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  1. March 13, 2014

    Japan to end self-imposed ban on weapons exports

    Japan is poised to end a decades-old self-imposed ban on weapons exports as the government seeks to cut away postwar...

  2. February 9, 2014

    Abe’s nationalism takes a worrying turn

    Much of the motivation for Abenomics, Japan’s bold gambit to breathe life into its economy, comes courtesy of Beijing. It...

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  1. February 9, 2014

    Masuzoe wins Tokyo poll with gradual approach to nuclear power

    A supporter of nuclear power backed by Japan’s national ruling party won a decisive victory in Tokyo’s gubernatorial...

  2. January 24, 2014

    Tokyo governor race turns into battle over nuclear power

    Racing to run Tokyo Fighting to be heard over the video screens that pummel Tokyo’s Shibuya district with adverts for pop...

  3. October 30, 2013

    Japan’s economy: Two arrows on target but third yet to hit home

    A plan seems to be coming together. Before Japan went to the polls in December, Shinzo Abe set out his stall. If elected...

  4. October 30, 2013

    Olympics and Abenomics boost Japan

    In the course of Japan’s seven-year campaign to bring the Olympics back to Tokyo – the city that broadcast its postwar...

  5. October 30, 2013

    Pressure builds on Mizuho chief over gangster loans scandal

    Pressure is building on Yasuhiro Sato, president of Mizuho Financial Group, over his handling of a shady loans scandal that...

  6. October 30, 2013

    Japan government moves closer to Fukushima takeover

    Japan’s government has moved a step closer to taking direct control of the clean-up at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...

  7. October 25, 2013

    Tokyo Fashion Week boosts Japanese designers

    As Japan undertakes its bold stimulus plan under its prime minister Shinzo Abe, Japanese fashion is getting a boost, too....

  8. October 24, 2013

    Japan edges closer to lifting casino ban

    A long-debated proposal to lift Japan’s ban on casino gambling could come to fruition in months after a multi-party group of...

  9. October 14, 2013

    Japan politicians criticise Shinzo Abe’s trade pact push

    When Japan joined a dozen other Asia-Pacific countries in talks to form an ultraliberal regional trade zone earlier this...

  10. October 7, 2013

    Shinzo Abe interview: ‘I am convinced our road is the only way’

    There is a confidence, almost a swagger, about Shinzo Abe. After 10 months in office, the good news just keeps coming. Since...

  11. September 20, 2013

    Abe picks corporate tax fight

    Shinzo Abe has wasted no time picking his next tax battle. The Japanese prime minister has not yet formally announced his...

  12. FT Alphaville

    September 16, 2013

    Abe, still between a rock and a hard place on sales tax

    Shinzo Abe has a problem. As the FT’s Jonathan Soble noted last week, part of what appears to have persuaded Abe to press...

  13. August 19, 2013

    Japan exports slide amid subdued demand

    Japan’s exports slipped for the first time in eight months in July, as subdued demand in key markets such as the US and Asia...

  14. FT Alphaville

    August 9, 2013

    Why so calm JGBs?

    An interesting aside to the consumption tax argument from BNP Paribas’ Ryutaro Kono — why have JGB markets been so calm? It...

  15. August 1, 2013

    Nazi gaffe exposes constitutional ambition of Japan’s LDP

    Things have been going so well for Shinzo Abe and his ruling Japanese coalition – historically high approval ratings, a...

  16. July 30, 2013

    Japan suffers industrial output drop

    Japan’s industrial output declined for the first time in five months in June, contracting 3.3 per cent, but manufacturers’...

  17. July 29, 2013

    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda backs Japan sales tax rise

    Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan governor, is supporting a politically contentious plan to raise the national sales tax, a...

  18. FT Alphaville

    July 22, 2013

    The Closer

    FURTHER FURTHER READING - 99-yr-old minimum wage custodian and his employers show why everyone hates economics. - Regulators...

  19. July 22, 2013

    Abe’s electoral win is great news for Japan

    Japanese voters have given their prime minister and his ambitious economic reform plan a boost as Shinzo Abe’s Liberal...

  20. July 22, 2013

    Abe and the world

    Victory for Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic party in this weekend’s upper house election has implications beyond Japan. Mr...

  21. July 22, 2013

    Abe issues party rallying cry after poll win

    Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, exhorted his triumphant Liberal Democratic party on Monday to rally behind his plans for...

  22. FT Alphaville

    July 22, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Why new leverage ratios rules could stifle repo markets: Earlier this month (July 9)...

  23. July 22, 2013

    Yen climbs after coalition election win

    Japan’s yen pushed higher on Monday, even after the country’s upper house elections delivered the majority sought by the...

  24. FT Alphaville

    July 22, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian stocks rose in early trade, but Japanese shares fell as the yen strengthened after Shinzo Abe cemented control of...

  25. July 22, 2013

    Stocks firm as gold bounces

    Monday 21:10 BST. Global equities began the week on a firm note, with the S&P 500 touching a record intraday high in spite...

  26. 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...

  27. July 19, 2013

    Yen climbs as investors consider election risk

    Foreign exchanges overlooked losses on global equity markets and pushed the dollar lower on Friday, leaving the yen as one...

  28. July 19, 2013

    Stocks retreat after Bernanke gains

    Friday 21:05 BST. Global stocks gave back some of this week’s strong gains, as markets consolidated after a batch of...

  29. July 18, 2013

    Japan: Abe’s next shot

    This Sunday’s election for the upper house of Japan’s parliament ought to be the most boring political contest imaginable. A...

  30. July 17, 2013

    A strong leader in Japan is a plus not a minus

    For years, it has been a matter of common agreement that what Japan needs, above all, is a strong leader. Now, for better or...

  31. FT Alphaville

    July 15, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Some observations and oddities in China’s Q2 GDP: China’s Q2 GDP growth was 7.5%, the...

  32. 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...

  33. 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,...

  34. June 12, 2013

    Abe should aim his third arrow at Japan’s farmers

    The “third arrow” fired last week by Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, was a huge disappointment. Global investors...

  35. June 10, 2013

    Japan revises up Q1 growth to annual 4.1%

    Japan has revised up its first-quarter economic growth to 1 per cent, giving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a boost as he seeks...

  36. June 6, 2013

    Abe’s ‘third arrow’ reforms leave investors hungry for detail

    Running a business in Japan? Shinzo Abe, the prime minister, wants to get government out of your way, by allowing Tokyo and...

  37. June 6, 2013

    Yen’s rebound poses currencies headache

    It looked like the world’s easiest trade. Hedge funds made billions on it. Some investors made 30 per cent in a matter of...

  38. May 23, 2013

    Shinzo Abe will not revive Japan by rewriting history

    The headlines shout that Japan is back. Shinzo Abe has returned the country to centre stage after more than a decade in the...

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