Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe became the 90th prime minister of Japan in December 2012.


The core elements of his economic strategy - known as Abenomics - are an aggressive monetary policy, a proactive fiscal policy and an economic growth strategy

Japan wage growth fastest in 15 years

Increase in basic salaries key to success of Abenomics

Donations scandal ensnares Japan leaders

Scandal threatens to slow down Abenomics growth programme

Abe war speech plan risks raising tension

PM signals focus on Japan’s peaceful postwar development

Shinzo Abe loses ally in TPP trade deal

Japan’s agricultural minister resigns over donations scandal

Australia rows back on A$20bn sub deal

Canberra bows to pressure from Berlin and Paris for tender process

Loeb pins Fanuc change hopes on Abenomics

Activist investor says robot maker is dragging heels on governance

Japan emerges from recession, but slowly

Growth falls short of forecasts as domestic demand remains weak

Japan affirms aim to raise consumption tax

Public finances in ‘extremely severe’ condition, warns finance minister

Japan must not retreat into isolation

Tokyo should not shed plans for a more active role after Isis killings

Isis killings prompt Japan rethink

Nation confronted with threat of international terrorism

Japan fury as Isis claims hostage killing

Incident reignites debate about country’s tradition of pacifism

Japan unions and employers split on pay

Companies resist demands for wage increases

Jordan offers prisoner swap with Isis

Amman willing to free inmate in return for pilot

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Tipping point for Japan’s foreign policy

The illusion of neutrality becomes harder to pull off as economic clout wanes

Abe takes to fairways to pitch pay rises

Prime minister courts corporate leaders at Japan’s country clubs

Japan condemns apparent Isis execution

Prime minister calls for immediate release of journalist

Japan battles to contain hostage crisis

Stands with west against terrorism while defending ‘non-military’ aid

Japan approves record Y96tn budget

Spending rises on defence, welfare and debt

Japan corporate tax: chewing the dough

A cut should help both shareholders and consumers

Japan on course to meet deficit goal

Cabinet prepares to approve a draft 2015 budget on Wednesday

Japan public optimism hits 2-year low

Economic gloom underlines challenges facing Abenomics

Japan and the Shackles of the Past

‘Japan and the Shackles of the Past’, by R Taggart

A study of Japan laments its failure to modernise. Review by David Pilling

Japan births fall to record low in 2014

Government faces challenge of smaller working pool

Tokyo to cut corporate tax rate

Move aimed at encouraging cash-rich companies to raise wages

SMFG defends culture of cross-shareholdings

Companies buying each other’s shares ‘good for investors’, it says

Abe sworn in on renewed economic mandate

Japan PM to name new cabinet following easy election victory

Retail investors snub ‘Abenomics’ savings

Take-up of ‘Nisas’ slow but further incentives planned

Truth behind Abe’s election ‘landslide’

As with many things in Japan, probe a little deeper and not everything is as it seems

Growth Abe’s priority under new mandate

Economic improvement needed before Japan’s PM can focus on defence

Abe wins mandate for business as usual

Japanese voters fear PM may not focus on economic reforms

Abe strengthens grip in Japanese election

Boost for policies aimed at reinvigorating economy

Prepare for the coming Japanese boom

Country sees strengthening of solvency thanks to stock of net overseas assets, writes Peter Tasker

Okinawa sends message to Abe

Candidates opposed to marine base relocation on course to win

Abenomics hinges on a tricky balance

To some, the goal is to dig Japan out of deflation, to others structural reforms are key

Resigned Japanese voters set to back Abe

Little enthusiasm for ‘Abenomics’ but public sees no alternative

Weak yen divisive for Abe ahead of poll

Japanese PM hails boon to exporters but wider impact unclear

Japan opposition party faces rout

Polls suggest voters in no mood to give DPJ another chance

Yen’s decline seen as long-term trend

Few investors are counting on a sustained reversal of devaluation

Mitsui invests $1bn in Mozambique coal

Japanese commodities group takes stake in Brazilian-operated mine

Japan’s voters see no alternative to Abe

Lack of enthusiasm for Abenomics aside, there is even less appetite to abandon it halfway through

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