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    1. December 14, 2014

      Abe strengthens grip in Japanese election

      Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic party has cruised to another election victory in Japan, strengthening the prime minister’s...

    2. December 12, 2014

      Resigned Japanese voters set to back Abe

      There is much to dislike about Shinzo Abe, according to Mari Sakikura, a 47-year-old systems engineer. She resents the...

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      Positive leadership and the prospect of the Olympics returning to Tokyo are boosting c...
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    1. December 10, 2014

      Shinzo Abe faces feeble challenge from once-powerful DPJ

      Fuku Yamaguchi is, in many respects, a typical Japanese voter. The 71-year-old Shinjuku pensioner is mostly bemused by...

    2. December 9, 2014

      Japan’s voters see no alternative to Abe and his reflation plan

      Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic party is running on the slogan “There is no other way to economic recovery”. It is printed...

    3. December 4, 2014

      Polls point to landslide victory for Abe’s party in Japan vote

      Polls in Japan suggest Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic party is on course for a landslide victory in an election on Sunday...

    4. December 3, 2014

      Japan: A ballot on Abenomics

      If the aim of a snap election is to take everyone by surprise, then Shinzo Abe has played a blinder. Almost no one in Japan...

    5. November 21, 2014

      Abenomics fuels Japanese debate on widening inequality

      “Abenomics” has been a mixed blessing for shoeshop owner Yutaka Kobayashi. His wealthy elderly customers have continued to...

    6. November 20, 2014

      Ex-minister Yuko Obuchi to defend seat in Japan’s snap election

      Yuko Obuchi, who quit last month after just six weeks as Japan’s trade minister, is set to run on the ruling party’s ticket...

    7. November 18, 2014

      Japan readies for election but asks ‘why?’

      In calling snap elections for next month, Shinzo Abe is seeking a new political mandate for his efforts to revitalise...

    8. November 17, 2014

      Abenomics’ direction uncertain after GDP shock

      So where does “Abenomics” go from here? Less than two years ago, Shinzo Abe’s big idea was to boost Japan’s growth rate to...

    9. November 13, 2014

      Shinzo Abe on verge of calling snap general elections in Japan

      Shinzo Abe is on the brink of his biggest political gamble. Japan’s prime minister seems set to go to the polls next month,...

    10. November 11, 2014

      Talk emerges of snap election in Japan

      Speculation is mounting that the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will call a snap general election next month, as he...

    11. December 8, 2013

      Japan passes controversial secrecy law

      Japan has approved a controversial official secrets law that prime minister Shinzo Abe says is crucial to strengthening...

    12. October 30, 2013

      Abenomics: Complacency is biggest threat to resurgence

      Last October, posters suddenly appeared on the streets of the Japanese capital declaring that “the centre of the world...

    13. July 19, 2013

      Japanese politicians struggle with online pitch

      On Friday afternoon, some 13,600 people were tuned into Suzuchan, the online video channel set up by Kan Suzuki, a Japanese...

    14. July 14, 2013

      Japanese PM Abe vows to protect agriculture in trade talks

      Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been busy reassuring farmers that he will not sacrifice them in his pursuit of free...

    15. July 3, 2013

      Abenomics boosts LDP ahead of upper house elections

      Four years ago, after Japan’s conservative Liberal Democrats suffered their first general election defeat in half a century,...

    16. FT Alphaville

      March 13, 2013

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning, New York… FT ALPHAVILLE Some Libor frustration: Joseph picked up on some (more) Libor reading and used it to...

    17. FT Alphaville

      March 13, 2013

      Japan's DPJ not so sure about Iwata... and possibly Kuroda, too

      Excitement about an imminently more pro-active BoJ might take a bit of a tumble on this news out of Tokyo late yesterday....

    18. The World

      December 16, 2012

      The Japanese election and the islands dispute

      The victory of the LDP and Shinzo Abe in the Japanese elections completes a cycle in Japanese politics. The Democratic Party...

    19. December 14, 2012

      Abe tipped to resume power in Japan

      Sentiment among Japan’s biggest manufacturers has fallen to its weakest level since early 2010 – piling new pressure on the...

    20. December 12, 2012

      Japan dam debacle shows DPJ’s failings

      When Japan’s Democratic party promised to halt construction of Yamba Dam in its 2009 election manifesto, the pledge was...

    21. December 10, 2012

      Japan enters recession before election

      Japan has entered its fifth recession in 15 years just days before the December 16 election, which is expected to sweep the...

    22. December 9, 2012

      Abe’s return

      The political comeback of Shinzo Abe is one of the stranger twists in the recent, convoluted history of Japanese politics....

    23. December 5, 2012

      Candidates vie for BoJ governorship

      Masaaki Shirakawa is the accidental governor. If all had gone according to the ruling Liberal Democratic party’s original...

    24. December 5, 2012

      Abe can turn round Japan’s fortunes

      No sooner has a new leader been appointed in China, than Japan faces change at the top too. When it comes to transitions of...

    25. December 4, 2012

      Economic indecision turns off Japan voters

      Three years ago, the Democratic Party of Japan won a landslide election victory, breaking the Liberal Democrat party’s...

    26. November 26, 2012

      Shirakawa defends BoJ from attack

      Japan’s central bank governor has defended his record on monetary easing, amid mounting political pressure on the Bank of...

    27. November 20, 2012

      BoJ holds firm amid political pressure

      Masaaki Shirakawa, governor of the Bank of Japan, has hit back against mounting political pressure on the central bank,...

    28. November 14, 2012

      Japan’s PM calls December election

      Japan will hold a general election next month that is widely expected to oust the ruling Democratic party after a tumultuous...

    29. November 13, 2012

      Japan averts fund crash ahead of elections

      Japan’s government has reached a deal with opposition parties over a controversial bond bill, averting a funding crunch and...

    30. November 11, 2012

      Noda vows to join trade deal talks

      Yoshihiko Noda, the Japanese prime minister, has pledged to join talks on a domestically controversial pan-Pacific free...

    31. November 6, 2012

      Fears of Japan budget disaster overblown

      It says a great deal about the standard of political debate in Japan that much recent discussion has focused on the meaning...

    32. October 26, 2012

      Japan Post prepares for privatisation

      Japan Post has drawn up plans for a 2015 public listing, which could raise as much as Y7tn ($87bn) in what would be the...

    33. October 25, 2012

      Japan grapples with its fiscal cliff

      The Japanese finance ministry will hold crisis talks with bond dealers in the world’s largest government debt market on...

    34. September 14, 2012

      Japan to phase out nuclear power

      Japan will phase out nuclear power by 2040 marking a big policy shift and the first formal decision to retreat from atomic...

    35. September 9, 2012

      Osaka mayor launches political party

      Toru Hashimoto, the outspoken mayor of Osaka, has launched a new party, threatening to roil Japan’s political landscape in...

    36. September 7, 2012

      Japan delays Y5tn public spending

      The Japanese government is to push back Y5tn ($63bn) of budgeted spending over the next three months, risking further damage...

    37. August 22, 2012

      Japan, China and their ‘history problem’

      When the Democratic Party of Japan took power three years ago, it promised a radical overhaul of foreign policy. It wanted...

    38. August 17, 2012

      Japan warns on island dispute with China

      Japan’s trade minister warned on Friday that the latest escalation of a dispute with China over islands in the East China...

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