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.
Global markets continue to wobble precariously. European markets took a big hit on Tuesday, following major losses across Asia and particularly in Japan. Wall Street steadied after a torrid opening.
With men dominating Japanese society, politics, the media and upper echelons of the business world, women have been reluctant to break social norms to reveal instances of sexual harassment. But that may soon change.
Japan's government has nominated Haruhiko Kuroda for a second term as central bank governor, giving the veteran finance chief more time to battle deflation and kick-start the world's third largest economy.
In a speech marking a national holiday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has said that Japan cannot declare the issue of wartime sex slaves to have been relegated to history. He said Japan must apologize.
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