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  1. November 29, 2012

    Sluggish start for yen/renminbi market

    Direct trading between the Japanese yen and the Chinese renminbi has got off to a sluggish start, checked by fears of a...

  2. September 25, 2012

    Euro reverses initial losses

    The euro reversed earlier losses after Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, defended the central bank’s...

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  1. Investing in Japan 2012

    Inward investment: Japan’s skills and diligence prove their worth Architecture: Tokyo...
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  1. FT Alphaville

    September 19, 2012

    The BoJ's feud-driven asset purchase extension

    Japan’s finance minister Jun Azumi was pretty clear about how the country might respond after the FOMC’s decision last week...

  2. July 23, 2012

    Euro falls to two-year low versus dollar

    The euro continued to suffer as Spain’s ailing regions requested emergency aid from the central government and the prospect...

  3. June 5, 2012

    Yen weakens on prospect of intervention

    The yen lost ground against the dollar as the possibility of imminent intervention to weaken the Japanese currency returned...

  4. FT Alphaville

    June 1, 2012

    Yen weirdness du jour

    The euro dropped below €1.23 as payrolls missed hard and then the yen… jerked: And, considering Japan’s “warning” earlier,...

  5. May 3, 2012

    Euro fails to hold gains against dollar

    The euro dipped against the dollar after the European Central Bank held rates at 1 per cent, in line with market...

  6. March 12, 2012

    Euro recovers lost ground against dollar

    The euro steadied and the dollar lost some of last week’s gains even as risk appetite faded after poor Chinese economic data...

  7. March 8, 2012

    Bond sales: Patriotism has golden reward

    The spirit of Ganbare Nippon (“Go Japan!”) lives on in the bond markets. The rallying cry that united a nation last year is...

  8. February 23, 2012

    G20 to urge eurozone to increase ‘firewall’

    Eurozone finance ministers will face pressure to increase the size of their financial “firewall” as the continent’s...

  9. FT Alphaville

    February 23, 2012

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Thursday’s FT, John Gapper: Wynn raises the stakes in Las Vegas The Wynn-Okada...

  10. FT Alphaville

    February 23, 2012

    UK and Japan warn Volcker rule poses threat to recovery

    The UK and Japan have urged the US to rewrite its so-called “Volcker rule”, claiming that trading restrictions on US banks...

  11. February 22, 2012

    Beware the risks of the rush to regulate

    This week’s meeting of the Group of 20 leading economies confronts pressing challenges: tackling indebtedness; supporting...

  12. February 22, 2012

    UK and Japan warn Volcker rule poses threat to recovery

    The UK and Japan have urged the US to rewrite its so-called “Volcker rule”, claiming that trading restrictions on US banks...

  13. FT Alphaville

    February 20, 2012

    China and Japan unite on IMF funds

    In a rare display of unity, China and Japan have expressed conditional support for an expansion of the IMF’s resources to...

  14. February 19, 2012

    China and Japan unite on IMF resources

    In a rare display of unity, China and Japan have expressed conditional support for an expansion of the International...

  15. February 10, 2012

    Japan willing to go alone on yen

    Japan has vowed to make unilateral moves to weaken the yen if necessary, in an unusually bold statement of intent. Jun...

  16. February 6, 2012

    Traders on alert for yen intervention

    Like many rituals in Japan, currency intervention has its own distinct language. The government’s first move, suggesting an...

  17. February 1, 2012

    Yen cop faces tough call on intervention

    Forex traders should heed the sign-off from Hill Street Blues’ sergeant Esterhaus: “Let’s be careful out there”. The yen was...

  18. January 31, 2012

    Euro slips as debt hopes fade

    The euro gave up earlier gains against the dollar on Tuesday as investors’ hopes that a Greek debt deal would be reached by...

  19. January 24, 2012

    Japan growth forecasts downgraded

    The Bank of Japan has sharply revised down its growth forecasts for the current fiscal year, noting the effects of weak...

  20. Westminster Blog

    January 19, 2012

    Osborne may well be saved by Labour on the IMF

    Osborne with Jun Azumi, Japanese finance minister George Osborne has been in the far east this week – probably the best...

  21. FT Alphaville

    January 16, 2012

    European stocks grind higher while yen appreciates further

    The downgrade of nine European nations continued to reverberate across global markets. However, traders grew increasingly...

  22. January 16, 2012

    Japan signals it may intervene in euro market

    Jun Azumi, Japan’s finance minister, has raised the prospect of the government’s first intervention in the euro currency...

  23. January 12, 2012

    Japan assures US on Iran oil imports

    Japan has told the US it hopes to further reduce its reliance on Iranian oil imports in a “planned way” at an early date,...

  24. FT Alphaville

    January 12, 2012

    Oil refiners sever links to Iran

    European refiners have started to sever links with Iran, stopping spot purchases of crude ahead of a EU meeting later this...

  25. FT Alphaville

    January 11, 2012

    Japan wants to keep importing crude oil from Iran

    Japan wants to keep importing crude oil from Iran despite rising pressure from the US to cooperate in strengthening...

  26. FT Alphaville

    December 20, 2011

    Tokyo eyes Chinese state bonds investment

    Japan is in talks with Beijing to invest in Chinese government bonds as part of a broader effort to strengthen financial and...

  27. December 20, 2011

    Tokyo eyes Chinese state bonds investment

    Japan is in talks with Beijing to invest in Chinese government bonds as part of a broader effort to strengthen financial and...

  28. beyondbrics

    December 20, 2011

    New York headlines

    * ‘Great Successor’ takes power in N Korea * Japan in talks with China about purchasing government debt * ECB warns of...

  29. beyondbrics

    December 20, 2011

    London headlines

    * ‘Great Successor’ takes power in N Korea * Japan in talks with China about ourchasing government debt * ECB warns of...

  30. FT Alphaville

    December 20, 2011

    Japan in talks on buying Chinese government bonds

    Japan is discussing with China possible purchases of Chinese government bonds, Bloomberg reports. Japanese finance...

  31. FT Alphaville

    December 14, 2011

    Doubts raised over IMF firepower and UK contributions

    Prospects for a rapid increase in IMF firepower to cope with the eurozone crisis have receded after the Japanese government...

  32. December 13, 2011

    Hopes fade for IMF funds boost

    Prospects for a rapid increase in International Monetary Fund firepower to cope with the eurozone crisis have receded after...

  33. December 1, 2011

    Japan prepares Y2tn budget for business

    Yoshihiko Noda, Japan’s prime minister, has ordered preparation of a supplementary budget worth at least Y2tn ($26bn), as he...

  34. November 1, 2011

    Japan defends yen intervention

    The Japanese government has defended its unilateral intervention in the currency markets after criticism from Europe that...

  35. October 31, 2011

    The way (not) to rein in the yen

    When he ordered the sale of ¥3,000bn ($38.5bn) on Monday, Japan’s Minister of Finance, Jun Azumi, was trying to solve a...

  36. October 31, 2011

    Yen intervention: a classic one-two punch

    Monday’s currency intervention from Japan’s Ministry of Finance was a classic one-two punch. First, on a hazy, unusually...

  37. FT Alphaville

    October 31, 2011

    Japan intervenes to halt yen’s rise

    Japan intervened in the currency market for the first time since August to weaken the yen, sending it down as much as 5.1...

  38. FT Alphaville

    October 31, 2011

    Japan intervention pushes yen lower

    Japan’s Ministry of Finance intervened in the currency market for the first time since August to weaken the yen, sending the...

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