Features by Roland Buerk
Posted In: Auto
Toyota said this morning factories in Japan won't be operating at full capacity for several months. And car inventories won't be back to normal until the end of 2011.
The Japanese government says companies shipped less stuff abroad in March because of supply disruptions from last month's massive earthquake and tsunami. The BBC's Roland Buerk explains why American companies could benefit.
The Japanese government has ordered TEPCO, the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, to pay $12,000 compensation to each of the 50,000 households near the facility.
Posted In: Auto
The auto industry has staved off production stoppages thanks in part to lengthy shipping times for Japanese parts. But now, the shipments that left Japan before the tsunami have all been unloaded, and automakers face potential shutdowns.
The rating agency S&P has cut Japan's long term credit rating for the first time in nine years. The country has been downgraded to a AA- rating due in part to its debt load.
There's some bad news for the Japanese economy. A closely watched index of how confident businesses are feeling about the future has gotten worse for the first time in nearly two years.
South Korea's central bank said today it will work with the government in making sure markets remain stable there. That's after an exchange of artillery fire between North and South Korea that left at least two South Korean marines dead.
Japan's central bank has cut its interest rate to virtually zero. The BBC's Roland Buerk talks with Steve Chiotakis about what finally persuaded Japan to cut its key rate and how damaging the weak U.S. dollar has been to the Asian nation's recovery.
Posted In: Sports
Japanese broadcasters are refusing to air the big sumo Nagoya tournament because the sport has been corrupted by illegal gambling.