Today's Daily Digit: 0.9 percent
That's how much Japan's economy shrank in the third quarter, bringing the nation to the brink of recession.
Reuters Business Report - Shocked by the numbers Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda warned an urgent response was needed.
JAPANESE PRIME MINISTER YOSHIHIKO NODA :
"On an annualised basis the figures showed GDP dropped by 3.5 percent. I feel these are very serious numbers."Japan had been growing more quickly than the US and Europe in the first half of the year. But now that growth has stalled while the US in particular has taken off.
Weak exports have been among the biggest drags on Japan's economy.
A lull in demand from Europe hurting.
And now tense diplomatic relations with its biggest trading partner China adding to the pain as sales of Japanese goods such as cars plunge in Chinese cities.
Domestic consumption, which accounts for more than half the country's economy, has also been weak. Consumers are holding back on purchases.
Hugh Young of Aberdeen:
MANAGING DIRECTOR, ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT, HUGH YOUNG:
Japan's economy had been boosted earlier in the year by a surge of spending to rebuild after the 2011 earthquake. But as daily life returns to normal, the surge is wearing off and Japan is starting to fall behind.