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    1. September 19, 2014

      Yoshiko Yamaguchi, film star and politician, 1920-2014

      The film producers came to Yoshiko Yamaguchi with their trade’s usual promises of fame and fortune. But they had an added...

    2. August 26, 2014

      Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s planned reshuffle no longer reliant on age

      Life as a lawmaker in Japan’s long-ruling Liberal Democratic party used to be a lot like life as a corporate salaryman: the...

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    1. FT Alphaville

      August 4, 2014

      Abenomics is working for Japanese women

      Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said that his country’s women are its “most underutilized resource”. They are much...

    2. July 8, 2014

      Going it alone is no longer an option for Japan’s stagnant banks

      Yachiyo Bank of Tokyo is in many ways a typical Japanese regional lender. It has the slightly down-at-heel headquarters in...

    3. The World

      June 23, 2014

      Jeering of female politician raises uncomfortable questions for Abe and Japan

      The question went unanswered all weekend: who were the male members of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly who jeered a female...

    4. June 13, 2014

      Japan’s Abe sets corporate tax cut target

      Japan will start lowering its baseline corporate income tax rate next year and reduce it by 20-45 per cent over “several...

    5. May 28, 2014

      Japan corporate governance: bright spot

      Corporate governance is big – once more – in Japan. Over the next few weeks a group of Liberal Democratic party lawmakers,...

    6. May 26, 2014

      Abe’s guile in effort to persuade Japan to put aside its pacifism raises fears on links to US

      A North Korean missile is streaking toward the American west coast and the sole warship in a position to shoot it down...

    7. May 13, 2014

      Shinzo Abe backs big shift in Japan’s military role

      Shinzo Abe is poised to declare his support for the biggest shift in Japan’s defence policy in decades: the end of a...

    8. April 22, 2014

      US and Japan step up tariff deal talks

      US and Japanese negotiators were working to resolve differences over agricultural and vehicle tariffs on Tuesday but both...

    9. April 21, 2014

      Japan money lenders rise on rule-easing report

      Shares in Japan’s moneylenders leapt on Monday after the Nikkei newspaper reported that the government was set to ease...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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....

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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’...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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)...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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