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Japan's persisting gender gap leaves many single moms in poverty

December 10, 2014 - 07:28
Yuka Suzuki, 47, has virtually no savings, earns about half the average national wage and cannot see where the money will come from to retire one day. (Japan Times)
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Tokyo stocks close down 2.25pc

December 10, 2014 - 07:25
Tokyo shares closed down 2.25 percent on Wednesday following a sell-off across global markets, while a stronger yen pressured exporters. (
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Fitch puts Japan credit rating under negative watch

December 10, 2014 - 03:32
Fitch Ratings said Tuesday that it has placed its A plus sovereign credit rating on Japan under negative watch for a potential downgrade, citing the country's delay in a consumption tax rate hike. (Jiji Press)
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Tokyo stocks close 0.68pc lower

December 9, 2014 - 08:15
Tokyo stocks closed 0.68 percent lower Tuesday as traders took their cash off the table after racking up seven successive gains, while Wall Street retreated from record highs. (
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Tokyo stocks close flat

December 8, 2014 - 08:14
Tokyo stocks have closed flat with buying prompted by strong US jobs data and a weak yen fizzling. (
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Japan GDP contraction larger than initially estimated

December 8, 2014 - 05:12
The contraction in Japan's economy last quarter was larger than initially estimated, according to figures released on Dec. 8 that confirmed a recession ahead of a weekend Lower House election. (Asahi)
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A quarter of Japanese complain of working at 'black' firms

December 7, 2014 - 02:35
A quarter of Japanese believe they are working at so-called "black" companies with sweatshop-like working environments or inadequate wages, a labor union survey has shown. (Jiji Press)
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Poverty takes on a new look in today's Japan

December 7, 2014 - 02:23
In the early years of the 21st century, such neologisms as nyū puā (new poor) and wākingu puā (working poor) began appearing in the Japanese media. Like their equivalents overseas, the terms were typically applied to people unable to realize a decent livelihood while holding down a job, or even more than one job. (Japan Times)
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