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Asia stocks stutter as Japan confidence falls

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BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets stuttered Friday after a survey showed a sharp drop in Japanese business confidence and a lack of progress in U.S. budget negotiations intensified fears that the world's largest economy faces a new recession. Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 0.4 percent to 9,706.50 after a Bank of Japan survey showed large Japanese manufacturers becoming more pessimistic about...

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