Japan factory output plunges, jobless rate jumps (AP)

In this March 25, 2003 file photo, a homeless man rides a bicycle loaded with huge bags of used cans he collected to sell for recycling in Kawasaki, south of Tokyo.  Japan's jobless rate rose to 4.4 percent in December from a month earlier, worse than 3.9 percent in November. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, FILE)AP – The pain of Japan’s recession is spreading from the factory floor to the living room, as December figures showed companies slashing output at a record pace, the jobless rate surging and household spending falling sharply.

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