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Japan falls back into economic recession

Passersby are reflected on a screen displaying stock quotation, the stock market indices. Credit: Reuters

Japan's economony is back into recession, after it shrank 0.8% overall in the third quarter.

Initial data suggests that the world's third-largest economy has contracted for a second consecutive quarter, marking a technical recession.

Growth in the country was expected to decline after it fell a revised 0.7% in the second quarter on weak demand domestically.

Japan has been in recession four times since the global financial crisis.


Scotland knew of Japan's threat even before shock win

Scotland centre Mark Bennett said his team fully respected Japan even before the Rugby World Cup minnows stunned South Africa in their tournament opener.

Bennett and his team-mates will begin their own campaign on Wednesday trying to prevent Japan from proving they are not one-win wonders.


Japanese Emperor expresses 'deep remorse' over WWII

Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attended a memorial service marking the 70th anniversary of Japan's surrender. Credit: Reuters

Japanese Emperor Akihito expressed "deep remorse" over World War Two as the country marked 70 years since its surrender.

The 81 year old's departure from his annual script could be seen as a subtle rebuke of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who said future generations should not have to keep apologising for the mistakes of the past.

"I pray that this tragedy of war will not be repeated and together with the people, express my deep condolences for those who fell in battle and in the ravages of war, and pray for world peace and the further prosperity of our country," said Akihito.

Earlier, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Prime Minister Abe's speech contained "regrettable elements", but did not expand on this.

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