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    1. 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 Abe’s...

    2. 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 cycle...

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    1. Japan

      Positive leadership and the prospect of the Olympics returning to Tokyo are boosting c...
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    1. December 14, 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 late...

    2. 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....

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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 Monday,...

    8. 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 trade...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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 that...

    13. 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 its...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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 of...

    19. 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 Japanese...

    20. November 16, 2014

      Japan’s Abe should seek more than a mandate if he calls election

      Shinzo Abe is stuck between a public overwhelmingly opposed to another increase in Japan’s consumption tax rate, and a...

    21. November 14, 2014

      Japanese markets unfazed by poll talk

      Financial markets in Japan defied fears that delaying a tax increase would send panicked investors rushing, instead ending...

    22. November 13, 2014

      Yen heads toward seven-year low

      The yen neared its weakest level in seven years on Thursday and Tokyo’s stock indices once more outperformed their Asian...

    23. 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,...

    24. November 5, 2014

      New push to ease Japan commodity trading rules

      A top Japanese politician is pushing for an overhaul of regulation governing exchanges, potentially opening the door to a...

    25. October 27, 2014

      Abe’s cabinet rocked by new scandal

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, faces more pressure after his trade minister admitted taking inappropriate donations...

    26. October 22, 2014

      Japan: Power switch weighs on Abe

      When asked why it is taking so long to bring nuclear power back to Satsumasendai, Daisaku Fukuyama blows out his cheeks and...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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,...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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