A recovery in exports may ease the risk of a double-dip recession, while the Bank of Japan upgraded its growth forecast for the next fiscal year at its rate review yesterday. The central bank stood pat on policy. Still, the pace of recovery in Japan's shipments paled in comparison with neighbouring export hubs such as China, Taiwan and South Korea, all of which saw double-digit growth led by global demand for chip and technology products. Analysts also expect the recovery in Japanese shipments to slow down in the coming months as they approach pre-pandemic levels, and with virus infections still surging in Europe and elsewhere. Ministry of Finance data out yesterday showed that Japan's exports rose 2 per cent last month from a year earlier, slightly below a 2.
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Japan has seen a rise in the number of people taking their own lives in recent months as anxieties brought on by the coronavirus pandemic take an emotional and psychological toll. The trend is believed to have been exacerbated by the apparent suicides of celebrities and has had mental experts scrambling to respond. Yasuyuki Shimizu, representative director of the Japan Suicide Countermeasures Promotion Center, warned that the risk of suicide has been growing in Japan, especially for women, and his concern is borne out by the figures. Suicides by women began to rise in June from a year earlier and in November marked the sixth straight month of increase, logging an
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As the release date for Monster Hunter Rise draws near, Capcom has continued to share new details with its fans. With the launch of Monster Hunter World for PC in , and its Iceborne expansion in , the Monster Hunter franchise has seen a huge audience growth in the Western market. This growth has even been big enough for Hollywood to produce a Monster Hunter live-action film based on the game, even though many fans are dismayed about the outcome. However, Japan is still the home country of Monster Hunter.
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