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  1. September 9, 2011

    Japan: holding out for a hero

    On the face of it, Japan’s eighth finance minister in the past three years has little in common with the seven that preceded...

  2. January 11, 2010

    Kan ready to take on might of entrenched mandarin class

    To reorganise the civil service, we are told in Yes Minister , the British satire about the impotence of elected politicians...

  1. January 10, 2010

    Kan ready to take on entrenched mandarin class

    To reorganise the civil service, we are told in Yes Minister, the British satire about the impotence of elected politicians...

  2. FT Alphaville

    January 8, 2010

    Yen gyrates on ministers’ remarks

    A call by Naoto Kan, Japan’s new finance minister, for a weaker yen triggered a yen sell-off in global markets on Wednesday,...

  3. January 8, 2010

    Yen slides on Kan's currency reversal

    Naoto Kan, Japan's newly appointed finance minister, abruptly reversed his predecessor's currency strategy immediately on...

  4. January 8, 2010

    Yen slides as Japan reverses currency strategy

    Naoto Kan, Japan's finance minister, reversed his predecessor's currency strategy on taking office yesterday, with his call...

  5. January 7, 2010

    Kansian economics

    Yukio Hatoyama, the Japanese prime minister, limps from one problem to the next. Elected only in September, he has already...

  6. January 7, 2010

    Yen slides on finance minister’s U-turn

    Naoto Kan, Japan’s newly appointed finance minister , abruptly reversed his predecessor’s currency strategy immediately on...

  7. January 7, 2010

    Political move hurts Argentinian peso

    The Argentinian peso fell after a dispute between the central bank and government over plans to use foreign currency...

  8. January 7, 2010

    Hatoyama picks ally as finance minister

    Japan's prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, has moved swiftly to contain the damage caused by Hirohisa Fujii's decision to step...

  9. January 7, 2010

    Radical choice has been central bank critic

    Of all the people named as likely candidates to succeed Hirohisa Fujii, Japan's finance minister, who resigned yesterday,...

  10. January 7, 2010

    Japan makes daring selection

    Of all the people named as likely candidates to succeed Hirohisa Fujii, Japan's finance minister, who resigned yesterday,...

  11. January 6, 2010

    Japan’s daring finance choice

    Of all the people named as likely candidates to succeed Hirohisa Fujii, Japan’s finance minister, who resigned on Wednesday,...

  12. January 6, 2010

    Japan names new finance minister

    Japan’s prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, has moved swiftly to contain the damage caused by Hirohisa Fujii’s decision to step...

  13. January 6, 2010

    Fresh setback for battered DPJ

    The Democratic Party of Japan faces its severest test just four months on from making history and winning the reins of...

  14. January 6, 2010

    Japan's Fujii on verge of quitting

    Japan's finance minister, Hirohisa Fujii, yesterday expressed his desire to quit for health reasons, dealing a fresh blow to...

  15. January 5, 2010

    Fresh setback for battered DPJ

    The Democratic Party of Japan faces its severest test just four months on from making history and winning the reins of...

  16. January 5, 2010

    Japan PM urges finance minister to stay

    The Japanese prime minister on Wednesday said he wanted Hirohisa Fujii to stay on as finance minister but there was...

  17. December 30, 2009

    JAL shares fall amid report of court restructuring threat

    Shares in Japan Airlines tumbled to within a hair's breadth of their all-time low yesterday amid grow-ing speculation that...

  18. December 29, 2009

    JAL at record low amid restructuring threat

    Shares in Japan Airlines tumbled to a record low on Wednesday amid growing speculation that the company will end up being...

  19. December 29, 2009

    Stress and fatigue leave finance minister in hospital

    Japan's finance minister, Hirohisa Fujii, has been admitted to hospital suffering from high blood pressure and fatigue,...

  20. December 28, 2009

    Japanese finance minister Fujii in hospital

    Japan’s finance minister, Hirohisa Fujii, has been admitted to hospital suffering from high blood pressure and fatigue,...

  21. Money Supply

    December 18, 2009

    Darling steals revenue from abroad

    When your public finances are in a deep hole and you need to raise money fast, there is nothing governments like more than...

  22. FT Alphaville

    December 9, 2009

    Tokyo goes for the 'biggest bang from its yen'

    More action in Japan — this time with a mega Y7,200bn ($81bn) stimulus package which seems to have flummoxed more than a few...

  23. December 9, 2009

    New stimulus increases strain on finances

    Japan announced a Y7,200bn ($80bn, €54bn, £49bn) stimulus package yesterday that will help shore up the economy's fragile...

  24. December 9, 2009

    Japan in $81bn bid to support recovery

    Japan announced a Y7,200bn ($81bn) stimulus package that will help shore up the economy's fragile recovery, but also further...

  25. December 9, 2009

    Stimulus increases strain on finances

    Japan announced a Y7,200bn ($80bn, €54bn, £49bn) stimulus package yesterday that will help shore up the economy's fragile...

  26. December 8, 2009

    Japan sets out $81bn stimulus plan

    Japan announced a Y7,200bn ($81bn) stimulus package that will help shore up the economy's fragile recovery, but also further...

  27. December 5, 2009

    Junior coalition party forces delay of Japanese stimulus

    Japan's government was forced yesterday to postpone the unveiling of a keenly awaited economic stimulus package, after a...

  28. December 4, 2009

    Japan coalition partner forces stimulus delay

    Japan’s government was forced on Friday to postpone the unveiling of a keenly awaited economic stimulus package, after a...

  29. December 3, 2009

    Tokyo should not lose its nerve on the yen

    Among economic policymakers, it would be the height of uncouthness to say publicly that one rather likes depreciation:...

  30. December 3, 2009

    Tokyo eyes options to cool rampant yen

    Japan is finally running out of patience with the strong yen. Yesterday, in an unusually pointed remark on the currency,...

  31. December 2, 2009

    Tokyo eyes options to cool rampant yen

    Japan is finally running out of patience with the strong yen.On Wednesday, in an unusually pointed remark on the currency,...

  32. FT Alphaville

    December 2, 2009

    How to say 'QE in the broadest sense' in Japanese

    Some murky subterranean tensions are slowly bubbling to the surface in Tokyo, even as the oddly-mannered slanging match...

  33. December 1, 2009

    Bank of Japan

    This is moral hazard in action. Japanese finance minister Hirohisa Fujii, having observed what a policy of quantitative...

  34. FT Alphaville

    November 27, 2009

    Yen intervention: maybe, maybe not

    Will they, or won’t they? First it was Japanese government bonds, now it’s the yen, which strengthened on Friday to a...

  35. November 27, 2009

    Fujii warns about ‘one-sided’ currency movements

    Hirohisa Fujii, Japan’s finance minister, on Friday strengthened his remarks about the weakening dollar, after it dropped...

  36. FT Alphaville

    November 27, 2009

    Japan seeks to cool yen rally

    Japan’s finance minister raised the prospect of a G7 joint statement on currencies to cool the yen’s rally as the dollar...

  37. November 27, 2009

    No sign of Tokyo action over strong yen

    The yen briefly rose to a 14-year high against the dollar yesterday but comments from top government officials reinforced...

  38. November 26, 2009

    Dollar hits 14-year low on yen

    The yen briefly rose to a 14-year high against the dollar on Thursday but comments from top government officials reinforced...

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