“Japan’s economy is on track to achieve 2.5 percent real GDP growth in the fiscal year starting April 2013, forecasts the country’s Cabinet Office, spurring optimism that the government’s aggressive stimulus measures will boost growth.”

"Japan’s deputy prime minister has retracted his suggestion that old people should "hurry up and die"┬árather than have their live-saving treatment funded by the taxpayer."

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/427024/20130123/jaopan-deputy-prime-minster-old-people-hurry.htm

"The International Monetary Fund has slashed its growth forecast for the UK by more than any other major global economy apart from Japan only days before the release of Britain’s official gross domestic product figures."

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/427071/20130123/imf-uk-economy-growth-forecast-george-osborne.htm

"Beijing has accused US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of being "ignorant and irresponsible" over her remarks on the long-running stand-off between China and Japan over the ownership of a group of disputed islands in the East China Sea."

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/426184/20130121/china-clinton-diaoyu-senkaku-islands-japan.htm