Summit, which focuses on issues including African development, the Arab Spring

    The Group of 20 is seeking to meet again, possibly before Christmas, with the aim of resurrecting a deal to provide an international firewall around Greece, G20 sources have told the Financial Times, saying negotiators at the Cannes summit had been close to an agreement.

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    Could the U.S. be entering a multi-decade recession like Japan's? USA Today reports.

  • Toyota dealership in Torrance, California

    October auto sales are on pace to be their strongest since August of 2009, for the most part, the numbers are not out of this world incredible, but they show the industry improving sales 8 percent year over year.

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    Japan, the third-largest economy in the world, is a "very good and very cheap way" to invest in emerging markets, investor Wilbur Ross told CNBC Monday.

  • Wilbur Ross Eyes Japan for Opportunity

    Weighing in on Europe's deal to cut Greek's debt, with Wilbur Ross WL Ross & Co. chairman/CEO, who discusses why Japanese companies are cheaper and better investments in comparison to China.

  • Yoshihiko Noda elected as Japan prime minister

    Yoshihiko Noda, Japan’s prime minister, has called for clarification about a string of controversial payments made by camera maker Olympus, saying that the furore threatens to tarnish Japan’s reputation as a rules-based market economy. The FT reports.

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    Japan had a fighting chance in reviving its faltering economy after the March 11 earthquake but its politicians have failed to take hold of that opportunity, an analyst told CNBC on Friday.

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    Could it be automakers are getting a Halloween treat early? Both and are predicting October will have a sales pace of 13.4 million vehicles.

  • Alan Mullaly

    Ford CEO Alan Mulally can hear the investors clamoring. He knows that one of the main questions by Ford shareholders is when the country's second largest automaker will restore the dividend.

  • Consumer Reports annual ranking on auto reliability is out, and there are two conclusions that stand out: The Asians are back on top and the Domestic automakers have stumbled.

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    A Booz & Company study found that companies whose innovation strategies are clearly aligned with their business and culture goals delivered 17-percent higher profit growth over five-year periods than those lacking such tight alignment.

  • A capsule type endoscope by Japan's optical giant Olympus, equipped with ultra-compact image capturing device and transmission system.

    A pair of Japanese bankers are at the center of a growing firestorm over a mysterious $687 million payout by Olympus. The NYT reports.

  • This photo taken on February 10, 2011 shows Briton Michael Woodford, former president of Japan's optical giant Olympus in Tokyo. Olympus has stripped the company's first ever non-Japanese president of his title on October 14, 2011, just six months after appointing him.

    The British executive who was publicly pilloried as a bad manager when the Japanese company Olympus fired him on Friday, struck back on Monday, saying he was forced out because he was about to expose potential financial fraud at the company.  The NYT reports.