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    1. July 13, 2016

      Tweaking and tinkering will not fix Japan’s democracy

      No one can be happier than Shinzo Abe that Sunday’s upper house election tipped the legislative balance in favour of...

    2. July 11, 2016

      Shinzo Abe wins sweeping victory in Japan elections

      Shinzo Abe has won a sweeping victory in elections to Japan’s upper house and there is now a parliamentary...

    1. Fast FT

      June 1, 2016

      Abe confirms sales tax hike delay

      Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe confirmed at a news conference on Wednesday that he will delay a hike in sales tax...

    2. May 1, 2016

      Abenomics is failing, warns Japanese opposition leader

      Abenomics is failing, the leader of Japan’s main opposition party has declared, as he warned the Bank of Japan against...

    3. April 20, 2016

      Abenomics faces Hokkaido by-election test

      The fate of Abenomics may rest on a 43-year-old single mother and a 44-year-old salaryman as they prepare to fight a...

    4. March 29, 2016

      Japan’s negative rate bounty sparks calls for fresh spending

      Japan’s government has already locked in annual savings of Y80bn ($707m) thanks to negative interest rates as political...

    5. March 15, 2016

      Japan Inc: Heavy meddling

      At the height of its powers in the 1970s, Japan’s ministry of international trade and industry could turn spoons into...

    6. February 18, 2016

      Japan’s vanishing golf courses sum up Abenomics

      The golf courses of Japan are a useful financial indicator. As members succumb either to straitened circumstances in a...

    7. Fast FT

      January 28, 2016

      Japan names new economy minister

      Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he intends to appoint Nobuteru Ishihara, former environment minister, to...

    8. September 24, 2015

      Shinzo Abe vows to boost Japan output by 22% with new reforms

      Shinzo Abe has vowed to boost the size of Japan’s economy from Y491tn to Y600tn and said his programme of reforms was...

    9. July 7, 2015

      Shinzo Abe faces setback on Japan security reform

      Shinzo Abe‘s attempts to push forward controversial security reforms may have suffered a setback after MPs from his...

    10. June 30, 2015

      Japanese politicians sweat in the city to pass Abe’s pet project

      Summer in Japan. First the air turns damp, then the rain pours, before June gives way to the sweaty heat of July and...

    11. June 29, 2015

      Shinzo Abe accused of ‘emasculating Japanese media’

      When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke on the southern island of Okinawa last week he faced loud heckling — but...

    12. May 31, 2015

      Japan prepares to lower voting age

      The world’s most rapidly ageing society is preparing to lower its voting age from 20 to 18 and Natsuki Uchiyama, a...

    13. May 13, 2015

      Japan military reform poses threat to Abenomics

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, will this week push ahead with plans to loosen rules governing the military, even...

    14. Westminster Blog

      May 8, 2015

      Election live: Cameron's victory

      Welcome to our live election coverage, bringing you the latest reaction to the Tories winning an unexpected majority –...

    15. March 3, 2015

      Donations scandal ensnares Japan leaders

      Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has been drawn into a growing scandal over political donations that threatens to...

    16. February 23, 2015

      Shinzo Abe loses ally in TPP trade deal

      Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, has lost an important ally on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal after...

    17. December 24, 2014

      Abe sworn in as prime minister following election victory

      Shinzo Abe has been sworn in as Japan’s prime minister ten days on from the ruling party’s comfortable victory in a...

    18. December 17, 2014

      The truth behind Shinzo Abe’s election ‘landslide’

      Who will win last week’s Japanese election? The question seems foolish, not to mention grammatically confused. Shinzo...

    19. December 15, 2014

      Abe’s limited window of opportunity to fix Japan

      Shinzo Abe’s re-election as Japanese prime minister is an important boost for his efforts to break the country’s long...

    20. December 15, 2014

      Abe wins mandate to continue but not all Japanese convinced

      Shinzo Abe did not seem jubilant, or even terribly relieved. Instead, when Japan’s prime minister spoke on television...

    21. December 15, 2014

      Abe strengthens grip in Japanese election

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

    22. December 14, 2014

      Okinawa sends message to Abe on US marine base

      Shinzo Abe may have won a thumping electoral victory overall but the prime minister suffered a big setback in Okinawa....

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. December 8, 2014

      Japan recession worse than first reported

      The recession that struck Japan after a tax increase in April was deeper than first reported, the government said on...

    27. December 5, 2014

      Fallen star Yuko Obuchi aims to rise again in Japan’s election

      Taking off her shoes and standing on a beer box with tears welling in her eyes, Yuko Obuchi, Japan’s disgraced former...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. FT Photo Diary

      December 2, 2014

      Fishy campaigning

      Japan‘s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, eats a local grilled fish...

    31. The World

      December 2, 2014

      Japan: the recession that never was?

      The ink is barely dry on the first estimate of Japan’s gross domestic product from July to September, which suggested...

    32. December 1, 2014

      Moody’s downgrades Japan’s credit rating

      The government of Japan is now a riskier borrower than either China or South Korea, according to Moody’s, which has put...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. November 17, 2014

      Where does Japan go from here?

      Tuesday 18 November – a fifth and final panel of advisers reports on the likely impact of implementing the second stage...

    38. November 16, 2014

      Shinzo Abe suffers setback in Okinawa elections

      A candidate opposed to the relocation of a US naval base appears to have won an emphatic election victory in the...

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