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TOKYO (Reuters) - Support for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe slid in opinion polls after his ruling coalition steamrolled through parliament a tough secrecy act that critics fear could muzzle media and allow officials to hide misdeeds.
TOKYO: Japan's trade deficit swelled to a record in 2013, data showed Monday, as once bumper surpluses disappear under the weight of soaring post-Fukushima energy bills, an imbalance stoked by premier Shinzo Abe's cheap-yen policies.
Japan's factory output in November was weaker than first reported with industrial production turning down 0.1%, according to revised data Monday, in the latest sign of slowing growth.
LONDON: Indonesians remained the world's most bullish consumers in the final quarter of 2013 while Americans were slightly less willing to spend than in the previous quarter, a global survey showed.
PARIS (Reuters) - Western nations face a daunting task to help stabilise a near bankrupt Ukraine after a popular uprising toppled its Russian-backed president, and will need to placate a wounded Moscow.