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The government is stirring hopes that it will adopt bold measures to deregulate industry and stimulate investment

Japan teetering on the edge of recovery

The government is stirring hopes that it will adopt bold measures to deregulate industry and stimulate investment, says Michiyo Nakamoto

Renewables: Sharp change in attitude drives green energy interest

Nuclear accident has concentrated minds on alternatives, says Julian Ryall

Abenomics: Rally puts a spring in step of specialists

Opinions vary on how long good times might last, writes Ben McLannahan

Electronics: Lifelines thrown to alleviate distress

Industry offers object lessons in failure and opportunity, writes Lucy Birmingham

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Company profile: Big bet pays off for US IT group

Trust, technology, timing and a local rainmaker helped sow seeds of success for salesforce.com, writes Lucy Birmingham

Manufacturing: Countless efforts fail to produce employment

Factories have been closing doors all over the country, says Michiyo Nakamoto

Structural reform: First volleys fired in effort to promote dynamism

Prime minister will have to take on vested interests that have enjoyed decisive influence, writes Jonathan Soble

Property: Tide of money pours in to keep real estate prices firm

Rebound may signal the end of a 21-year slide in Tokyo, says Ben McLannahan

Budget airlines: Fledgling travel operators take to the skies

Established groups have tried to protect positions but the influence of low-cost companies is too big to ignore, says Julian Ryall

Asian brands: Outsiders try to get a grip on high demands and local loyalty

Newcomers start to make inroads after years spent gaining recognition, writes Michiyo Nakamoto

Healthcare: Medical groups glimpse future in extreme demographics

Ben McLannahan considers prospects for companies using Japan as a test bed

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