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    1. November 12, 2010

      Outside Edge: Sleepless in Seoul in an age of jet lag

      As I write this paragraph, it’s midnight. Or possibly lunchtime. I’m in a hotel room in a city which, I am reliably...

    2. July 20, 2010

      Yen intervention

      Intervention’s not what it used to be. Back in December 2008, Shoichi Nakagawa, then Japanese finance minister, succeeded in...

    1. FT Alphaville

      October 5, 2009

      Former Japan finance chief found dead

      Shoichi Nakagawa, 56, Japan’s former finance minister who resigned after appearing drunk at the G7 meeting in Rome earlier...

    2. October 5, 2009

      Japan's former finance minister found dead

      Shoichi Nakagawa, Japan's former finance minister who caused a stir by appearing to be drunk at a press conference during...

    3. October 4, 2009

      Former Japan finance chief found dead

      Shoichi Nakagawa, Japan’s former finance minister who caused a stir by appearing drunk at a press conference during the...

    4. August 31, 2009

      Humiliation for LDP as voters opt for change

      It was, as the deputy chief of the Liberal Democratic party's election strategy council admitted, a "historic rout". The...

    5. August 30, 2009

      ‘Historic rout’ for Japanese government

      It was, as the deputy chief of the Liberal Democratic party’s election strategy council admitted, a “historic rout”.The LDP...

    6. August 27, 2009

      Change within reach

      Things are bad for a ruling party when its re-election campaign features an apology from the prime minister for poor...

    7. August 26, 2009

      Change within reach

      Things are bad for a ruling party when its re-election campaign features an apology from the prime minister for poor...

    8. February 21, 2009

      Attraction of safe yen wanes

      The yen's status as a haven currency is being put to the test as its long-held relationship with global equities appears to...

    9. February 21, 2009

      Why Tokyo sets a top-flight example

      You had to feel a little sorry for Hillary Clinton when she touched down in Tokyo earlier this week. While the US secretary...

    10. February 20, 2009

      Safe appeal of yen wanes

      The yen’s status as a haven currency is being put to the test as its long-held relationship with global equities appears to...

    11. February 18, 2009

      Japan finance minister quits in G7 furore

      Shoichi Nakagawa, Japan's finance minister, yesterday resigned amid harsh criticism of his erratic performance at the Group...

    12. February 18, 2009

      Japanese finance minister is forced out

      Shoichi Nakagawa, Japan's finance minister, yesterday resigned amid harsh criticism of his erratic performance at a weekend...

    13. February 18, 2009

      Japan finance minister quits in G7 furore

      Shoichi Nakagawa, Japan's finance minister, yesterday resigned amid harsh criticism of his erratic performance at a Group...

    14. February 18, 2009

      Japan's finance minister resigns

      Shoichi Nakagawa, Japan's finance minister, yesterday resigned amid harsh criticism of his erratic performance at a Group...

    15. FT Alphaville

      February 17, 2009

      Being Japanese means always having to say you're sorry

      Shoichi never had any intention of quitting his job. He liked being finance minister. And actually, he really was very good...

    16. FT Alphaville

      February 17, 2009

      Japan’s finance minister to quit

      Japanese finance minister Shoichi Nakagawa said he would resign after the opposition party claimed he appeared drunk at a G7...

    17. February 17, 2009

      Japan finance minister forced out

      Shoichi Nakagawa, Japan’s finance minister, on Tuesday resigned amid harsh criticism of his erratic performance at a weekend...

    18. February 17, 2009

      Feeble response exposes Japan's political ills

      With Japan's government struggling to survive amid an economic downturn of truly historic proportions, there could hardly...

    19. February 17, 2009

      Feeble response exposes ruling party weakness

      With Japan's government struggling to survive amid an economic downturn of truly historic proportions, there could hardly...

    20. February 16, 2009

      Japan’s ruling party struggles for response

      With Japan’s government struggling to survive amid an economic downturn of truly historic proportions, there could hardly be...

    21. FT Alphaville

      February 16, 2009

      Japan's real problem - too much cough medicine

      Now, at last, some real insight into the palpitating heart of Japan’s economic troubles. Some may have thought that finance...

    22. January 28, 2009

      The agenda highlights

      Wednesday * The new economic era, with Trevor Manuel, Stephen Roach * Special session with Wen Jiabao * Opening plenary -...

    23. December 29, 2008

      Japan has 'no need' for further stimulus package

      Suggestions that Japan will soon need to draw up another fiscal stimulus package have been dismissed by the country's...

    24. December 29, 2008

      Debt burden casts shadow over stimulus

      A financial news and data terminal occupies pride of place at the centre of the long conference table in Shoichi Nakagawa's...

    25. December 29, 2008

      Tokyo rules out further stimulus package soon

      Suggestions that Japan will soon need to draw up another fiscal stimulus package have been dismissed by the finance...

    26. December 29, 2008

      Debt burden casts shadow over stimulus

      A financial news and data terminal occupies pride of place at the centre of the long conference table in Shoichi Nakagawa’s...

    27. December 28, 2008

      Tokyo rejects talk of further stimulus

      Suggestions that Japan will soon need to draw up another fiscal stimulus package have been dismissed by the finance...

    28. December 19, 2008

      Euro undaunted by downbeat Ifo data

      The euro enjoyed strong gains against a range of currencies yesterday, propelled by the relatively hawkish stance of the...

    29. December 19, 2008

      Tokyo starts to talk tough on yen intervention

      In a marked sharpening of Tokyo's language on the yen, senior government officials yesterday highlighted the possibility of...

    30. December 19, 2008

      Tokyo eyes yen intervention

      In a marked sharpening of Tokyo's language on the yen, senior government officials yesterday highlighted the possibility of...

    31. December 18, 2008

      Global currencies: Euro undaunted by Ifo data

      The euro enjoyed strong gains against a range of currencies on Thursday, propelled by the relatively hawkish stance of the...

    32. December 18, 2008

      Tokyo talks tough on yen intervention

      In a marked sharpening of Tokyo’s language on the yen, senior government officials on Thursday highlighted the possibility...

    33. December 18, 2008

      Small gains for cautious Asia-Pacific markets

      Asia-Pacific shares made small gains on Thursday as investors remained cautious amid downward earnings revisions and the...

    34. December 17, 2008

      Yen reaches 13-year high against the dollar

      The yen appreciated to its strongest level against the dollar in 13 years as the US Federal Reserve unexpectedly cut...

    35. December 13, 2008

      Japan responds with emergency action package

      Japan unveiled a package of "emergency measures" for its recession-mired economy yesterday, pledging Y4,000bn ($44bn,...

    36. December 13, 2008

      Yen's rise prompts talk of Tokyo intervening in currency markets

      As the yen rose to 13-year highs against the dollar yesterday, many wondered whether Tokyo might be rattled into its first...

    37. December 13, 2008

      Aso unveils barrier to 'tsunami' of woe

      For Taro Aso, the Japanese prime minister, the multi-trillion yen "Emergency Measures for the Defence of Livelihoods" he...

    38. December 13, 2008

      Yen's rise prompts intervention talk

      As the yen rose to 13-year highs against the dollar yesterday, many wondered whether Tokyo might be rattled into its first...

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