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    1. December 2, 2014

      Cigarettes: smoke ’em if you got ’em

      Smokers in the developed world are out in the cold. Regulators have moved smoking from bars into streets; advertising has...

    2. July 15, 2014

      Imperial Tobacco powers ahead in ecigarette market

      Imperial Tobacco’s acquisition of Blu from Lorillard has catapulted the Bristol-based group ahead of the other big four...

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    1. June 22, 2014

      Shareholder activism catches fire in Japan

      Shareholder activism is catching on in Japan. A record 14 shareholder proposals for higher returns will be made at annual...

    2. June 11, 2014

      Japan Tobacco joins rivals in e-cigarette market with E-Lites buy

      Japan Tobacco became the latest global tobacco manufacturer to enter the fast-growing electronic cigarette market after...

    3. beyondbrics

      June 2, 2014

      Russia's smoking ban to be put to the test

      Tough times ahead for Russian smokers and for the international tobacco groups that feed their obnoxious habit: a ban on...

    4. May 20, 2014

      TCI presses Tokyo to sell its Japan Tobacco stake

      UK-based activist hedge fund The Children’s Investment Fund has escalated its campaign against Japan Tobacco, calling for...

    5. May 14, 2014

      Report slams US tobacco child labour

      Children who cannot legally buy cigarettes harvest tobacco, use heavy machinery and climb into barn rafters to dry leaves....

    6. March 31, 2014

      Japanese groups introduce changes to counter tax rise fallout

      Kirin Ichiban Shibori beer has 10 per cent more hops. Asahi Super Dry boasts a sharper flavour, thanks to higher-tech “yeast...

    7. March 6, 2014

      Cigarette makers surge on deal talks

      Shares of Reynolds American and Lorillard have surged this week on investor interest in a potential deal between the US...

    8. November 28, 2013

      Tobacco: what it says on the tin

      Only two things are certain in the debate over plain packaging for tobacco products. The anti-tobacco lobby will produce...

    9. November 14, 2013

      Regulators take aim at high-margin tobacco products

      The life of a smoker is not a happy one. Thanks to increased regulation, smokers are banished outdoors, reminded in large...

    10. October 31, 2013

      Dollar up as markets ponder taper timing

      Thursday 20:10 GMT. Action in the currency markets grabbed the headlines as expectations for central bank policy on both...

    11. October 30, 2013

      Japan Tobacco to axe 1,600 jobs and close factories

      Japan Tobacco is cutting jobs and closing factories in its domestic market as it battles increasing taxation and regulation...

    12. August 25, 2013

      China banks eye Rmb100bn in equity sales

      China’s smaller banks are planning more than Rmb100bn ($16.8bn) in equity sales as they look to shore up their capital bases...

    13. August 15, 2013

      Tobacco – volume and value

      Like smoke from Frank Sinatra’s cigarette the global tobacco sector has climbed 40 per cent over the past two years. That is...

    14. June 19, 2013

      Smoking: Plain packaging war smoulders

      When James Reilly, the Irish health minister, announced in May that he would introduce legislation next year requiring that...

    15. June 2, 2013

      Japan embraces more cordial approach to investor relations

      At Japan Tobacco’s annual shareholder meeting this month in a Tokyo hotel, four proposals from The Children’s Investment...

    16. May 28, 2013

      Ireland plans to adopt plain packaging of cigarettes

      Ireland plans to become the second country in the world to ban all branding on cigarette packets following a decision on...

    17. May 14, 2013

      Activist makes his point to Sony

      There used to be few surer ways of losing money in the investing world than undertaking an activist campaign in Japan. On...

    18. May 14, 2013

      Loeb puts pressure on Sony to revitalise

      In one of the clearest signs yet that Japan’s expansionist monetary policies are fuelling a surge of interest in the country...

    19. May 1, 2013

      Daiwa Securities’ profits boosted by impact of ‘Abenomics’ rally

      Profits at Daiwa Securities more than quadrupled from a year earlier in the fourth quarter, as the market rally triggered by...

    20. February 25, 2013

      Japan to raise up to $10bn from tobacco share sale

      The Japanese government is selling up to 16.67 per cent in Japan Tobacco, raising an estimated Y967bn ($10.3bn), in one of...

    21. February 14, 2013

      Japan remains mired in recession

      Japan secured fresh ammunition against charges that it is recklessly expanding its monetary policy and weakening the yen...

    22. December 23, 2012

      Boom year for activist investors

      Investment funds that seek to profit by pushing for strategy shifts at companies or improvements in corporate governance...

    23. October 28, 2012

      Retail corporate bonds: More interest paid in a stable return

      Bankers in Tokyo tend to offer three pieces of advice for elderly relatives fielding cold calls from brokers. “If the...

    24. October 19, 2012

      Asian techs hit by disappointing US earnings

      Asian markets took a breather as earnings misses by Google and Microsoft in the US drove the region’s technology shares...

    25. beyondbrics

      October 16, 2012

      Russia: smoking bans in the pipeline

      Russia is finally getting tough on tobacco with a new law that will ban smoking in public places by January 1, 2015 and...

    26. September 12, 2012

      Tobacco companies – out of puff

      Gauloises have their helmets and Gitanes their dancers. But the two French cigarette brands may soon be sheared of their...

    27. September 4, 2012

      Earnings concerns weigh on China

      Asian stocks fell on Tuesday, led lower by weak trading in China and Hong Kong as earnings concerns weighed. China’s...

    28. FT Alphaville

      August 21, 2012

      The 6am Cut London

      EU investigating cigarette sales to Syria. The sales were by a Swiss-based unit of Japan Tobacco to a firm at least partly...

    29. August 15, 2012

      Australia upholds tobacco branding ban

      Australia’s top court has rejected a challenge by the world’s biggest tobacco companies seeking to overturn a law requiring...

    30. July 31, 2012

      Nomura faces penalty over insider case

      Japan’s financial regulator is set to penalise Nomura for breaching Japanese financial law by failing to have proper...

    31. July 26, 2012

      Nomura retreats to faltering Japan

      When Nomura acquired the non-European businesses of Lehman Brothers four years ago, and pledged to become a global...

    32. July 26, 2012

      Nomura reins in ambition after purge

      Nomura is to rein in its global investment banking operations after purging its top management under pressure from...

    33. July 24, 2012

      Tobacco – packaging panic

      It is all getting very heated in the tobacco sector. The UK government is consulting on whether to ban branding from tobacco...

    34. July 22, 2012

      Corporate Japan: Back on track

      Back in the late 1980s, Japan’s dealmakers made waves with their acquisitions of trophy assets such as Columbia Pictures in...

    35. July 6, 2012

      JT threatens UK over plain packaging

      Japan Tobacco International, the world’s third-biggest tobacco company by volume, has warned it will take legal action...

    36. July 2, 2012

      KHI asks Daiwa to step down as underwriter

      Kawasaki Heavy Industries has taken the unusual move of asking Daiwa Securities to step down from its role as underwriter to...

    37. June 28, 2012

      Tokyo climbs to six-week high

      Asian stocks extended gains, but regional indices were boosted mainly by a strong showing for Japanese stocks which lifted...

    38. June 27, 2012

      Construction stocks lift Nikkei

      Asian shares rebounded from a four-day losing streak as construction stocks in Japan lifted the Nikkei and real estate...

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