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  1. beyondbrics

    April 2, 2014

    Will beer tax rise be a Brazilian own goal?

    Few things appeal to Brazilians more than the combination of a cold beer and a barbecue while watching a soccer game. If the...

  2. March 7, 2014

    Japan to class Bitcoin as a commodity

    Japan’s cabinet has declared that Bitcoin should be classed as a commodity rather than a currency, vowing to look into taxes...

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  1. Investing in Japan 2012

    Inward investment: Japan’s skills and diligence prove their worth Architecture: Tokyo...
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  1. beyondbrics

    January 22, 2014

    Pakistan: trying to stem the gold flows to India

    As India’s current account deficit ballooned to unsustainable levels last year, the government slammed the breaks on gold...

  2. FT Alphaville

    November 20, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asia-Pacific bourses were mixed, echoing a loss of momentum in the US market, with Japanese trade data failing to...

  3. November 11, 2013

    Trade imbalance hits Japan current account

    Japan’s current account dropped into deficit in September for the first time since February, a victim of a deep trade...

  4. October 8, 2013

    Strong demand for inflation-linked JGBs

    Japan’s government saw solid demand on Tuesday for its first auction of inflation-linked bonds in five years, suggesting...

  5. beyondbrics

    September 6, 2013

    Ukraine's reserves: enter the danger zone

    Crunch time is fast approaching for Kiev. Central bank reserves have plunged deeper amid an already grim economic picture....

  6. FT Alphaville

    August 19, 2013

    Moral hazard, the Chinese way

    China’s “bad bank” debts from the 1990s are being paid off by the government, increasingly rapidly of late. What this means...

  7. FT Alphaville

    July 30, 2013

    Depositor defusal, Cyprus edition

    Q. How do you approach a sleeping depositor in a Cypriot bank? A. Very slowly: The Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank...

  8. July 22, 2013

    Signs Japan asset tide could be turning

    It’s a question investors have been asking for months: can a rampant Bank of Japan substitute for a retreating US Federal...

  9. FT Alphaville

    June 20, 2013

    Chinese monetary policy, with Maoist characteristics

    We looked earlier on Thursday at whether the PBoC and other Chinese authorities have engineered the recent squeeze in...

  10. June 3, 2013

    Capital spending by Japanese companies falls

    TOKYO, June 3 – Japanese companies cut spending on plant and equipment in the year to January-March for a second consecutive...

  11. FT Alphaville

    May 20, 2013

    A Kazakh muddle

    London’s Takeover Panel has clearly thrown a murphy… MESSRS CHODIEV, IBRAGIMOV AND MACHKEVITCH AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE...

  12. beyondbrics

    May 15, 2013

    Vodafone/India conciliation: legal but unlikely and not imminent

    Just days after taking over at the Law Ministry, Kapil Sibal has said it would be legal for the Rs112bn tax dispute with...

  13. beyondbrics

    May 10, 2013

    M&S in India: one brand or many?

    Last year, the Indian government changed its policy to allow 100 per cent FDI in single brand retail, removing the 51 per...

  14. May 10, 2013

    Japan’s current account surplus falls 4.3% in March

    TOKYO, May 10 – Japan’s current account surplus fell a smaller-than-expected 4.3 per cent in March from a year earlier,...

  15. April 18, 2013

    Yen gains on Japanese investor inflows

    Japanese investors continued to defy expectations that the yen will be hit by a new wave of selling after figures showed...

  16. April 11, 2013

    Yen rises as Japanese sell foreign assets

    Japanese investors repatriated money from overseas last week, in a sign that the Bank of Japan’s drastic plans to ease...

  17. April 8, 2013

    Japan returns to surplus despite trade gap

    Japan’s current account registered a surplus for the first time in four months in February as a weaker yen boosted overseas...

  18. beyondbrics

    March 4, 2013

    China's carbon tax: not so quick

    Recently there has been a lot of attention paid to an essay on tax reform by the head of the tax department at the Ministry...

  19. March 3, 2013

    Japan’s monetary upheaval arrives

    The decision of Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime-minister-in-a-hurry, to appoint Haruhiko Kuroda as the next governor of the Bank...

  20. February 28, 2013

    ‘Abenomics’ is not enough to rescue Japan

    Most Japanese investors have embraced prime minister Shinzo Abe’s determination to drive down the currency and embark on a...

  21. February 28, 2013

    Japan’s chance to end its long stagnation

    The nomination of Haruhiko Kuroda to be governor of the Bank of Japan shows that there is no letup in the surprising...

  22. 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...

  23. FT Alphaville

    February 25, 2013

    Kuroda! The BoJ's goldilocks

    This Monday edition of rising Japanese equities/weak yen is brought to you by Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian...

  24. Gavyn Davies

    February 24, 2013

    Challenges for the new Governor of the Bank of Japan

    The major event in the global financial markets in the coming week is likely to be the nomination of a new Governor for the...

  25. FT Alphaville

    February 18, 2013

    Japanese investors, the AUD and everyone else

    Japanese investors are a powerful bunch in world markets. For a microcosm of this, just look at Australia; Japan plays a big...

  26. December 20, 2012

    BoJ’s bond buying plan lifts yen

    The Japanese yen rose against other major currencies after the Bank of Japan expanded its asset purchase programme but made...

  27. FT Alphaville

    December 3, 2012

    Cut out'n'keep guide to prospective new BoJ governors

    Japan’s election on December 16 is going to be a doozy. It’s probably the first election where the role and independence of...

  28. November 21, 2012

    China crackdown targets executives’ perks

    BEIJING – China will ban executives from state-owned banks and financial companies from spending extravagantly on cars and...

  29. November 21, 2012

    Japan posts China trade deficit

    Japan has posted one of its biggest monthly trade deficits with China, amid signs that the US may supplant China as the...

  30. FT Alphaville

    November 6, 2012

    Of anniversaries and odd couples in Japan

    Well, we’re cheating a bit here as the anniversary was two days ago, but it still allows for a discussion of the “government...

  31. November 1, 2012

    Israel to derail $15bn PotashCorp move

    Israel says it will block Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan’s attempt to buy rival fertiliser group Israel Chemicals,...

  32. October 25, 2012

    Cracks in Japanese bonds merry-go-round

    Japan’s government debt is pretty terrifying, if you stop to think about it. Gross borrowings and guarantees in excess of...

  33. FT Alphaville

    October 25, 2012

    Japan's very own fiscal cliff

    And this one might prove more precipitous than its famous US cousin. From the FT’s Ben McLannahan: In an echo of worries in...

  34. October 25, 2012

    Japan grapples with its fiscal cliff

    The Japanese finance ministry will hold crisis talks with bond dealers in the world’s largest government debt market on...

  35. October 24, 2012

    Powerful reason for yen to stay strong

    The benefits of currency intervention are rarely as obvious as the costs. But as far as Japan’s Ministry of Finance is...

  36. October 22, 2012

    Japanese exports hit by China dispute

    Japan’s exports to China fell sharply last month from a year earlier, highlighting the impact on trade of a territorial...

  37. October 18, 2012

    Yen slide raises questions on M&A hopes

    When UK ad agency Aegis was taken over by Dentsu this summer, the Japanese ad giant noted that the strong yen was “not...

  38. September 25, 2012

    Euro reverses initial losses

    The euro reversed earlier losses after Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, defended the central bank’s...

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