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

Toyota quarterly profit falls

World’s biggest automaker lifts spending on artificial intelligence

Japanese tech groups lose pace in AI race

Fears rise at tech industry’s failure to capitalise on robot boom

Japan economy minister Amari resigns

Departure over bribe claim deprives PM of ‘minister for Abenomics’

Japan needs to make governance rules work

Strong pressure from investors is critical for making further progress

Chinese Coastguard ship

China steps up Senkaku incursions

Japan claims Beijing trying to change the East China Sea status quo

Stronger yen casts shadow over equities

Psychological blow to Abenomics and vulnerabilities laid bare

Shinzo Abe
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Abe calls for engagement with Putin

Japan PM says Russian help crucial to tackling Mideast crises

Abe takes aim at the global stage

Leader says Japan has made progress laying ghosts of past to rest

Dollar’s ascent enters autopilot mode

Effortless gains against developed, EM and commodity currencies

Submarine sellers seek groundbreaking deal

Australia contract would mark first big Japanese arms export deal in 70 years

Will Abenomics work?

The country saves too much, but higher wages and taxes could help eliminate the surplus

Abe needs to get back on track

Japan PM’s wages gaffe shows need for clear communication

Holding Japan Inc to account

International investors reluctant to vote against management

Female entrepreneurs opt for crowdfunding

Women bypass banks via crowdfunding sites for projects

Japan to exit deflation, predicts Abe

PM’s message clashes with data showing near-zero inflation

S Korean ‘comfort women’ reject accord

Former sex slaves say Seoul caved in to Japan to end dispute

Members of civil groups gather in front of the South Korean foreign ministry in Seoul on Dec. 28, 2015, as Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung Se met in the capital over the "comfort women" issue. The ministers were urged to come up with a deal that will satisfy the victims of the wartime atrocity. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo Photo via Newscom

It took hawkish Abe to bury the hatchet

His rightwing credentials have allowed him to pull the two countries closer, writes Joji Sakurai

Japan arms maker targets foreign deals

Manufacturer to revive weapons exports as political winds shift

Tokyo orders ‘hamburger’ Olympic stadium

Architects say design is similar to previously rejected blueprint

Abe swaps fiscal choice for political vantage

Japan’s prime minister bets exempting food from tax rise strengthens his hand ahead of elections

India close to $15bn rail deal with Japan

Project to build 505km Mumbai-Ahmedabad link takes shape

Japan’s recession to prove an illusion

Official says GDP data will show country avoided recession

Japan’s Abe calls for minimum wage rises

PM targets annual 3% increase in bid to boost consumer spending

Butter shows Japan’s uneven food policies

Prolonged yen weakness has boosted price inflation

Blast at Japan’s Yasukuni war shrine

No injuries as explosive goes off during harvest festival

‘When you are a woman you are put to a test’: Maria Mercedes Corrales, right, mentoring Yuki Uchida, on business culture

Female entrepreneurs get support in Japan

Few women start-up or lead businesses

‘When you are a woman you are put to a test’: Maria Mercedes Corrales, right, mentoring Yuki Uchida, on business culture

Japan Inc rejects female executives scheme

PM Abe’s ‘womenomics’ subsidy plan increases benefits

Japan set to beat 2020 visitor target

Chief executive of tour company cites boom in Chinese shoppers

Japan banks to cut more cross-holdings

Mizuho sets new target to sell more corporate client stakes

Definition of recession needs a rethink

It is an idea that no longer means what we imagine, writes Robin Harding

The 16th-century Osaka Castle, built by Kongo Gumi
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Deep roots in need of a tonic

Shinzo Abe wants more companies to die and give way to start-ups

Troubles at home overshadow Modi visit

Critics complain of religious intolerance and economic drift

Japan Post IPO euphoria wears off

After two days of ascent, shares end week on quieter note

Ageing Japan bets on Vegas-style daycare

Fake money proves a boon for operators and Abenomics alike

ENNH6Y Okinawa, Japan: people protesting by Camp Schwab Marines base against the construction of a new base in Henoko Bay. Image shot 2015. Exact date unknown.

Okinawans feel growing rift with Japan

Furore over sites adds to calls for more autonomy from Tokyo

The Bank of Japan considers more easing

The central bank needs support from fiscal and structural policy

Japan Post: Painful delivery

The largest IPO of 2015 has seen conservers of a way of life lose out to supporters of market forces

Talks herald thaw in Japan-S Korea relations

Move to resolve dispute over colonial-era abuse of women

Deal to push for revival of N Korea talks

East Asian agreement comes amid signs of Pyongyang arms progress

Japan’s economy: Credibility on the line

The Bank of Japan’s governor must decide whether to expand quantitative easing or accept it is not working

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