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    1. May 15, 2015

      Weaker yen rekindles Japanese equity fund inflows

      The Bank of Japan has rejected the idea of an imminent injection of further monetary stimulus into the economy, amid growing...

    2. May 15, 2015

      S&P 500 inches to record closing high

      Friday 21:00 BST. Renewed concerns that the US economy was lacking momentum helped prompt gains for Treasury bond prices and...

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    1. Japan

      This section, jointly produced with Nikkei, asks if success in reigniting growth and d...
    2. Investing in Japan 2012

      Inward investment: Japan’s skills and diligence prove their worth Architecture: Tokyo...
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    1. May 11, 2015

      Sharp lines up measures to regain its edge

      Less than three years after its last bailout, Sharp is in deep trouble yet again. Shares in the Japanese panel maker fell...

    2. May 10, 2015

      Shareholder-friendly Japan Inc is a slow business

      Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, has been credited widely with implementing the most radical overhaul of the...

    3. FT Alphaville

      May 7, 2015

      Volatility has actually been falling

      It may not feel like it on Thursday, as bond yields rise, but a timely piece on cross asset volatility strategy from JP...

    4. April 22, 2015

      Nikkei 225 passes 20,000 after 15-year wait

      Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed above 20,000 points on Wednesday for the first time since the days of the dotcom bubble, as...

    5. April 3, 2015

      Oil prices slump on Iran deal

      03:15 BST Oil prices slumped after Iran and world powers agreed the “key parameters” of a nuclear deal designed to restrict...

    6. March 29, 2015

      Corporate Japan turns gleaming eye to its cash hoard

      This article is published by the FT as part of a collaboration with Nikkei that started in 2013 to provide added insight to...

    7. March 29, 2015

      Energy deregulation threatens to break up Japanese monopolies

      This article is published by the FT as part of a collaboration with Nikkei that started in 2013 to provide added insight to...

    8. February 15, 2015

      Not everyone believes in Disneyland Nikkei

      Japan’s stock market has become the financial equivalent of Disneyland. On October 31 2014, the Bank of Japan threw a...

    9. FT Alphaville

      February 2, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. Stocks in Shanghai and Hong Kong fell on growth concerns after weekend data...

    10. December 24, 2014

      Stocks end shortened day just short of highs

      Wednesday 20:00 GMT. US stocks lost momentum during a holiday-shortened trading day in the US, despite earlier gains in...

    11. December 23, 2014

      The ‘Great Rotation’ remains elusive

      Whatever happened to the “Great Rotation” — and will the move back into higher-yielding equities from lower-yielding bond...

    12. 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...

    13. November 25, 2014

      Wall Street struggles to extend gains

      Tuesday 21:00 GMT. Wall Street struggled to extend its recent run of gains and the dollar retreated further from a four-year...

    14. November 21, 2014

      Central bank action bolsters stocks

      Friday 21:00 GMT. US stocks closed at record highs, Brent oil regained the $80 a barrel mark and the dollar was at a...

    15. FT Alphaville

      November 16, 2014

      Why Shinzo Abe could nix tax hike two

      For clues as to why Japan’s prime minister seems very keen to avoid another consumption tax increase so soon after the last,...

    16. November 5, 2014

      Japan union boss criticises pension fund strategy shift

      The head of Japan’s most powerful federation of labour unions has criticised the shake-up at the national pension fund,...

    17. November 4, 2014

      Japan still a long haul despite QE boost

      Asset allocators expect further rises in Japanese equities after the country’s central bank announced it would step up...

    18. November 4, 2014

      Investors caught short by Japan rally

      Investors caught off-guard by a series of policy shocks in Japan reset positions on Tuesday, with some nursing big losses...

    19. October 31, 2014

      Japan pension fund commits to big switch to stocks

      A long-awaited overhaul of Japan’s national pension fund surpassed investors’ expectations on Friday, as the world’s largest...

    20. October 31, 2014

      Bank of Japan opts for another dose of shock and awe

      It was the day that “Abenomics” roared back. On Friday morning, a report in the Nikkei newspaper that the national pension...

    21. FT Alphaville

      October 31, 2014

      Your Abe put [updated]

      Since we can’t put charts in the Cut without borking format for a bunch of readers, here’s what a surprise commitment from...

    22. September 1, 2014

      Tyler Brûlé’s Monocle magazine valued at $115m

      So maybe that’s why he can afford the Italian furniture collection.  Tyler Brûlé, the FT columnist known for his luxurious...

    23. August 27, 2014

      Tokyo Stock Exchange acts on apparent media leaks

      The Tokyo Stock Exchange has tightened its standards on corporate disclosure, in the wake of a Financial Times story shining...

    24. August 19, 2014

      AirAsia has ‘no interest’ in Japan’s Skymark

      Tony Fernandes, founder and chief executive of AirAsia, has dismissed as “rubbish” a Japanese media report that his...

    25. The World

      August 8, 2014

      A surge into stocks by Japan's public pension fund

      Japan’s Government Investment Pension Fund, the world’s largest pool of publicly managed pension assets, is poised to make a...

    26. FT Alphaville

      August 8, 2014

      The 6am London Cut

      Markets: Asia-Pacific investors were selling risky assets and stuffing cash into havens after US President Barack Obama...

    27. August 4, 2014

      ‘Nikkei previews’ spur complaints of home advantage in Tokyo

      Lucky guesses, or something more? The quarterly results season in Japan, which reached its peak last week, has been notable...

    28. June 26, 2014

      Rakuten and AirAsia plan low-cost carrier

      Shares in AirAsia, the region’s largest no-frills carrier, and Rakuten, Japan’s biggest online retailer, rose on Thursday on...

    29. FT Alphaville

      June 25, 2014

      The euro macro trade?

      Things that should make Draghi smile include… Click Citi’s charts to enlarge. They show that the euro’s correlation with...

    30. June 3, 2014

      Japan’s ‘misery index’ looks . . . well, miserable

      Fancy earning up to $800 a day? Get down to a Japanese construction site. Last year’s decision to award Tokyo the 2020...

    31. June 2, 2014

      Japan’s Dai-ichi Life poised to buy Protective Life for $5bn

      Dai-ichi Life is poised to make the largest foreign acquisition by a Japanese insurance company by buying Protective Life of...

    32. beyondbrics

      May 29, 2014

      New York morning espresso

      ** FT News ** * Sisi wins landslide victory in Egypt poll | Provisional results suggest former army chief secures 93.3% of...

    33. May 28, 2014

      China holds Nikkei news assistant ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

      The Nikkei Japanese news agency was on Wednesday formally notified of the detention of its Chinese news assistant two weeks...

    34. FT Alphaville

      May 21, 2014

      Toddlers, puppies, markets and the troublesome sound of silence

      How quiet is too quiet? A reaction we keep hearing to the fact that volatility has seeped out of a lot of markets is that...

    35. May 13, 2014

      Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemicals to take control of Taiyo Nippon

      Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings is to spend more than Y100bn ($978m) on increasing its stake in Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp,...

    36. FT Alphaville

      May 13, 2014

      The 6am London Cut

      Markets: Asian markets rallied, taking their cue from a strong session on Wall Street and shrugging off data showing that...

    37. May 2, 2014

      Dollar and US stocks erase gains

      Friday 21.00 BST: Stocks erased earlier gains to end the day on a downbeat note after a volatile session on Wall Street in...

    38. Money Supply

      April 25, 2014

      Japan and the mistaken quest for QQE2

      Next week’s policy meeting at the Bank of Japan is expected to be much like the 14 others since the dawn of “quantitative...

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