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

Fearful Japanese thwart Abe on equities

The great quest to persuade the Japanese public to invest in stocks is falling on fearful ears

Abe constitution dream clashes with allies

Japan PM faces hurdles to change war-renouncing Article 9

Tinkering will not fix Japan’s democracy

The constitution gives the people agency. It must not be abandoned easily, writes Sheila Smith

Japan opens door to constitutional change

Abe is right to tread cautiously before amending the pacifist clause

Abenomics still has a long way to go

Proportion of Tokyo First Section companies trading below book value has just climbed back to 55%

Abe plans stimulus before constitution push

Election victory galvanises leader’s aim to change pacifist charter

Abe wins sweeping victory in Japan vote

PM closes in on supermajority needed to change constitution

Abe within reach of crucial supermajority

Parliamentary poll could allow Japan PM to revise pacifist constitution

Japan should not depreciate currency

Intervention should be limited to smoothing turbulent markets

IMF urges Japan to ‘reload’ Abenomics

Tokyo told to ramp up stimulus or cede defeat on inflation timing

Japan: The dash to stash

Negative rates should be spurring country’s consumers to spend, but hottest-selling item is the safe

Japan tax delay raises questions on economy

Abe’s decision suggests fiscal policy is not working as envisaged, writes Hisao Tonedachi

Abe admits deflation fears with tax delay

Japanese prime minister boosts huge economic stimulus package

Abe rolls dice on delay to sales tax rise

PM’s gamble will create winners and losers in politics and economy

Scandals put Japanese investors on edge

Takata, Mitsubishi and Toa revelations raise fears

G7 warns of Brexit threat to global growth

Leaders pledge action to boost world economy amid divisions on stimulus

Abe’s grim warning highlights G7 divisions

Japanese PM says global conditions echo post-Lehman crisis

Abe seeks stimulus for world economy

World leaders will also be preoccupied with Brexit and geopolitical tensions

Obama nuclear legacy hangs over Hiroshima

The world looks less safe despite the president’s pledge of a world free of atomic weapons

Disdain for Abe narrative near and far

Even harsher appraisal may be building in the bond market

Week Ahead Political Diary

Officials gather with world economy weak, productivity growth slow, Greek wobbles and Brexit fears

Obama cements legacy with Hiroshima trip

The president’s visit to city hit by the first US A-bomb helps build bridges, writes Jacob Weisberg

Obama to make historic trip to Hiroshima

First sitting US president to visit city devastated by atom bomb

Tokyo braced for stormy week of earnings

Focus on surging yen as top carmakers and banks report results

Japan pins hopes on Russia summit

Russo-Japanese ties have languished but observers say both would benefit from counterbalancing China

Japan’s premier warns on Brexit threat

Abe says Britain would no longer be ‘gateway’ to Europe

The BoJ risks a reputation for caprice

Rather than sit on its hands, it should press ahead with looser policy

France wins A$50bn Australia subs contract

Blow to Japan’s ambitions to develop arms export industry

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Fate of a salaryman’s mini-holiday

Changing Japanese weekend break shows economy in microcosm

Abenomics faces Hokkaido by-election test

Vote could reshape Japanese politics as opposition unites

Japan warned over threats to press freedom

UN special rapporteur slates Abe government for media interference

Abenomics needs more than viral lolly ad

Akagi Nyugyo’s pantomime defines the problem investors have rebuilding belief in Abe’s doctrine

Abenomics backer warns on negative rates

Japan’s chief financial regulator says policy hurting banks

Nomura: heading home

Japanese group has achieved little by taking on foreign rivals

Japan: sentiment Tankaning

Economic data tell a spotty story; the markets, a worrying one

Yen’s surge piles pressure on Tokyo

Japanese currency appreciates nearly 10 per cent this year

Japan state intervention rules still weak

Too soon to celebrate complete end of government bailouts after Sharp sale to Foxconn

Japanese stocks track Tankan lower

Manufacturers survey shows worst reading since 2013

Takeshi Kunibe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, at its company headquarters, for Michiyo Nakamoto's story. 05/24/2011

JBA head predicts spike in overseas buys

Kunibe says negative rate policy will also prompt bank consolidation

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Abe’s chance to scrap a self-defeating tax rise

It is crucial to avoid choking demand until Japan’s economy improves

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