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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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