Japan's Nikkei index lost more than 3 percent on Monday, following the Bank of Japan's decision last week not to unveil any new stimulus measures. Most Asian markets were closed for May Day public holidays.
Stereotypical images of German bread, beer and sausages have begun to fade in Japan as imports of fine wines, quality meat and high-end chocolate and cocoa products rise. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
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.
Analysts suggest US President Donald Trump is using trade as a tool to strong-arm South Korea into keeping the pressure on recalcitrant North Korean regime. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
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