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    1. October 27, 2014

      Abe’s cabinet rocked by new scandal

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, faces more pressure after his trade minister admitted taking inappropriate donations...

    2. FT Alphaville

      April 2, 2013

      Expectations management for the BoJ

      We’ve used that kind of header before… but Abe is forcing us to crack it out again. From the FT on Tuesday: Japanese Prime...

    1. December 12, 2012

      Japan dam debacle shows DPJ’s failings

      When Japan’s Democratic party promised to halt construction of Yamba Dam in its 2009 election manifesto, the pledge was...

    2. November 7, 2012

      World leaders welcome Obama’s re-election

      World leaders reacted positively to the re-election of President Barack Obama on Wednesday amid relief in many governments...

    3. FT Alphaville

      October 30, 2012

      A bento box of pressure at the BoJ

      So the Bank of Japan basically did what what was expected of it as did the yen, which gained 0.5 per cent against the dollar...

    4. October 30, 2012

      BoJ independence called into question

      While the Bank of Japan kept markets waiting for a monetary policy announcement much longer than usual on Tuesday, in the...

    5. October 30, 2012

      BoJ eases policy for second month

      The Bank of Japan has taken the rare step of easing monetary policy for a second month in a row to arrest flagging growth,...

    6. October 22, 2012

      Asian resource stocks hit by slowdown

      Asian shares fell on profit-taking after recent sharp gains, with commodity-related shares hit as investors were...

    7. October 11, 2012

      Tokyo stands firm over disputed islands

      Japan has no intention of backing down in a damaging spat with China over the Senkaku Islands regardless of the negative...

    8. October 5, 2012

      BoJ asserts independence by holding rates

      The Bank of Japan opted not to relax monetary policy on Friday, resisting overt pressure for further easing from the first...

    9. October 1, 2012

      New finance chief named in Japan reshuffle

      Koriki Jojima was named as Japan’s new finance minister on Monday as prime minister Yoshihiko Noda reshuffled his cabinet...

    10. September 28, 2011

      Japan Tobacco sale planned for reconstruction

      The Japanese government plans to sell its entire stake in Japan Tobacco and other firms to raise Y2,000bn ($26.2bn) to pay...

    11. August 29, 2011

      Japan’s latest leader

      Yoshihiko Noda will today become Japan’s sixth prime minister in the five years since Junichiro Koizumi stepped down. He was...

    12. The World

      August 29, 2011

      Japan's revolving door swings once more

      Here we go again. Japan has a new prime minister. This is a truly momentous event – momentous, that is, for anyone who has...

    13. August 29, 2011

      Noda poised to become Japan premier

      Japan’s ruling Democratic party has chosen Yoshihiko Noda, finance minister, as its new leader, paving the way for him to...

    14. August 26, 2011

      Japan’s ruling party seeks unity in new leader

      It is not an easy choice when faced with a trade minister who cried in parliament, a former foreign minister prone to gaffes...

    15. August 26, 2011

      Kan exit opens way for new Japan PM

      Naoto Kan has announced his resignation as leader of Japan’s ruling Democratic party, in effect ending his turbulent...

    16. August 24, 2011

      Moody’s downgrades Japan’s debt rating

      Moody’s has cut Japan’s credit rating by one notch citing concerns about the government’s ability to reduce its mountain of...

    17. FT Alphaville

      August 23, 2011

      Maehara joins battle to become Japan’s PM

      The battle to become Japan’s next prime minister changed course dramatically on Tuesday after Seiji Maehara, the former...

    18. August 23, 2011

      Maehara joins battle to become Japan’s PM

      The battle to become Japan’s next prime minister changed course dramatically on Tuesday after Seiji Maehara, the former...

    19. August 11, 2011

      Quiet man who is favourite to be Japan’s PM

      When Yoshihiko Noda was named finance minister just over a year ago, most Japanese had never heard of the unassuming...

    20. July 13, 2011

      Japan PM urges nuclear power phase-out

      Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister, has called on the country to gradually eliminate its reliance on nuclear power, in his...

    21. FT Alphaville

      July 4, 2011

      Japan PM contender calls to ditch nuclear

      A leading contender to replace Naoto Kan as Japan’s prime minister has called for the country to phase out nuclear power...

    22. July 3, 2011

      Japan PM contender says ditch nuclear

      A leading contender to replace Naoto Kan as Japan’s prime minister has called for the country to phase out nuclear power...

    23. March 11, 2011

      Japan PM hit by donations scandal

      Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister, received Y1m ($12,000) in political donations from a foreign resident, according to a...

    24. March 9, 2011

      Japan appoints new foreign minister

      Japan’s prime minister has named an established but low-profile ruling party politician as foreign minister, a choice seen...

    25. March 7, 2011

      Japan resigned to political drift

      Woops. There goes another Japanese minister. In less than 18 months, the Democratic Party of Japan is already on its second...

    26. March 7, 2011

      Japan’s opposition risks playing villain

      As Japan’s government and opposition face off in an unprecedented budget showdown, politicians are turning to one crucial...

    27. March 7, 2011

      Japan’s shrinking workforce

      The resignation of the latest Japanese foreign minister, in office for barely six months, should have little effect on...

    28. March 7, 2011

      Tokyo and Mumbai hit by oil price concerns

      Both the key Asian markets of Tokyo and Mumbai were hit by renewed oil price jitters and domestic political commotion as the...

    29. FT Alphaville

      March 7, 2011

      Japan's foreign minister resigns

      Japan’s foreign minister, Seiji Maehara, resigned on Sunday night after revelations that he received political donations...

    30. March 6, 2011

      Scandal adds to woes of Japan’s ruling party

      Just when it seemed impossible for Japan’s Democratic party to worsen its precarious standing, the scandal that has engulfed...

    31. March 6, 2011

      Japanese foreign minister resigns

      Japan’s foreign minister, Seiji Maehara, has resigned after revelations that he received political donations from a foreign...

    32. March 4, 2011

      China’s military budget rise alarms Tokyo

      China plans to resume double-digit growth of its official defence spending this year, a move likely to unsettle neighbours...

    33. FT Alphaville

      November 25, 2010

      Japan secures rare earths deal with Australia

      Japan has secured a tentative agreement with Australia to buy rare earths, the FT reports. Rare earths are key minerals used...

    34. November 24, 2010

      Japan secures rare earths deal with Australia

      Japan has secured a tentative agreement with Australia to buy rare earths, key minerals used in the manufacturing of...

    35. FT Alphaville

      November 1, 2010

      Japan hits out over Medvedev visit

      Japan on Monday summoned Russia’s ambassador to protest against a visit by Dmitry Medvedev, Russian president, to a disputed...

    36. November 1, 2010

      Japan hits out over Medvedev visit

      Dmitry Medvedev, Russian president, near cold war-era defence turrets, during his visit to Kunashiri Island, one of a group...

    37. October 31, 2010

      Sino-Japan dispute overshadows summit

      Hillary Clinton’s meeting with 16 heads of state at the east Asia Summit in Vietnam on Saturday was supposed to be a...

    38. October 28, 2010

      US warns against rare earths dependence on China

      Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, has called for the US and its partners to reduce their dependence on China’s...

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