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Business trends

Chinese slowdown casts pall over Japan Inc.

Stronger yen, labor shortages also may test companies' true strength

A slowdown in China's economy could hamper earnings for Japanese companies.

TOKYO -- Japanese listed companies aiming to chalk up record earnings this fiscal year will face a host of challenges including overseas slowdowns, notably in China, as well as continuing labor shortages at home. Structural reform and growth through mergers and acquisitions should prove key to their success.

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