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Nintendo unveiled its new Switch game console Friday, which works both at home and on-the-go, as it tries to offset disappointing Wii U sales and compete with Sony's big-selling PlayStation 4.
 
Business lobby meets Abe
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, toasts with leaders of the country's business chambers at a New Year's party in Tokyo on Thursday, Jan 5.
 
The underreporting of working hours is suspected to have occurred in several departments at Japanese advertising giant Dentsu Inc., which has already been referred to prosecutors on suspicion of violating the Labor Standards Law by having its employee work illegally long hours, according to sources.
 
Last call for fish
Japanese currencies lay in a basket at a shop at the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo on Friday, Dec. 30.
 
Japan's consumer prices fell for the ninth straight month in November, official data showed Tuesday, while household spending declined and unemployment ticked up.
 
Bank of Japan lifts view of economy
The Bank of Japan on Tuesday lifted its view of the economy for the first time in over a year, as the sliding yen boosts exports, offering some hope for Tokyo's stuttering growth program.
 
Japan surpassed China in October as the largest foreign owner of U.S. Treasury securities, the first time the countries have swapped places in nearly two years. Total foreign holdings fell for a fourth month.
 
Japan ratifies trade pact that US plans to dump
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won parliamentary approval Friday for ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, despite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from the 12-nation trade pact.
 
Budget with a beat
This photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 7 shows a colorful plane from budget carrier Peach Airlines featuring a blow-up photograph of famous Japanese band Ketsumeishi.
 
Japan's factory output ticked up in October, expanding for the third month in a row, government data showed Wednesday.
 
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