A stronger yen hitting exports, tanking oil prices and general anxiety over a global economic slowdown pulled down shares on Japan's benchmark index on Tuesday.
Reports indicating advanced North Korean nuclear capability and a fiery exchange of words between Pyongyang and Washington are causing concern in Japan that US military facilities might be the first targets.
Japanese company Mitsubishi has been ordered by a South Korean court to compensate World War II forced laborers, stoking anger and concerns in Japan. Tokyo insists all claims were settled more than half-a-century ago.
Leader Kim Jong-Un has claimed the missile test demonstrated North Korea's ability to strike any target in the United States. China condemned the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test and urged restraint.
The former head of the failed Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox pleads not guilty to charges of embezzlement and data manipulation. Investors around the world are still looking for their money.
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