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  1. May 14, 2012

    The fish that can save Japan’s economy

    What ever happened to the Japanese debt disaster nightmare? Last year Kaoru Yosano, then minister for economic and fiscal...

  2. August 15, 2011

    Japan’s GDP shrinks less than expected

    Japan’s economy contracted for a third consecutive quarter, reflecting the continued impact of the country’s biggest...

  1. August 11, 2011

    How to make monkeys out of rating agencies

    Sovereign downgrade? Been there, done that such is likely to be the response of any investor in Japan to the news that...

  2. July 28, 2011

    Yen strength raises intervention concerns

    As the yen pushes closer to its Y76.25 record, the market buzz for forex traders across the globe is about when Japan will...

  3. June 30, 2011

    Japan agrees to double consumption tax

    After fierce internal debate, Japan's government and ruling parties agreed a plan to progressively double the 5 per cent...

  4. June 20, 2011

    DPJ rifts delay plan for fiscal reforms

    Japan’s government has been forced to delay the launch of fiscal and welfare reforms amid efforts by senior ruling party...

  5. May 25, 2011

    Japan slides to trade deficit as exports fall

    Japan’s trade balance fell for the first time in three months in April as supply chain problems from the March earthquake...

  6. May 19, 2011

    Japan slides back into recession

    Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami pushed the economy much further into recession than expected, raising doubts...

  7. May 17, 2011

    The race to secure Tepco’s financial stability

    The makeshift systems that Tokyo Electric Power has been using to stave off disaster at its crippled Fukushima Daiichi...

  8. FT Alphaville

    April 28, 2011

    Japan's 'stunning' stats: Yosano's new nightmare

    As variously predicted, the “3/11 effect” on Japan’s economy is starting to kick in. And true to warnings that the impact...

  9. April 28, 2011

    Record fall in output cuts Japan forecast

    Japanese factory output suffered a record decline in March as last month’s tsunami crippled supply chains across the world’s...

  10. April 20, 2011

    Thrift lessons from Japan’s cherry tree wars

    The cherry blossom wars are over. But the question of whether to spend or save in the greater interest of Japan’s long-term...

  11. March 18, 2011

    Decisive action shows power of G7 unity

    The decision to launch co-ordinated currency intervention for the first time in a decade is a turning point for both Japan...

  12. FT Alphaville

    March 17, 2011

    What's moving the yen?

    The yen reached historic highs against the dollar late Wednesday. It’s currently hovering around the 79.10 to the USD mark....

  13. March 17, 2011

    Yen intervention

    On Thursday morning helicopters dropped water on the stricken reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Helicopters of...

  14. March 16, 2011

    Hit to economy ‘limited’, says Yosano

    Japan’s growth will barely be affected by the earthquake and tsunami, and the economy may even expand faster than expected,...

  15. FT Alphaville

    March 14, 2011

    Tokyo stocks plunge 6.2%, BoJ moves

    Tokyo stocks fell more than 5.5% in early trading Monday as the country struggled to regroup after a devastating earthquake...

  16. March 7, 2011

    Japan’s opposition risks playing villain

    As Japan’s government and opposition face off in an unprecedented budget showdown, politicians are turning to one crucial...

  17. February 14, 2011

    China economy overtakes Japan

    China replaced Japan as the world’s second-largest economy in dollar terms last year, Japanese data have confirmed, a...

  18. 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...

  19. FT Alphaville

    January 28, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Friday’s FT, Martin Wolf: A warning shot for the British experiment The...

  20. January 28, 2011

    Japan still stronger than Botswana

    While the downgrade of Japan’s sovereign rating by Standard & Poor’s is a blow to national pride, at least the world’s third...

  21. January 27, 2011

    S&P move holds silver lining for Kan

    It would be understandable if Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister, felt a little aggrieved by Standard & Poor's decision to...

  22. January 27, 2011

    The Japanese debt disaster movie

    Standard & Poor’s downgrade of Japan’s credit rating raises a disturbing prospect. Is this stage two of the global credit...

  23. FT Alphaville

    January 27, 2011

    Japan downgrade: The (umpteenth) denouement

    Thursday’s move by S&P to downgrade Japan’s sovereign credit rating was about as surprising as the inevitably tragic outcome...

  24. January 27, 2011

    S&P downgrades Japan

    News of Standard & Poor’s downgrade of Japan sent an instant shudder through markets on Thursday. That was followed, as...

  25. January 27, 2011

    S&P downgrades Japan on debt worries

    Standard & Poor’s has cut Japan’s sovereign debt rating for the first time since 2002, saying the government lacks a...

  26. FT Alphaville

    January 25, 2011

    Mr Yosano's 'dreadful dream'

    Have we been here before? Not to be outdone by Japan’s (now former) top government spokesman Yoshito Sengoku, who said...

  27. FT Alphaville

    January 21, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings from Friday’s FT, Gillian Tett: Lisbon move points to end of risk-free sovereigns...

  28. January 20, 2011

    Only tough reforms can save the land of the rising debt

    Attention to the risk of default on sovereign bonds has been largely confined to European countries. Yet the problems Japan...

  29. FT Alphaville

    January 20, 2011

    Japan hits ‘critical point’ on state debt

    Japan has hit a “critical point” where it risks losing investor confidence if politicians fail to reach agreement on how to...

  30. January 20, 2011

    Japanese rivals tied on reform trail

    Over more than a decade and five general elections, Kaoru Yosano and Banri Kaieda have waged one of the toughest battles in...

  31. FT Alphaville

    January 19, 2011

    Yosano warns on Japan debt

    Japan has hit a “critical point” where it risks losing investor confidence if politicians fail to agree on how to rein in...

  32. January 19, 2011

    Japan hits ‘critical point’ on state debt

    Japan has hit a “critical point” where it risks losing investor confidence if politicians fail to reach agreement on how to...

  33. January 14, 2011

    Japan

    Flip over your iPhone: “Designed … in California, assembled in China.” What it doesn’t say is that it was largely made by...

  34. January 14, 2011

    Kan reshuffles cabinet to aid budget plans

    Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister, has made a veteran policymaker from the opposition his minister for economic and fiscal...

  35. April 23, 2010

    Opposition in disarray as former minister quits

    Japan's conservative opposition slipped further into disarray yesterday as Yoichi Masuzoe, the country's most popular...

  36. April 23, 2010

    Another ex-minister quits Japan’s LDP

    Japan’s conservative opposition slipped further into disarray on Thursday as Yoichi Masuzoe, the country’s most popular...

  37. April 5, 2010

    Defectors planning new party in Japan

    Kaoru Yosano, Japan's former finance minister, said yesterday he plans to establish a new political party this week as the...

  38. April 4, 2010

    Japanese opposition politician plans new party

    Kaoru Yosano, Japan’s former finance minister, said on Sunday that he plans to establish a new political party this week as...

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