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      Japanese unemployment rate at lowest level since the late 1990s

      Job vacancies in Japan are at their highest in 23 years, while the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since the late...

    2. May 28, 2015

      Mixed view of Japan’s 10-day winning streak

      There is mixed news from Japan: the coastal whaling fleet killed 19 minke whales this year. This is the lowest since 2003,...

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    1. Foreign Exchange 2013

      After long months in the dark, currencies are coming back into the light...
    2. Japan

      This section, jointly produced with Nikkei, asks if success in reigniting growth and d...
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    1. May 27, 2015

      Bank of Japan accounts reveal anxiety over QE exit

      The Japanese government will miss out on Y201.8bn ($1.6bn) in Bank of Japan profits this year as the central bank piles up...

    2. May 24, 2015

      Hopes for further evidence of Japanese recovery

      Bank holidays in the UK and US today mark the start of a quiet week of data releases for many of the major economies. The...

    3. May 22, 2015

      IMF calls on Bank of Japan to expand monetary easing

      The International Monetary Fund has called on the Bank of Japan to expand its monetary easing in an all-out effort to push...

    4. May 20, 2015

      Currency traders seek clear signal for a weaker yen

      On Wednesday afternoon in Tokyo, the chief currency analyst at one of Japan’s biggest investment banks was winding up his...

    5. May 20, 2015

      Japan GDP data suggests struggle for momentum

      Japan’s economy grew at an annualised pace of 2.4 per cent in the first quarter but mainly due to a huge build-up in...

    6. May 19, 2015

      Key questions in big week for Japan data

      Japan will get a progress report on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic stimulus in a big week for economic data, with the...

    7. May 17, 2015

      Investors look for clues in bank minutes

      After a deluge of economic data sent the euro soaring over recent days, investors will be keeping their gaze on central bank...

    8. May 15, 2015

      Weaker yen rekindles Japanese equity fund inflows

      The Bank of Japan has rejected the idea of an imminent injection of further monetary stimulus into the economy, amid growing...

    9. May 11, 2015

      Abenomics is only a risk if it is allowed to fail

      Japan suffers from an ageing population, persistent deflation and knotty structural problems in its labour market and energy...

    10. April 30, 2015

      The west can look for answers in Japan’s lost decades

      Has Japan turned a corner? Three years after Shinzo Abe, prime minister, began deploying his three arrows of monetary...

    11. April 30, 2015

      Japan maintains pace of monetary stimulus

      The Bank of Japan has finally admitted defeat and changed its timetable for reaching 2 per cent inflation as sluggish growth...

    12. April 29, 2015

      Implied volatility shows sanguine dealers

      Less than 10 hours on Wednesday through Thursday will have separated the policy decisions and statements of the US Federal...

    13. April 28, 2015

      Why Japan is vulnerable

      As the eurozone’s great experiment with negative interest rates continues apace, the dynamic of global capital flows has...

    14. April 27, 2015

      Bets on yen weakness scaled back

      Currency investors and strategists say the prospect of a weaker yen against the dollar rests on a sharper divergence between...

    15. April 26, 2015

      Bank of Japan forced to cut economic forecasts as inflation dips

      The Bank of Japan will be forced to cut its growth and inflation forecasts this week, but officials are signalling that...

    16. April 21, 2015

      Abe selects Toyota adviser for Bank of Japan policy board

      Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has moved to reinforce the Bank of Japan’s fight against deflation by appointing a Toyota adviser...

    17. April 12, 2015

      Japan’s regional banks feel impact of BoJ stimulus

      Monetary stimulus is forcing Japan’s regional banks to take risk on foreign debt and equity-like securities, the sector’s...

    18. FT Alphaville

      April 10, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email hereAyatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has accused the US of distorting the...

    19. April 8, 2015

      BoJ maintains monetary policy despite missing inflation target

      The Bank of Japan has kept monetary policy on hold even as its initial two-year deadline for increasing inflation to 2 per...

    20. FT Alphaville

      April 8, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here Royal Dutch Shell is in “advanced” talks to buy BG Group for GBP46bn ($68bn), a 50...

    21. April 6, 2015

      US non-manufacturing data watched for signs of recovery slowdown

      The Bank of Japan and the Bank of England will both make policy announcements this week. In terms of data, highlights...

    22. April 2, 2015

      Corporate Japan expects inflation to slip

      Inflation expectations among Japanese companies have weakened slightly, according to one of the Bank of Japan’s favourite...

    23. The Exchange

      April 1, 2015

      Deflation is a global problem and needs collective action

      In the mid-1990s, few thought the Bank of Japan had lost control of monetary outcomes. Consensus forecasts suggested...

    24. March 29, 2015

      Splits emerge between BOJ and Japan’s policy makers

      This article is published by the FT as part of a collaboration with Nikkei that started in 2013 to provide added insight to...

    25. March 29, 2015

      World watches Japan and waits for outcome of Abenomics experiment

      We live in an era of radical economic policy experiments. The US Federal Reserve has bought trillions of dollars in assets....

    26. March 27, 2015

      An ageing population as an excuse for a Japanese currency war

      There is no more independently determined investment strategy in the world now; everyone in the markets is just trying to...

    27. March 27, 2015

      Japan nears deflation as core CPI hits zero

      Collapsing oil prices and subdued demand have again thrown Japan to the brink of deflation, despite the world’s biggest...

    28. March 25, 2015

      The art of Japanese debt juggling

      Movie buffs call it a “MacGuffin” — a device which serves no other purpose than to provide characters with a motive, often...

    29. Gavyn Davies

      March 23, 2015

      Currency wars rebound on the Fed

      When the Brazilian finance minister Guido Mantega complained that the Federal Reserve was waging a currency war against his...

    30. March 20, 2015

      Bank of Japan cites Volcker to stoke inflation

      The Bank of Japan has an unlikely hero in its campaign to end two decades of deflation and drive up prices: the great...

    31. Andrew Smithers

      March 18, 2015

      Current errors of conventional wisdom

      Conventional wisdom, those wrongheaded comments that sound authoritative, is flourishing. Much comes from seeing gross...

    32. March 17, 2015

      BoJ inflation promise comes unstuck

      Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan governor, said he could not rule out a spell of deflation later this year, as a plunge in oil...

    33. March 11, 2015

      Luck has bought time for Abenomics

      Is Abenomics a busted flush? To sceptics it must certainly look that way. Japan’s growth has faltered. A downward revision...

    34. Andrew Smithers

      March 11, 2015

      Quantitative easing and the Tokyo market

      Quantitative easing involves buying bonds and this increases the Bank of Japan’s assets and the monetary base which,...

    35. FT Alphaville

      March 4, 2015

      Abenomics and Japanese inequality, again

      Another data point for those keeping track of the impact of “Abenomics”, via a recent speech by Bank of Japan governor...

    36. March 4, 2015

      The BoJ is stretching its inflation target to breaking point

      Central bankers are normally keen adherents to the golden rule of forecasting: give them a target, or give them a date, but...

    37. March 3, 2015

      Pension funds overpower Kuroda’s misfiring bazooka

      Haruhiko Kuroda may soon be sending his bazooka for repairs. On the surface, at least, the Bank of Japan governor’s best...

    38. February 27, 2015

      Japan flirts with return to deflation

      Japan is flirting with a return to deflation after the annual pace of price increases fell to just 0.2 per cent in January,...

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