This week, the Imperial Household Agency curtailed the emperor's activities amid rising evidence of stress in the royal household.
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Policies to quash such chatter, including job termination, may boost morale and the bottom line.
Some companies are having problems getting loans, and others are being informed of reduced credit lines.
Some people focus too much on saving and not enough on planning for life after work, financial experts say.