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    1. December 16, 2012

      Portrait of Japan’s main political parties

      Liberal Democratic party Founded: 1955 Leader: Shinzo Abe Politics: Conservative Seats won in 2012: 294 Seats won in 2009:...

    2. November 19, 2012

      Japanese politics looks for ‘third force’

      A week is a long time in politics, as the old cliché has it, but for Japan’s Sunrise party four days was a whole lifetime....

    1. July 3, 2012

      Japan consumption

      Taxing consumers is not popular with voters. So much so that Japan, for example, has avoided the issue for almost two...

    2. July 3, 2012

      Noda must pull off more than a tax rise

      Yoshihiko Noda, Japan’s prime minister, is not given to soaring rhetoric – he has not only described himself as a...

    3. July 2, 2012

      Noda gets his tax

      Six weeks ago this newspaper wrote that if raising Japan’s consumption tax would cost prime minister Yoshihiko Noda his job,...

    4. July 2, 2012

      Ozawa breaks with Japan’s ruling DPJ

      Ichiro Ozawa, the Japanese political heavyweight, is to break away from the ruling Democratic party taking nearly 50 Diet...

    5. June 25, 2012

      Noda gambles on consumption tax rise

      Yoshihiko Noda, Japan’s prime minister, is scrambling to shore up support within his fractious ruling Democratic party amid...

    6. June 15, 2012

      Tokyo set to double consumption tax

      Japan’s main ruling and opposition parties have agreed to double the 5 per cent consumption tax by 2015, in a rare...

    7. June 4, 2012

      Noda bows to pressure over tax measure

      Japan’s prime minister has bowed to opposition pressure and reshuffled his cabinet in an effort to secure passage of a bill...

    8. June 3, 2012

      Noda plans reshuffle to win tax backing

      Japanese prime minister Yoshihiko Noda is set to reshuffle his cabinet this week in an attempt to win opposition backing for...

    9. April 26, 2012

      Ozawa cleared in political funding case

      Japanese ruling party heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa has been found not guilty of funding violations centred on a Y400m ($5.2m)...

    10. January 30, 2012

      A bad memory for big money matters

      How clearly would you remember a transaction involving 40kg of cold, hard cash? Being unaccustomed to such weighty sums, I...

    11. October 6, 2011

      Ozawa pleads ‘not guilty’ as trial opens

      Ichiro Ozawa, the ruling Democratic party heavyweight, has pleaded not guilty to violating Japan’s political funding laws,...

    12. September 26, 2011

      DPJ aides found guilty in Japan funding case

      A Tokyo court has convicted three former aides to Democratic party heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa of falsifying political funding...

    13. August 26, 2011

      Japan’s ruling party seeks unity in new leader

      It is not an easy choice when faced with a trade minister who cried in parliament, a former foreign minister prone to gaffes...

    14. June 2, 2011

      Ordinary Kan to follow elite predecessors out

      Naoto Kan’s ordinary “salaryman” family background may be distinct from the string of elite prime ministers before him. But...

    15. June 1, 2011

      Japan’s Kan to face no-confidence vote

      Japan’s Democratic party on Wednesday scrambled to shore up parliamentary support as opposition parties submitted a...

    16. March 6, 2011

      Scandal adds to woes of Japan’s ruling party

      Just when it seemed impossible for Japan’s Democratic party to worsen its precarious standing, the scandal that has engulfed...

    17. March 1, 2011

      DPJ rebel suspended over Japan budget vote

      Japan's ruling Democratic party is to suspend the leader of a group of rebels who failed to vote for the government's...

    18. February 22, 2011

      Japan’s ruling party suspends Ozawa

      Japan’s ruling Democratic party has decided to suspend scandal-hit former leader Ichiro Ozawa, a move that could shore up...

    19. February 13, 2011

      Support for Kan dips to new low

      In a further blow to Japan’s prime minister, Naoto Kan, public support for his cabinet has hit a fresh low, giving the...

    20. January 31, 2011

      Japanese power broker Ozawa indicted

      Japanese powerbroker Ichiro Ozawa has been charged with political funding violations, setting the stage for a high-profile...

    21. January 4, 2011

      Recipe for Japanese ‘healthiness’ eludes Kan

      Genki , one of the most commonly used words in the Japanese language, is also one of the most difficult to translate. In...

    22. December 27, 2010

      Tokyo budget fails to ease debt concerns

      In a budget that starkly illustrates Japan’s fiscal woes, gross state debt is set to soar to more than 200 per cent of gross...

    23. October 15, 2010

      Calls for curbs on Japanese prosecutors

      Until last month, Tsunehiko Maeda was a high-flying prosecutor, proud member of an elite corps that is one of Japan’s most...

    24. FT Alphaville

      October 4, 2010

      DPJ shogun faces threat to power

      Ichiro Ozawa knows how painful court proceedings can be: the Japanese ruling party heavyweight is famed for having loyally...

    25. October 4, 2010

      DPJ shogun faces threat to power

      Ichiro Ozawa knows how painful court proceedings can be: the Japanese ruling party heavyweight is famed for having loyally...

    26. October 4, 2010

      Ozawa to be charged over funding dispute

      The political future of Japan’s ruling party heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa was put in doubt on Monday after an independent...

    27. September 26, 2010

      Japan looks at $55bn stimulus package

      Japan’s ruling Democratic party plans to introduce a supplementary budget of up to $55bn to pay for further stimulus...

    28. September 16, 2010

      Kan moves Okada to cement DPJ support

      Naoto Kan, Japan's prime minister, has named Katsuya Okada, the foreign minister, as secretary general of his ruling...

    29. FT Alphaville

      September 16, 2010

      Japan's yen intervention criticised

      Tokyo intervened in the currency markets on Wednesday for the first time since 2004, driving down the yen from Y82.88 to the...

    30. September 15, 2010

      A very political intervention

      It may have been a victory lap of sorts. One day after the ruling Democratic Party of Japan leadership contest was resolved...

    31. FT Alphaville

      September 15, 2010

      Japan intervenes -- at long last

      Japan on Wednesday finally intervened in the foreign exchange market for the first time since 2004, bringing the yen to as...

    32. September 15, 2010

      Yen intervention draws European criticism

      Tokyo intervened in the currency markets on Wednesday for the first time in more than six years, a move that immediately...

    33. FT Alphaville

      September 15, 2010

      Japan intervenes to curb yen

      Japan on Wednesday intervened in the currency market for the first time since 2004, a day after Prime Mininster Naoto Kan...

    34. September 15, 2010

      Yen climbs to 15-year high

      Naoto Kan’s victory in the Democratic party leadership elections drove the yen to yet another 15-year high as investors...

    35. FT Alphaville

      September 14, 2010

      Japan PM wins party leadership battle

      Japan’s prime ministerial revolving door missed a turn as incumbent Naoto Kan successfully fended off a challenge to his...

    36. September 14, 2010

      Lack of support leaves Japan PM exposed

      For one senior Japanese government official, Tuesday’s ruling party leadership battle was best understood as a choice of...

    37. September 14, 2010

      Swiss franc soars on rate rise forecast

      The Swiss franc hit parity against the dollar for the first time in 10 months on Tuesday and threatened to hit a record high...

    38. September 14, 2010

      DPJ elections and the yen

      From shadow shogun to sawn-off shogun; Naoto Kan has seen off the leadership challenge of Ichiro Ozawa. But when it comes to...

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