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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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