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  1. June 12, 2013

    Japan grapples with lack of entrepreneurs

    All Hiromi Yamaguchi wanted to do was to sell coffee to pinball addicts. But to get his business up and running he had to...

  2. 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...

  1. June 4, 2013

    Abe’s third arrow aims to pierce labour shield in growth strategy

    When purchases of new cars screeched to a halt at the start of the global economic crisis five years ago, more than 200,000...

  2. December 28, 2012

    Weak Japan data bolster stimulus case

    Japan released a mostly weak batch of economic data for November, bolstering the case for fresh monetary and fiscal stimulus...

  3. 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...

  4. October 5, 2012

    BoJ asserts independence by holding rates

    The Bank of Japan opted not to relax monetary policy on Friday, resisting overt pressure for further easing from the first...

  5. August 27, 2009

    Asian stocks slip on investor caution

    The region’s major equitymarkets lost ground yesterday after a flat session overnight on Wall Street and worries about the...

  6. November 13, 2008

    Ways to avoid another stampede

    World leaders gather on Saturday to address the global financial meltdown. They will discuss fiscal stimulus and monetary...

  7. October 27, 2008

    West's toxic assets 'not yet flushed out'

    Western banks may still not have produced reliable accounts of their balance sheets, suggesting more write-downs and...

  8. October 26, 2008

    West’s toxic assets ‘not yet flushed out’

    By David Pilling Western banks may still not have produced reliable accounts of their balance sheets, suggesting more...

  9. September 27, 2007

    Public approves of Fukuda’s new cabinet

    Public approval for the new cabinet of Yasuo Fukuda, prime minister, leapt to 58 per cent, according to a poll on Wednesday,...

  10. January 12, 2007

    Abe pressed for a shot of urgency on the economy

    Four months since he became prime minister, one question is being asked ever more frequently about Shinzo Abe’s economic...

  11. November 14, 2006

    Yen slips on rate increase fears

    The yen was under pressure yesterday amid concerns that a widely forecast rise in Japanese interest rates could knock the...

  12. November 13, 2006

    Yen slips on rate increase fears

    The yen came under pressure on Monday amid concerns that a widely-forecast rise in Japanese interest rates could knock the...

  13. November 12, 2006

    Money supply squeeze ‘hurting Japan’

    The Bank of Japan is reining in money supply too quickly, an “irrational” policy that is contributing to weakness in the...

  14. September 16, 2006

    'Samurai' of Japanese economy to resign

    Heizo Takenaka, the most important influence on the economic policies of Japan's prime minister Junichiro Koizumi,...

  15. September 15, 2006

    Japan’s key policymaker to resign

    Heizo Takenaka, the most important influence on the economic policies of Junichiro Koizumi, said Friday he would resign from...

  16. August 1, 2006

    Japan must curb the backlash against reform

    As the race intensifies in Japan to succeed Junichiro Koizumi as prime minister, so too have candidates’ arguments over...

  17. July 5, 2006

    Japanese ministers oppose any BoJ rate increase

    Senior Japanese cabinet ministers came out strongly yesterday against ending the zero interest rate policy, amid growing...

  18. July 4, 2006

    BoJ pressed to keep zero rates policy

    Senior Japanese cabinet ministers on Tuesday came out strongly against ending the zero-interest-rate policy amid growing...

  19. June 28, 2006

    NTT break-up delayed until at least 2010

    The possible break-up of NTT, Japan's dominant telecommunications company, has been kicked into the long grass with the...

  20. June 27, 2006

    Japan postpones talks on NTT break-up

    The possible break-up of NTT, Japan’s dominant telecoms company, has been kicked into the long grass with the government...

  21. June 7, 2006

    Report says that NTT should be broken up

    Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, the world's biggest telecoms group by revenue, should be broken up into independent...

  22. June 6, 2006

    Panel suggests break-up of Japan’s NTT

    Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, the world’s biggest telecoms group, should be broken up into several independent entities to...

  23. March 14, 2006

    Rival warns on DoCoMo dominance

    The Japanese government should do more to address the dominance of NTT DoCoMo, the country's largest mobile phone operator,...

  24. March 13, 2006

    Rival calls for break-up of NTT DoCoMo

    NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s dominant mobile phone operator, should be broken up to promote greater competition in the country’s...

  25. March 11, 2006

    Takenaka takes shine off BoJ's reforms

    The Bank of Japan's brief political honeymoon came to an abrupt end yesterday when the architect of Junichiro Koizumi's...

  26. March 10, 2006

    Japan's interior minister criticises BoJ move

    The Bank of Japan's brief political honeymoon ended abruptly on Friday when the architect of Junichiro Koizumi's economic...

  27. March 6, 2006

    A chart for Japanese monetary policy

    Toshihiko Fukui, governor of the Bank of Japan, has been sending a signal through speeches and testimony in the Diet that...

  28. March 4, 2006

    Upbeat Japanese consumer data help BoJ case for shift in policy

    Japan's core consumer price index rose 0.5 per cent in January, fractionally more than expected, bolstering the Bank of...

  29. March 3, 2006

    BoJ case for policy shift bolstered by CPI

    Japan’s core consumer price index rose 0.5 per cent in January, fractionally more than expected, bolstering the Bank of...

  30. February 16, 2006

    Horie case may trigger backlash against Koizumi

    Tsutsomu Takebe must be ruing the day he stood in front of a cheering crowd in Hiroshima clasping the hand of Takafumi Horie...

  31. February 16, 2006

    Japan warned of stark budget choice

    Japan's government would need to cut more than the equivalent of its defence, education and public works budgets combined...

  32. February 15, 2006

    Japan warned of stark financial choice

    Japan’s government would need to cut more than the equivalent of its defence, education and public works budgets combined in...

  33. February 6, 2006

    Koizumi administration loses its lustre

    Junichiro Koizumi must have enjoyed daydreaming about his famous September election victory when, against all the odds, he...

  34. January 21, 2006

    Bank of Japan takes positive view

    The Bank of Japan yesterday upgraded its assessment of the economy, saying a combination of rising exports and solid...

  35. January 20, 2006

    Bank of Japan upgrades assessment of economy

    The Bank of Japan on Friday upgraded its assessment of the economy, saying the combination of rising exports and solid...

  36. January 17, 2006

    Japan’s consumer confidence highest in 15 years

    Japanese consumers were more confident than at any time in 15 years in December, according to figures from the cabinet...

  37. January 17, 2006

    Tanigaki says Japan should take the middle way on social security

    As its population ages, Japan should carve out a middle way between the social security systems of Scandinavia and that of...

  38. January 16, 2006

    Japan’s finance chief lays out case for tax rise

    As its population ages, Japan should carve out a middle way between the social security systems of Scandinavia and that of...

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