japanese earthquake

Earthquake Rattles Japanese Animation Industry

One of Japan's best-known exports, its unique style of animation, faces a new crisis -- a disruption in production following the recent earthquake and tsunami. The multi-billion-dollar "anime" industry has already been challenged by overseas competition and high employee turnover at home.

Asian Markets Follow Oil Prices Higher

Markets in Hong Kong and China climbed Monday. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index rose 1.7% to 22,685 and China's Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.1% to end the day at 2,909. Japanese markets were closed today, taking a much-needed break to honor the vernal equinox marking the beginning of spring.

G-7 to Help Weaken Surging Japanese Yen

The Group of Seven countries on Thursday agreed to intervene to reduce the value of the Japanese yen, which has surged to record levels after last week's earthquake and tsunami.

Japanese Market Nosedives in Quake Aftermath

Japanese shares plummeted in the aftermath of what Prime Minister Naoto Kan describes as Japan's worst disaster since 1945. The Nikkei 225 Index plunged 6.2%. In Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index gained 0.4% and China's Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.1%.

Asian Markets Plunge on 8.8 Earthquake in Japan

Japan suffered a massive 8.8 earthquake Friday, the strongest to occur in the past century, sending Asian stock markets tumbling. In Japan the Nikkei 225 Index spiraled down 1.7% and in Hong Kong the Hang Seng Index dropped 1.6%. China's Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.8%.