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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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,...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. September 20, 2010

    China and Japan spat mars youth expo visit

    China has abruptly cancelled an invitation for 1,000 young Japanese to visit the Shanghai Expo amid a widening dispute over...

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