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Japan's immigration culture clash

Nov 9, 2004
A new U.N. report says Japan must impose much more lenient immigration policies to keep the country's productivity rate high, but Japan's homogenous culture butts heads with that request. Marketplace's Jessica Smith reports from Tokyo.
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Forbes goes to China ...

Nov 5, 2004
Forbes Magazine has issued its annual list of China's richest people. The list-makers prove that private industry is growing more powerful in China, where state-owned business once dominated. As Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford reports from Beijing, the change in Chinese ways is good for American companies doing business there.
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Door-to-door AIDS battle

Nov 5, 2004
In Africa, women account for three-quarters of all HIV infections. As Eric Whitney reports, a group Kenyan women is fighting back with education, using a door-to-door tactic that's familiar to many suburban moms.
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China partners with Iran

Nov 1, 2004
Oil prices dropped today. And another surprise: China is entering an oil agreement with Iran, OPEC's second largest producer. From Beijing, Marketplace's Jocelyn Ford examines the terms of the deal.
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Live, from Cuba!

Nov 1, 2004
The annual International Fair of Havana kicks off today, and a large delegation of U.S. businesses are there to sign some major food deals. Marketplace's Foreign Editor Karen Lowe looks into an exception to the U.S. trade embargo that allows American agribusiness to sell directly to Cuba.
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Outsourcing issues

Oct 28, 2004
President Bush has defended the outsourcing of American jobs as an inevitable byproduct of globalization - while challenger John Kerry claims to have a plan to slow the flow of jobs overseas. This issue has special resonance in textile producing areas of the Southeast and the industrial Midwest. But as Miranda Kennedy reports from Bangalore, the world's largest democracy is anxious over the outcome, too.
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Making money in, and around, Iraq

Oct 26, 2004
Today, Iraqi kidnappers released a Jordanian businessman. But not until they got what they asked for: a ransom of $150,000 dollars. Also today, a truck driver from Croatia was reported missing after his convoy was attacked. And bombs went off in two Iraqi cities. This is business as usual in Iraq at the moment, and it is hard to make money. But despite the chaos, many wealthy Iraqis are still striking profitable deals. Their secret? Setting up shop somewhere else. Marketplace's Middle East correspondent Adam Davidson has our story.
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Iraq and Money: Where does it all go?

Oct 25, 2004
An inside job. That's what investigators think it might have been as they look into the massacre of 49 Army recruits in Iraq. The security situation there is sapping reconstruction efforts. So much so, a recent survey found that although $18 billion is earmarked for rebuilding, only a quarter of the money actually makes it to Iraq. Marketplace Middle East Correspondent Adam Davidson reports. (Photo: Getty Images)
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The NBA heads east

Oct 20, 2004
It was the full court press in China over the weekend for the National Basketball Association. Hoops fans paid about $360 each to see the games. These were the first official games in China by a North American sports league. In the lineup - local superstar Yao Ming and his Houston Rockets. From Beijing our own Jocelyn Ford has a courtside review... (Photo: Getty Images)
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Pressuring Israel with holy money

Oct 19, 2004
There's a new front in the Israeli and the Palenstinian struggle. It's located in the boardroom of an American church. The Presbyterian Church USA is talking about withdrawing its investment money from companies that operate in Israel. The church opposes many of the Israeli government's policies in the West Bank and Palestine. The National Council of Churches meets tomorrow to discuss the divestiture movement with Jewish leaders. Marketplace foreign editor Karen Lowe reports.
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