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

SATSUMASENDAI, JAPAN - OCTOBER 11: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Staffs of Kyushu Electric Power Co Sendai Nuclear Power Plant attend a training exercise on October 11, 2013 in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima, Japan. The Sendai nuclear plant, operated by Kyushu Electric Power Co., began carrying out a disaster management training exercise, the first such drill since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident unfolded. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Japan: Power switch weighs on Abe

Opposition to nuclear energy is growing but can the country afford to keep its reactors idled?

Japan ministers resign over scandals

Analysts warn blow to PM could damage his strong public support

Abe weighs tax rise against economy

Japan’s PM says consumption levy could be ‘meaningless’

Japanese lawmakers visit Yasukuni shrine

Abe and key ministers stay away, wary of riling China and S Korea

Weak yen is no panacea but Abe needs it

Depreciation is the central bank’s most potent tool. If it falters so could the reflation experiment

Purists retreat in global debate on fiscal policy

The choice between austerity and growth is no longer straightforward, with rich and poor countries settling on different solutions

Testing times for those seeking open markets

The pessimistic take is that all the negotiations now under way are ridden with naive false promise

Yen tensions rise between Abe and Kuroda

Japan PM sees depreciation downside but BoJ chief finds positives

Japan launches effort to support SMEs

Industry groups urged to allow businesses to pass through costs of falling yen

Japan Post IPO blow for BoA and Deutsche

Four banks chosen as global co-ordinators

Japan corporate confidence fades

Gloom worsens among all sizes of business

Hopes rise of Xi-Abe meeting

Leaders reported to be considering talks at Apec forum in November

Japan’s factory output falls in August

Industrial production data disappoint but retail sales improve

Japan voices concern over weak yen

Even exporters feel the pinch as dollar-denominated fuel costs rise

Japan still on track for second tax rise

‘Abenomics’ minister says stimulus measures will protect economy

Yoshiko Yamaguchi, film star and politician

Screen siren with roles that played out in her equally extraordinary real life

Chinese majority expect war with Japan

Poll finds 93% of Japanese have unfavourable view of neighbour

Tokyo governor backs public funds shift

Shift of some of $32bn reserves urged for higher-yielding assets

US economic recovery feeds yen bears

Policy split between Bank of Japan and US Fed weighs on currency

Abe preserves conservatism in reshuffle

More women in Japan cabinet but traditionalists remain dominant

Modi chides China as he embraces Japan

Summit with Abe seen as part of effort to counterbalance Chinese influence in Asia

India and Japan send signal with bear hug

Modi-Abe friendship could reshape Asian geopolitics

Abe must keep project on track

Japan’s economic recovery hangs in the balance

Age no longer key as Abe plans reshuffle

Japan PM faces challenge to keep old-timers satisfied

An indifferent time for Japan

Investors seem bored of inaction at the BoJ

Abe avoids visit to Yasukuni shrine

Japan’s PM stays away as he seeks a meeting with China’s Xi Jinping

The challenges facing Abenomics

Japan needs a new effort to revive its flagging economy

Abenomics rattled by Japan dip in growth

Annualised contraction of 6.8% worst since tsunami of 2011

Japan’s current account returns to deficit

Measure in red between January and June for first time since 1985

Japan condemns ‘dangerous’ Chinese acts

White paper may impede Abe’s efforts to meet Xi

Japan’s workers still wait for wage boost

Salaries fail to keep pace with inflation

Tokyo Olympic Games costs jump

Weak yen drives up price of materials

Globe-trotting Abe promotes Japan

After 47 countries in 18 months the Japanese leader is peripatetic by any standards

Abe faces rising disenchantment in Japan

Shadow looms over prime minister’s programme to kick-start economy

Japan’s trade deficit hits record

Monthly shortfalls raise fresh doubts about Abenomics

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Commerce a casualty of Sino-Japanese spats

Ties increasingly fraught amid territorial and economic battles

JGB rally bodes ill for a resurgent Japan

Bond market activity suggests growth strategy falling short

Abe sought meeting with Xi Jinping

Japan’s PM made the overture during a committee meeting

Beware Japan’s nuclear safety myth

Debate on future energy needs must be wider

Japan slams China over mushroom cloud map

Foreign minister attacks newspaper article saying Tokyo wants war