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Oil-price dip is no panacea

Falling oil prices — to below $80 a barrel a few weeks ago — indicate that concern over faltering demand because of weakness in the global economy trumps the usual market reponse to turmoil in the Middle East.

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Secrets for the making

The government has adopted guidelines for implementing the state secrets law on Dec. 10, but the lack of an effective mechanism to prevent the arbitrary designation of information as a state secret threatens the very foundation of Japan's democracy.