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Japan slips into recession, becomes 4th-largest economy behind US, China and now Germany

TOKYO, FEBRUARY 15: Japan's economy is now the world's 4th-largest after it contracted in the last quarter of 2023 and fell behind Germany. The gGovernment reported the economy shrank at an annual rate of 0.4% in October to December, according to Cabinet Office data on real GDP, though it grew 1.9% for all of 2023. It contracted 2.9% in July-September. Two straight quarters of contraction are considered an indicator an economy is in a technical recession. Japan's economy was the 2nd largest until 2010, when it was overtaken by China's....
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Japan marks 78th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing, calls nuclear deterrence ‘folly’

TOKYO, AUGUST 6: Japan on Sunday marked the 78th anniversary of the US atomic bombing on Hiroshima, where its Mayor urged the abolition of nuclear weapons and called the Group of Seven leaders' notion of nuclear deterrence a "folly". The day to commemorate the victims of the world's first nuclear attack comes as Russia has raised the spectre of using nuclear weapons in its war with Ukraine. It also comes as biopic Oppenheimer, chronicling the creation of the atomic bomb, has become a box-office hit in the United States. Some...
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Japan: Fukushima moms led charge for radiation data

TOKYO, JULY 25: Fukushima's mothers have become radiation experts to protect their children as the Japanese Government gets ready to transfer cleaned water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant later this summer, according to Kyodo News. A charity organisation in Fukushima Prefecture, comprising 13 members, many of whom are mothers testing the radioactivity in fish and seawater. With no prior experience in taking scientific measurements, the group is driven by serious concerns over how the discharge of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean might affect the environment and children's...
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