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Japan asks how low can the yen go, and will it hurt

Bears see currency hitting 125 to the dollar by year's end

A tanker loads liquefied natural gas bound for Japan in 2016. Energy prices that year were far lower than they are today, adding to the currency pressures now being felt by Japan.   © AP

TOKYO -- Not long ago, Japan would have welcomed the yen weakening to a six-year low. But now the energy-poor economy is feeling the pain as well as the gain.

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