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  • Politicians in Washington, D.C. finally agreed on a deal that would extend the ability of the government to borrow money beyond August—preventing a default on  or other obligations.But even with the U.S. debt ceiling raised, a short-term deal that does little to raise revenue or cut spending might result in a downgrade of the country's long-term debt. Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s might decide that the failure to produce a longer-term solution to the U.S. debt burden indicates that the country's

    You might be surprised by some of the possible answers. Click ahead to see what happens if the U.S. credit rating is downgraded.

  • Life goes on as usual in Osaka where many people from Tokyo have taken refuge after an 9.0 magnitude strong earthquake struck on March 11 off the coast of north-eastern Japan, March 17, 2011 in Osaka, Japan.

    Just four months after a vicious earthquake and tsunami devastated its mainland, Japan suddenly is being looked at as an enticing investment opportunity.

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    Astute analysts have been predicting for months that the debt ceiling deal wouldn't happen until markets experienced a "TARP vote" moment, whereby investors really panicked and forced politicians to cut a deal.

  • Yen

    Regulators probing alleged manipulation of interbank lending rates have expanded their investigation into yen rates in London and a separate rate-setting process in Tokyo. The FT reports.

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    Once used to staying in one company throughout their careers, Japan's middle class are no longer following that script. The FT reports.

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    When representatives from the United Auto Workers and the Big 3 automakers exchange ceremonial handshakes this week, it will be the symbolic start of talks on a new labor deal.

  • The Japanese people are fighting hard to get the economy out of the slump that has followed the devastating earthquake and tsunami that blasted parts of the island nation in March, a Nomura analyst told CNBC Monday.

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    Precariously short of time, congressional leaders struggled in urgent, weekend-long talks to avert an unprecedented government default, desperate to show enough progress to head off a plunge in stock prices when Asian markets open ahead of the US workweek.

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    Corporate Japan has been trapped in a multi-decade long slump, but ‘Made in Japan’ is still demonstrating remarkable resilience, with brands including Sony, Panasonic and Canon dominating the list of the most valued brands in Asia-Pacific for 2011, according to a recent survey by global media firm Haymarket Media.

  • James Farley

    As soon as Jalopnik posted the Farley quotes, Twitter lit up with plenty of comments about Farley dropping the F-bomb. And yes, more than a few were pretty funny.

  • Car dealership

    It would be nice if we could blame this on the weather. Truth is we can't. No, the dog days of summer in the auto industry are here for a variety of reasons that we expected, and a few that are lingering and frustrating many in the auto industry.

  • Tokyo stock screens

    The Nikkei 225's catch-up over the last month has been impressive. It's outperformed many of its Asian peers as well as European indices and the US, and is homing in on its pre earthquake and tsunami levels. The FT reports.

  • Nissan Leaf

    For the Nissan LEAF, the second year of sales in the US will bring a higher sticker price, more standard features and greater availability.

  • For Korean auto maker Hyundai, the steady gains in quality, sales, and reputation have finally paid off with the company topping the Kelley Blue Book rankings on customers loyalty.

  • Gas-guzzlers

    As the White House, EPA, NHTSA and automakers hash out new fuel efficiency standards scheduled to be finalized by September, investors would be wise to stop focusing on the automakers and dial in to the implications for parts suppliers.

  • BMW 5 Series

    With sales picking up around the world, and especially in China, BMW is revving up growth expectations. For the German luxury auto maker, we are in a expansion cycle for the entire industry, but especially luxury auto brands.

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    Halfway through the year and with the economy once again slowing down, auto makers and dealers are re-thinking their once ambitious forecasts for sales this year. For much of the first half of this year, auto executives were confident the industry would sell just more than 13 million cars, trucks and SUVs this year.

  • Tokyo stock screens

    The Nikkei 225's catch-up over the last month has been impressive. It's outperformed many of its Asian peers as well as European indices and the US, and is homing in on its pre earthquake and tsunami levels. The FT reports.

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    The discovery of huge deposits of so-called 'rare earth' minerals, used in high technology products, on the Pacific sea floor should ease long-term supply constraints and end a Chinese monopoly, which had been causing strategic concerns in the West, analysts said.

  • Quake-damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Futaba, Fukushima

    A leading contender to replace Naoto Kan as Japan’s prime minister has called for the country to phase out nuclear power over the next two decades,  the FT reports.