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    You knew it was only a matter of time until we saw the rotation into small cars put the squeeze on buyers.

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    Demography has rarely made it onto the political agenda. But that is changing. These days you see news items about China's one-child policy, or gendercide. And you hear a lot about the aging of populations in rich countries and the health and pensions problems this will bring.

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    Big 3 executives will be careful to publicly play down expansion talk, but make no mistake, they see the need coming much faster than anyone expected.

  • The tsunami that hit Japan last year inspired many documentaries, 29 of which were shown at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in October, the New York Times reports.

  • China Traffic

    Want to know how rapidly China’s auto market is growing? A new report from IHS Automotive forecasts annual auto sales in China will grow by 74% to more than 30.6 million vehicles a year.

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    A series of earthquakes rattled Tokyo and northeast Japan late Wednesday evening, but caused no apparent damage or injury in the same region hit by last year's devastating tsunami.

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    A day after the United States, the European Union and Japan filed a joint complaint to the World Trade Organization against China’s export restrictions on strategic rare earth metals, the President of  exploration firm U.S. Rare Earths tells CNBC that the trade case will not help solve current supply issues.

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    As annual profits go, Volkswagen hit it out of the park. In fact, the record profit the German automaker announced at its annual meeting on Monday will have a lot of people wondering why it made nearly triple the amount of money GM did last year.

  • China Trade Data Point to Strong Domestic Demand

    Despite recording the largest monthly trade deficit in two decades, Uwe Parpart, MD & head of research at Reorient Financial Markets says the pick up in China's imports reflects strength in its domestic economy.

  • Nuclear Industry One Year After Fukushima

    CNBC's Brian Shactman takes a look at how the nuclear industry has been altered one year after the disastrous earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

  • Tsunami hits Japan

    Last year's triple Fukushima disaster – an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis trifecta -- claimed more than 19,000 lives and wreaked utter havoc on the affected area. But the cascading effects of the Fukushima catastrophe may prove to be even more serious and long-lasting.

  • Fukushima: One Year Later

    CNBC's Phil LeBeau takes a look at Japan's economic and emotional recovery one year since the disastrous earthquake and tsunami.

  • The Monju nuclear power plant located in Tsuruga, Fukui prefecture.

    Regional cities like Aizu-Wakamatsu could be crucial to Japan’s effort to attract foreign investment, the New York Times reports.

  • As Japan marks the first anniversary of its worst nuclear accident ever, the debate over a shift to greener energy has not concluded.

  • Alan Mullaly

    I know the Ford CEO is probably thinking, "Please don't focus on the millions in stock awards that just vested in my account."

  • Most investors can rhyme off a litany of reasons as to why to avoid Japan – high government debt, deflation and a demographic vortex just to name a few. But Japanese equities appear to be emerging as a favorite contrarian play among some experienced investors.

  • Japan on a Path to Recovery as Challenges Mount

    One year after the Fukushima disaster, Japan struggles to rebuild as economic challenges such as trade deficit, strong yen, and sluggish growth continue to mount, CNBC's Tokyo bureau chief Kaori Enjoji reports.

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    The tsunami that struck Japan’s northeast coast last year washed through Kouzo Inoue’s aluminum factory, which stands just 600m from the Pacific coastline, in Miyagi prefecture. Mr Inoue survived the disaster but was left with a flooded factory, Y130m in debts and a need to find fresh funds to restart his business, FT reports.

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    For most of the past decade the proverbial keeper of Japan’s household savings has poured money outside Japan at almost every opportunity. Since last September, however, Japanese retail investors have each month pulled cash out of investment trusts, or “Toshin”, which account for most of their exposure to overseas assets. The FT reports.

  • A boy walks in front of a huge anti-nuclear banner during a protest rally in Tokyo In February, 2012.

    Jacinthe Martin says it took her a few days to reach “panic” status last March, as Japan’s nuclear crisis deepened following its earthquake and tsunami. But the agitated news reports and frantic emails from friends finally pushed her – like many foreign residents of Tokyo – to abandon her adopted city for sanctuary overseas, FT reports.