TOKYO (AP) — Government data show Japan's industrial output fell in November, and consumer prices continued to decline in the latest show of a dismal economy.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry reported Friday industrial production dropped 1.7 percent from the previous year.
Another ministry said the core consumer price index slipped 0.1 percent in November, compared to the same month last year, a sign Japan is still dogged by deflation, or prices spiraling downward.
The unemployment rate improved by 0.1 percent from the previous month to 4.1 percent last month.
Hopes are high that new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's policies, centered on loose monetary policy and public spending will wrest the world's third largest economy out of the doldrums. Stocks are recovering and the yen has slipped, a boost for Japan.
Ann Coulter - How To Write A New York Times Op-Ed In Three Easy Steps
Homemade Gunpowder from What? - Bearing Arms - Video
Chris Versace - The Trade-offs in Owning Stocks vs. ETFs
Go Back To Your Day Job, Lindsey Graham | RedState
War on cops: Female officer in Penn. assaulted and thrown over guardrail after stopping to help disabled vehicle
FBI starting probe of Hillary server to check for espionage - Hot Air
How to Write a New York Times Op-Ed in Three Easy Steps | Human Events