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  1. December 26, 2013

    Japanese PM provokes anger with Yasukuni war shrine visit

    Shinzo Abe has provoked anger in China and South Korea by visiting Tokyo’s Yasukuni war shrine, breaking an informal...

  2. November 12, 2013

    Koizumi issues strong call for abandonment of nuclear power

    From a jittery public to the problem-plagued clean-up effort at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station, Shinzo Abe’s attempt to...

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  1. Japan

    Positive leadership and the prospect of the Olympics returning to Tokyo are boosting c...
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  1. October 30, 2013

    Olympics and Abenomics boost Japan

    In the course of Japan’s seven-year campaign to bring the Olympics back to Tokyo – the city that broadcast its postwar...

  2. July 17, 2013

    A strong leader in Japan is a plus not a minus

    For years, it has been a matter of common agreement that what Japan needs, above all, is a strong leader. Now, for better or...

  3. The World

    June 19, 2013

    Abe backs up big action with big talk

    Shinzo Abe speaks at the Guildhall (Getty) Shinzo Abe didn’t tell his British audience at London’s Guildhall anything new...

  4. 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...

  5. April 22, 2013

    China protests as Japan shrine dispute widens

    China has protested against the visits of Japanese cabinet members to the controversial Yasukuni shrine in a widening...

  6. January 22, 2013

    Tokyo stock rally fuelled by ‘Abenomics’

    Foreigners call it “Abenomics”, and now Japanese have adopted the term too. Both seem to have reached the same conclusions....

  7. 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...

  8. December 16, 2012

    Abe’s mission to create ‘more normal’ nation

    The Liberal Democratic party’s dramatic election victory gives the once-dominant party a new lease of life and its leader...

  9. October 26, 2012

    Japan Post prepares for privatisation

    Japan Post has drawn up plans for a 2015 public listing, which could raise as much as Y7tn ($87bn) in what would be the...

  10. October 17, 2012

    Japan’s Abe visits Yasukuni shrine

    Shinzo Abe, the nationalist-minded leader of Japan’s main opposition party, visited a controversial shrine to Japan’s war...

  11. May 13, 2012

    Japan fails to deliver a growth strategy

    When Japanese politicians gutted Koizumi-era postal privatisation plans last month, they emphatically repudiated one vision...

  12. April 27, 2012

    Japan scraps postal privatisation plans

    Japan’s parliament has approved a retreat from plans to privatise the huge banking and insurance arms of the national postal...

  13. April 18, 2012

    A shrill debate in ‘the land of consensus’

    A few days ago, a man named Koizumi stood up in the Japanese parliament to vote against a bill. The man in question was not...

  14. December 19, 2011

    Tyrant capable of deft brinkmanship

    Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader who died on Saturday, will enter the history books as one of the world’s cruellest...

  15. August 30, 2011

    US rolls eyes at Japan’s PM revolving door

    When Junichiro Koizumi became Japan’s prime minister in 2001, he got the royal treatment from George W. Bush: a weekend at...

  16. August 29, 2011

    Japan’s latest leader

    Yoshihiko Noda will today become Japan’s sixth prime minister in the five years since Junichiro Koizumi stepped down. He was...

  17. The World

    August 29, 2011

    Japan's revolving door swings once more

    Here we go again. Japan has a new prime minister. This is a truly momentous event – momentous, that is, for anyone who has...

  18. April 26, 2011

    Livedoor founder will serve time for fraud

    Takafumi Horie, one of Japan’s best known and controversial internet entrepreneurs, is going to jail after the Supreme Court...

  19. September 14, 2010

    Mending fences in Beijing and Tokyo

    Now that Naoto Kan, just three months into his premiership, has survived a leadership challenge, he can concentrate on...

  20. September 12, 2010

    The shadow shogun is the man for Japan

    The Democratic Party of Japan is about to make a momentous choice. Its party leadership vote on Tuesday will decide who...

  21. September 1, 2010

    The perils of Japan’s Andy Warhol politics

    Andy Warhol predicted that in the future everybody would be famous for 15 minutes. The Japanese are perfecting an even more...

  22. August 29, 2010

    The wrong man for Japan

    If Dante’s version of hell had nine circles of suffering, then Japan’s version of politics must have at least nine circles...

  23. August 25, 2010

    Yen strength

    Scan the Bank of Japan Act, last revised in 1997. The BoJ’s concerns seem pretty ordinary: issue banknotes, maintain the...

  24. June 10, 2010

    'Just do it' is no mantra for Japan

    It is commonly stated of Japan that everybody knows what has to be done. All that is needed is a leader with the guts to do...

  25. June 6, 2010

    Kan will need thick skin in the Diet

    For the fifth time in less than four years, newsreaders and national leaders around the world are having to learn the name...

  26. June 4, 2010

    And Naoto work

    The Japanese love of ephemeral beauty, known as mono no aware, is encapsulated in the cherry blossom, whose fleeting...

  27. June 3, 2010

    Four main contenders in race to become prime minister

    Seiji Maehara, 48The minister of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism, Mr Maehara became a DPJ representative at the...

  28. June 3, 2010

    Revolving door politics puts former leader in good company

    Yukio Hatoyama can take comfort that he has plenty of ex-leaders for company. Japan has had 31 prime ministers since the end...

  29. June 2, 2010

    Revolving door keeps turning in Japan

    No one is more disgusted by the Japanese habit of dumping just-installed prime ministers than . . . Yukio Hatoyama. Two...

  30. June 2, 2010

    Japan’s prime minister

    Japanese prime minister quits: not many hurt. Yukio Hatoyama took up the reins of the world’s second biggest economy last...

  31. March 31, 2010

    Japan Post

    Back in December, the first budget drafted by the Democratic Party of Japan showed that the administration was struggling to...

  32. March 25, 2010

    Tokyo to keep post office stake and boost funding

    The Japanese government plans to boost Japan Post's access to funds in a move that will strengthen its ability to bankroll...

  33. March 24, 2010

    Tokyo to keep one-third of Japan Post

    The Japanese government plans to boost Japan Post’s access to funds in a move that will strengthen its ability to bankroll...

  34. March 11, 2010

    Japan’s initiative is long overdue

    From Dr Mark S. Manger. Sir, If voiced in a graduate seminar at the LSE, the notion of Japan aligning itself with China...

  35. January 20, 2010

    Political manoeuvres as JAL descends

    Few of the many policy challenges facing Japan's new and inexperienced administrationhave loomed as large or as immediate as...

  36. January 19, 2010

    Tokyo faces up to JAL’s failings

    Among the many policy challenges facing Japan's new and inexperienced Democratic administration, few have loomed as large or...

  37. December 17, 2009

    Beijing finds fine words for its old enemy

    Xi Jinping, the man widely tipped to succeed Hu Jintao as China's president in 2012, dropped in on Japan's emperor this...

  38. December 16, 2009

    Japanese look to state for shelter in economic storm

    Tetsushi Sakamoto was only voicing the long held attitudes of many Japanese when he wondered aloud in January if the...

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