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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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