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    1. August 28, 2015

      Japan inflation dips but avoids turning negative

      Headline inflation in Japan slid to a year-on-year rate of just 0.2 per cent in July but the data contained some good...

    2. August 27, 2015

      BoJ’s Kuroda plays ketchup on inflation

      Friday is inflation data day in Japan, and it is likely to yield uncomfortable reading for the deflation-battling...

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

      China slowdown is latest threat to Abenomics

      As recently as 10 years ago, an economic slowdown in China would have caused barely a ripple in Japan. At that time,...

    2. August 24, 2015

      Low liquidity drives fresh emerging markets forex sell-off

      Low liquidity was one of the drivers behind some of the most volatile trading in the forex market this year, as the...

    3. FT Alphaville

      August 20, 2015

      Summer thunder [now with answers]

      It’s August. Less quiet that usual but still August. Have a quiz. Courtesy of BofAML’s Michael Hartnett, of the...

    4. August 17, 2015

      Japan’s economy contracts in second quarter

      The Japanese economy shrank at an annualised rate of 1.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2015, in a blow to Prime...

    5. FT Alphaville

      August 4, 2015

      Further reading

      Elsewhere on Tuesday, - How I gave up alternating current, and other thoughts on saving the world by the founder of...

    6. July 29, 2015

      BoJ edges towards new inflation measure

      The Bank of Japan is nowhere near the 2 per cent target for inflation it set in April 2013, when governor Haruhiko...

    7. July 24, 2015

      Fed and BoE roar ahead of rate race rivals

      Central banks are starting to resemble Formula One drivers of current vintage — two of them well out in front,...

    8. FT Photo Diary

      July 15, 2015

      Banking on Japan

      Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda touches his face during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in...

    9. July 15, 2015

      Bank of Japan downgrades GDP and inflation forecasts

      The Bank of Japan trimmed its growth and inflation forecasts on Wednesday but economists in Tokyo fear worse lies ahead...

    10. July 15, 2015

      Dollar bolstered by Yellen testimony

      Wednesday 21:00 BST. The dollar gained ground in response to the latest comments on interest rates from Janet Yellen,...

    11. July 10, 2015

      Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund posts record returns

      The world’s largest pension fund delivered a return of 12.3 per cent in 2014 in a result that helps vindicate its shift...

    12. June 30, 2015

      Yen is running out of wiggle room

      The Greek spectacle has descended from high drama to low farce, with the troubled country putting in a cheeky request...

    13. June 26, 2015

      Japan job market tightest in 23 years

      The number of job openings per applicant in Japan has risen to its highest level in a generation amid growing signs of...

    14. June 24, 2015

      Stocks slip amid lack of Greek progress

      Wednesday 21:00 BST. US and European stocks drifted lower and the euro edged ahead as a lack of progress in...

    15. June 19, 2015

      Bank of Japan shakes up forecast policy

      The Bank of Japan will become the first big central bank to publish individual economic forecasts by its board members...

    16. June 16, 2015

      Yellen’s market-moving power on show

      Imagine Janet Yellen as Rory McIlroy, a nine-iron in her hands, measuring up her shot on to the green. That is how John...

    17. June 16, 2015

      Central banks stash cash for unwind shock

      It should be no surprise that in the Alice in Wonderland world of central banks these days — when preserving the value...

    18. June 14, 2015

      Economic outlook: Fed interest rate announcement keenly awaited

      Inflation and interest rates are top of the agenda of this week’s announcements. On Wednesday the Federal Reserve...

    19. June 10, 2015

      Dollar setback good news for silver bulls

      The dollar index was back under pressure at mid-session on Wednesday, down to about 94.60 — nearly 6 per cent below the...

    20. June 10, 2015

      Kuroda remarks spark sharp yen rally

      The Japanese yen shot up 1.3 per cent on Wednesday after central bank governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the currency was...

    21. June 10, 2015

      Reasons to fear a ‘triple taper tantrum’

      The “taper tantrum” during summer 2013 was a chastening exercise in exit communication. Since then, not only the...

    22. June 9, 2015

      How to restore self-belief to the Japanese economy

      Watersheds in economic history are few and far between. A determined statesman may succeed in nudging the economy on to...

    23. June 8, 2015

      Japan economy grows 3.9% in first quarter

      Japan’s economy grew at an annualised pace of 3.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2015 as revised data showed the best...

    24. June 4, 2015

      Peter Pan inspires Japan monetary policy

      Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda has revealed the inspirational force behind the central bank’s unprecedented...

    25. June 3, 2015

      South Korea likely to take up arms in currency war

      The warning from Leon Trotsky that “you may not be interested in war but war is interested in you” might seem apt to...

    26. June 2, 2015

      Japanese currency pierces Y125 barrier as slide deepens

      The yen dipped below Y125 against the US dollar for the first time since 2002 on Tuesday, continuing a slide that has...

    27. June 2, 2015

      Euro lifted by Greek deal hopes and firmer inflation data

      Rumours of a Greek deal and stronger eurozone data helped to drive the euro to its biggest session rise in nearly three...

    28. May 29, 2015

      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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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....

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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