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  1. May 18, 2011

    Japan’s nuclear embrace is looser but not yet broken

    As the radioactive dust continues to settle from the world’s worst nuclear accident for 25 years, it would be easy to...

  2. April 20, 2011

    Parco president quits amid investor pressure

    Shareholder activism in Japan has won a rare victory after Parco’s president, Hidekazu Hirano, resigned following pressure...

  1. April 7, 2011

    BoJ to offer cheap loans to quake-hit lenders

    The Bank of Japan said on Thursday it would offer cheap funding to banks affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in...

  2. November 21, 2010

    Japan’s justice minister resigns over gaffe

    Minoru Yanagida, Japan’s justice minister, is to resign after the opposition party threatened to submit a censure motion...

  3. 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...

  4. September 9, 2010

    Japan and China eye each other warily

    A year after Japan’s Democratic party won power vowing to work for a “relationship of trust” with China, debate over...

  5. September 7, 2010

    China vows to treat foreign business fairly

    The man expected to become the next leader of China’s ruling Communist party has responded to a growing wave of complaints...

  6. August 5, 2010

    US envoy attends Hiroshima ceremony

    Doves fly around the Atomic Bomb Dome at the Peace Memorial Park during a memorial ceremony in Hiroshima as the city marks...

  7. June 9, 2010

    Japan PM unveils cabinet line-up

    Naoto Kan, Japan's new prime minister, unveiled a cabinet line-up yesterday that emphasised policy stability even as he...

  8. June 8, 2010

    Japan’s Kan unveils new cabinet

    Naoto Kan, Japan’s new prime minister, unveiled a cabinet line-up on Tuesday that emphasised policy stability even as he...

  9. June 8, 2010

    Dream of an East Asian Community has not perished

    From Prof Ali M. El-Agraa. Sir, Mure Dickie and Lindsay Whipp claim that Yukio Hatoyama’s resignation as prime minister...

  10. June 7, 2010

    Kan boosts Japan's DPJ ratings

    Naoto Kan's election as Japan's next prime minister has given the Democratic party's ratings a much- needed boost in opinion...

  11. June 6, 2010

    Kan boosts DPJ opinion ratings

    Naoto Kan’s election as Japan’s next prime minister has given the Democratic party’s ratings a much-needed boost in opinion...

  12. June 4, 2010

    Kan in poll position to become next PM

    Naoto Kan, Japan's finance minister and the favourite to become the new prime minister, has signalled he will keep most...

  13. June 3, 2010

    Kan set to secure PM post

    Naoto Kan, Japan’s finance minister and favourite to become the country’s fifth prime minister in less than four years, has...

  14. 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...

  15. June 2, 2010

    Leading members of the DPJ

    Yukio Hatoyama, Japan’s prime minister, has announced he will step down, bowing to pressure from colleagues fearful of an...

  16. FT Alphaville

    June 2, 2010

    How much is a Japanese PM worth?

    How much is  a Japanese prime minister worth to investors and markets? Not that much, it would seem, judging from the...

  17. May 22, 2010

    No 'business as usual' for N Korea, says Clinton

    Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, pledged yesterday to end "business as usual" with North Korea to punish the state...

  18. May 22, 2010

    Clinton warns N Korea on sub attack

    Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, pledged yesterday a fresh international initiative against North Korea to punish it...

  19. May 21, 2010

    Clinton warns N Korea on torpedo attack

    Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, on Friday pledged a fresh international initiative against North Korea to punish it...

  20. May 18, 2010

    Nuclear dispute sours ties between Tokyo and Beijing

    A high-profile push by Japan's new ruling Democratic party to forge closer ties with China has failed to prevent rising...

  21. May 17, 2010

    Nuclear row sours Japanese ties with China

    A push by Japan’s ruling Democratic party to forge closer ties with China has failed to prevent rising diplomatic friction...

  22. April 26, 2010

    Okinawa protest over airbase plan

    An estimated 90,000 people held a rally in Okinawa yesterday, piling fresh pressure on Yukio Hatoyama, Japan's prime...

  23. April 25, 2010

    Okinawa marine base protest attracts 90,000

    An estimated 90,000 people rallied in Okinawa on Sunday piling fresh pressure on Yukio Hatoyama, Japan’s prime minister, as...

  24. April 19, 2010

    Tokyo struggles to solve US marine base dispute

    Tokyo is "struggling" to resolve a dispute over moving a US marine base before a self-imposed May deadline, says Katsuya...

  25. April 18, 2010

    Tokyo ‘struggles’ to solve US base dispute

    Tokyo is “struggling” to resolve a dispute over moving a US marine base before a self-imposed May deadline, said Katsuya...

  26. March 29, 2010

    Poisoning arrest to ease East Asia tensions

    China's arrest of a suspect accused of poisoning dumplings exported to Japan is set to ease diplomatic friction over a case...

  27. March 9, 2010

    Why Japan is edging closer to China

    Sitting in his office in Tokyo last week, a senior official pointed to a recently published volume called "Japan Rising". "I...

  28. March 8, 2010

    Japan edges from America towards China

    Sitting in his office in Tokyo last week, a senior official pointed to a recently published volume called “Japan Rising”. “I...

  29. February 20, 2010

    Rudd tells Japan to halt whale hunt

    Kevin Rudd, Australia's prime minister, gave Japan an ultimatum yesterday to end its annual whale hunt in Antarctic...

  30. February 19, 2010

    Rudd tells Japan to halt whale hunt

    Kevin Rudd, Australia’s prime minister, gave Japan an ultimatum on Friday to end its annual whale hunt in Antarctic...

  31. November 13, 2009

    Japan's leaders dither as policy discord grows

    How do Japan's new leaders want to handle the controversial relocation of a US Marine air base on Okinawa, now that the...

  32. November 12, 2009

    Japan’s leaders dither over Okinawa base

    How do Japan’s new leaders want to handle the controversial relocation of a US Marine air base on Okinawa, now that the...

  33. October 26, 2009

    Friction over marines' base clouds Obama visit

    Differences over a controversial plan to relocate a US marine air base on the Japanese island of Okinawa appear ever more...

  34. October 25, 2009

    Air base dispute hangs over Obama Japan trip

    US marines at their Okinawa base: the facility is due to move to a new site on the northern coast but unhappy residents...

  35. October 14, 2009

    Japan to end Afghan refuelling mission

    Japan will terminate its refuelling operations in support of US activities in Afghanistan, after the legal basis for the...

  36. September 18, 2009

    US calms fears over DPJ plan

    US-Japan relations remain on a “very good track”, a senior US diplomat said on Friday, playing down concerns that Tokyo’s...

  37. September 18, 2009

    Okada set to redefine ties with Washington

    As he hands over a freshly printed Minister of Foreign Affairs name card for the first time, Katsuya Okada betrays none of...

  38. September 18, 2009

    Revising US air base deal is a priority for Japan

    Japan considers revision of a controversial military base relocation deal with the US to be a top diplomatic priority,...

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