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    1. May 15, 2012

      Japanese banks increase lending overseas

      Japan’s leading banks significantly expanded their overseas lending last year, taking advantage of the retreat of European...

    2. May 8, 2012

      Shinsei suffers sharp income fall

      Shinsei Bank reported a sharp drop in consolidated net income for the year to March 2012 to Y6.4bn, compared with Y42.6bn...

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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. April 11, 2012

      Winners of Japan’s lost decade

      A decade lost to deflation has changed the landscape in Ginza, Tokyo’s premium shopping district. On the main street, a...

    2. March 9, 2012

      Case study: Peach Aviation hopes its launch will bear fruit

      Victor Chu’s decision to launch a low-cost airline in Japan had its roots, not in a business plan, but a friendship. The...

    3. March 8, 2012

      Tourism: Room for expansion as industry fights back

      Where it runs between the city of Sendai and the Pacific coast to the east, National Highway Number 4, Japan’s longest road,...

    4. March 8, 2012

      Architecture: Capital city’s skyline takes on a foreign flavour

      Although Japan boasts some of the most highly regarded architects in the world, many of the buildings that define the Tokyo...

    5. February 20, 2012

      Fears over bank’s role in Olympus shake-up

      Olympus is set to nominate a new chairman and board members chosen by Sumitomo Mitsui Bank, its main lender and largest...

    6. February 17, 2012

      East side story

      Japan has had an enduring love affair with the design sensibility of Sir Terence Conran, and nowhere is that clearer than in...

    7. January 11, 2012

      Cross-cultural conversations

      Miho Aizu used to be confident about communicating in English. “I visited overseas clients and held three-hour meetings, so...

    8. December 5, 2011

      Agriculture: Traditional way of farming must change to be profitable

      Seiyo, a rural town of just over 42,000 residents on the southwestern island of Shikoku in Japan, prides itself on its...

    9. December 5, 2011

      Efficient houses: Savings on energy use start in the home

      In the days immediately following the massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant disasters that hit Japan on March...

    10. November 23, 2011

      Woodford in Japan to face Olympus board

      Michael Woodford, former president of Olympus, has returned to Japan for the first time since he helped expose a massive...

    11. July 7, 2011

      Japanese retailers in strong rebound

      Japan’s supermarkets and convenience stores are seeing a stronger rebound from the March 11 disaster than initially...

    12. July 5, 2011

      Kan under pressure after minister quits

      Japan’s minister responsible for leading reconstruction of Japan’s tsunami-devastated north-east coast has resigned, dealing...

    13. June 29, 2011

      Japanese factory output bounces back

      Japan’s industrial production rose for a second straight month in May, after falling sharply in the wake of the March 11...

    14. June 22, 2011

      Shinsei in ‘revolutionary’ boost to consumer lending

      Shinsei Bank, in which JC Flowers owns a 27.67 per cent stake, is taking over the consumer lending business of its...

    15. June 3, 2011

      Nomura slashes cash bonuses

      Nomura slashed the cash bonuses it paid its top executives and directors by 95 per cent in the last financial year after...

    16. 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...

    17. March 16, 2011

      Tokyo needs more guts on nuclear

      From Mr Roger Algase. Sir, In “Japan’s nuclear policies: gutsy but witless” (Comment, March 14), Noriko Hama may be too...

    18. February 24, 2011

      Corporate funds: Patient investors can enjoy hidden jewels

      When Steel Partners, the US activist fund, pulled out of Sapporo Holdings last year, it provided sceptics with further proof...

    19. February 16, 2011

      Questions raised about Japan share issue

      After a string of new share issues in the Tokyo market, Resona Bank’s Y545bn follow-on issue last month is likely to go down...

    20. December 8, 2010

      Coming soon: Start here for the shape of things to come

      From hybrid cars to mobile phone airport check-in, Japan is often where the future takes shape first. For a peek at what is...

    21. June 29, 2010

      Reforming the global financial system

      From Dodd-Frank to Basel III, this graphic explains the current plans for global financial regulatory reform in advanced...

    22. June 18, 2010

      Pay 'embarrasses' executives

      The head of the most powerful Japanese business federation has called for executives to receive higher pay to avoid...

    23. May 21, 2010

      Resona to start repaying loans

      Resona Holdings, the Japanese lender bailed out in 2003 amid a mountain of debt, aims to repay the government almost a fifth...

    24. May 19, 2010

      Japan's MUFG returns to profit

      Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group underlined the recovery in Japan's banking sector yesterday as the country's largest...

    25. May 13, 2010

      FOI headquarters raided in Japan

      FOI, which makes semiconductor production equipment, is being investigated by Japan's regulator for securities fraud, the...

    26. May 12, 2010

      Mizuho plans capital raising

      Shares in Mizuho Financial yesterday fell nearly 5 per cent to Y163 on media reports that the Japanese bank planned to raise...

    27. March 26, 2010

      Tokyo discord on Japan Post future

      A plan to allow the Japanese government to retain control of Japan Post, the postal service, which holds a third of the...

    28. February 16, 2010

      Shinsei sell-off on merger doubts

      Shinsei Bank, the Japanese lender 33 per cent owned by JC Flowers, suffered a sell-off yesterday over concerns that its...

    29. February 8, 2010

      Corporate Diary

      TODAY* Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group reports third-quarter results while facing the challenge, common to all Japanese...

    30. February 7, 2010

      Agriculture: New model starts to take root

      When Hideki Shimazaki quit his job as a confectionery company salesman and joined his father-in-law’s vegetable wholesale...

    31. February 7, 2010

      Winemaking: Skunk-like grape gives hope that dreams may bear fruit

      Takayoshi Kano walks briskly along a narrow path covered in moss, past a neighbour’s field, as he makes his way to a...

    32. January 20, 2010

      DBJ left carrying the biggest load

      Japan's leading banks, including the large government-affiliated institutions, all face exposure to Japan Airlines, writes...

    33. January 7, 2010

      Career highs and lows

      Naoto Kan is a politician of mixed fortunes, writes Michiyo Nakamoto . A graduate of the prestigious Tokyo Institute of...

    34. January 7, 2010

      Highs and lows of a politician

      Naoto Kan is a politician of mixed fortunes, writes Michiyo Nakamoto . A graduate of the prestigious Tokyo Institute of...

    35. January 6, 2010

      DPJ in disarray

      Ever since his DPJ stormed to a landslide victory last summer, the government of Yukio Hatoyama has stumbled from one...

    36. December 31, 2009

      Japan unveils growth plan

      The Japanese government unveiled an ambitious economic growth plan yesterday, pledging to create millions of new jobs and...

    37. December 18, 2009

      Japan to overhaul regulation

      Tokyo's financial regulator unveiled a framework for regulatory reform yesterday, aimed at increasing the transparency and...

    38. October 1, 2009

      MUFG to report loss

      Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) yesterday revealed it would take a second quarter write-down due in part to the sharp...

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