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    1. August 31, 2009

      Humiliation for LDP as voters opt for change

      It was, as the deputy chief of the Liberal Democratic party's election strategy council admitted, a "historic rout". The...

    2. August 30, 2009

      ‘Historic rout’ for Japanese government

      It was, as the deputy chief of the Liberal Democratic party’s election strategy council admitted, a “historic rout”.The LDP...

    1. August 28, 2009

      LDP leaders in fight to save once-safe seats

      Heavyweight members of Japan's long-ruling Liberal Democratic party campaigned furiously to save once-safe seats yesterday...

    2. August 27, 2009

      DPJ heads for historic Japan landslide

      Sunday's general election, enough to allow it to push through legislation without relying on coalition partners, according...

    3. September 20, 2008

      Minister quits

      Seiichi Ota, Japan's agriculture minister, resigned yesterday over the sale of tainted Chinese rice to foodmakers,...

    4. September 19, 2008

      Japan farm minister quits in rice scandal

      Seiichi Ota, Japan’s agriculture minister, resigned on Friday over the sale of tainted Chinese rice to foodmakers,...

    5. June 25, 2008

      Tokyo eases N Korea policy

      Japan indicated yesterday it was resigned to the US re-moving North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism,...

    6. June 25, 2008

      Tokyo eases North Korea policy

      Japan indicated on Tuesday it was resigned to the US removing North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism,...

    7. June 17, 2008

      Tokyo and Beijing near accord on natural gas fields

      Tokyo and Beijing appear close to agreement on joint development of natural gas fields in disputed waters of the East China...

    8. June 16, 2008

      Japan and China near gas fields accord

      Tokyo and Beijing appear close to agreement on joint development of natural gas fields in disputed waters of the East China...

    9. May 31, 2008

      Tokyo scraps military aid plan for relief

      Japan yesterday abandoned a plan to use military aircraft to transport earthquake relief to China that had been widely seen...

    10. May 30, 2008

      Tokyo scraps military quake aid plan

      Japan on Friday abandoned a plan to use military aircraft to transport earthquake relief to China that had been widely seen...

    11. May 1, 2008

      Fukuda takes petrol tax gamble

      Japan's government yesterday took a political gamble by forcing through a bill to re-impose an unpopular petrol tax in...

    12. May 1, 2008

      Fukuda takes political gamble on petrol tax

      Japan's government took a political gamble yesterday by forcing through a bill to reimpose an unpopular petrol tax in order...

    13. April 30, 2008

      Fukuda takes petrol tax gamble

      Japan’s government on Wednesday took a political gamble by forcing through a bill to re-impose an unpopular petrol tax in...

    14. April 19, 2008

      Tokyo rift exposed by Bush carbon plan

      Japan's environment minister yesterday criticised George W. Bush's plan to minimise greenhouse emissions, saying the US...

    15. April 18, 2008

      Tokyo criticises Bush carbon plan

      Japan’s environment minister on Friday criticised George W. Bush’s plan to minimise greenhouse emissions, saying the US...

    16. April 16, 2008

      Fukuda cuts short European visit

      A parliamentary tussle over petrol tax on Wednesday forced Yasuo Fukuda, Japan’s prime minister, to cancel a visit to...

    17. April 10, 2008

      Accusations fly as fresh BoJ nominee vetoed

      The Japanese government yesterday accused the opposition Democratic Party of Japan of abusing its power after it vetoed yet...

    18. April 10, 2008

      Accusations fly as fresh BoJ nominee vetoed

      The Japanese government yesterday accused the opposition Democratic Party of Japan of abusing its power after it vetoed yet...

    19. March 20, 2008

      Pressure for BoJ nomination

      Masaaki Shirakawa, deputy governor of the Bank of Japan, on Friday assumed the role of acting governor and said the central...

    20. March 13, 2008

      Lawmakers call for end to BoJ stalemate

      Senior Japanese lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties called for a breakthrough by Monday to end the stalemate...

    21. February 11, 2008

      Japanese opposition to accept new bank chief

      The Japanese government will as early as this week nominate its candidate for governor of the Bank of Japan amid growing...

    22. February 1, 2008

      Chinese dumplings spur consumer panic in Japan

      Japan has become the latest country to be hit by a consumer panic over dangerous food products from China after at least 10...

    23. January 31, 2008

      Chinese dumplings spur panic in Japan

      Japan has become the latest country to be hit by a consumer panic over dangerous food products from China after at least 10...

    24. December 22, 2007

      Japan suspends humpback hunt

      Japan on Friday announced it would suspend hunting humpback whales for "the time being", but said this was not a response to...

    25. November 29, 2007

      Ex-defence aide held by Japan's prosecutors

      Japanese prosecutors arres-ted a former top defence bureaucrat yesterday as part of a widening investigation into alleged...

    26. November 29, 2007

      Ex-defence aide held by Japan's prosecutors

      Japanese prosecutors yesterday arres-ted a former top defence official as part of a widening investigation into alleged...

    27. November 13, 2007

      The yen also rises

      “Buy yen if you must, but you had better do so slowly.” That is what comments by Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda, in an...

    28. November 13, 2007

      Fukuda warning on rapid rise in yen

      The yen is appreciating "too fast" and speculators need to "be careful", Yasuo Fukuda, Japan's prime minister, warned in an...

    29. November 13, 2007

      Fukuda warns on yen's rapid rise

      The yen is appreciating "too fast" and speculators need to "be careful", Yasuo Fukuda, Japan's prime minister, warned in an...

    30. November 13, 2007

      Risk aversion drives yen to dollar high

      The yen soared to an 18-month high against the dollar yesterday as traders retreated from risky assets amid heightened...

    31. November 13, 2007

      Japanese PM warns on rapid rise in yen

      The yen is appreciating "too fast" and speculators need to "be careful", Yasuo Fukuda, Japan's prime minister, warned in an...

    32. November 13, 2007

      Japanese PM warns on rapid rise in yen

      The yen is appreciating "too fast" and speculators need to "be careful", Yasuo Fukuda, Japan's prime minister, warned in an...

    33. November 12, 2007

      Fukuda warns on rapid rise in yen

      The yen is appreciating “too fast” and speculators need to “be careful”, Yasuo Fukuda, Japan’s prime minister, warned in an...

    34. November 12, 2007

      Yen hits 18-month high against dollar

      The yen soared to an 18-month high against the dollar on Monday as traders retreated from risky assets amid heightened...

    35. September 26, 2007

      Old guard regroups in Fukuda cabinet

      Yasuo Fukuda named a cabinet of heavyweights in a regrouping of the Liberal Democratic party's old guard as he was...

    36. September 26, 2007

      In and out

      Nobutaka Machimura, 62, chief cabinet secretary. The head of the LDP's biggest faction, he moves to what many consider the...

    37. September 25, 2007

      Old guard regroups in Fukuda cabinet

      Yasuo Fukuda named a cabinet of heavyweights on Wednesday in a regrouping of the Liberal Democratic party’s old guard after...

    38. September 14, 2007

      Fukuda takes lead in Japan PM race

      Yasuo Fukuda, a 71-year old semi-retired ruling party elder, has emerged as the frontrunner ahead of former foreign minister...

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