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    1. FT Alphaville

      February 15, 2013

      Muto ado about something

      It’s the latest in Japanese swings and roundabouts, pushing the yen higher and JGB yields and stocks lower… What to blame?...

    2. March 6, 2011

      Scandal adds to woes of Japan’s ruling party

      Just when it seemed impossible for Japan’s Democratic party to worsen its precarious standing, the scandal that has engulfed...

    1. June 3, 2010

      Revolving door politics puts former leader in good company

      Yukio Hatoyama can take comfort that he has plenty of ex-leaders for company. Japan has had 31 prime ministers since the end...

    2. June 2, 2010

      Revolving door keeps turning in Japan

      No one is more disgusted by the Japanese habit of dumping just-installed prime ministers than . . . Yukio Hatoyama. Two...

    3. August 28, 2009

      LDP leaders in fight to save once-safe seats

      Heavyweight members of Japan's long-ruling Liberal Democratic party campaigned furiously to save once-safe seats yesterday...

    4. August 27, 2009

      DPJ heads for historic Japan landslide

      Sunday's general election, enough to allow it to push through legislation without relying on coalition partners, according...

    5. May 4, 2009

      Real progress eludes China-Japan ties

      Sino-Japanese relations are so fraught with historical grievance and symbolism that even a potted plant can become an...

    6. December 9, 2008

      Aso's low ratings lead to talk on his future

      Opinion polls released yesterday put Taro Aso's support rate at no more than 22 per cent, heightening speculation that he...

    7. November 28, 2008

      Taiwan’s financial regulator quits

      Taiwan’s chief financial regulator on Friday became one of the first Asian officials to step down because of the global...

    8. October 1, 2008

      Japanese business pessimism grows

      Japanese businesses confidence has turned overwhelmingly negative for the first time in five years just as consumer...

    9. September 25, 2008

      Aso makes UN pledge on growth

      Taro Aso, Japan’s new prime minister, on Thursday told the United Nations General Assembly that Tokyo would do its utmost to...

    10. September 25, 2008

      A temp in Tokyo

      One feature of today’s Japan is the prevalence of contract workers in a once-stable labour market. Now even the prime...

    11. September 23, 2008

      Japan set for fourth PM in two years

      Taro Aso, Japan's former foreign minister, was last night poised to become the country's fourth prime minister in two years...

    12. September 23, 2008

      Aso poised to become Japan's fourth PM in two years

      Taro Aso, Japan's former foreign minister, was last night poised to become the country's fourth prime minister in just over...

    13. September 23, 2008

      Victor's early test of political mettle

      For Taro Aso, becoming the 59th man to be prime minister of Japan was the easy part. Hanging on to the job for longer than...

    14. September 22, 2008

      Early test of mettle for new PM

      For Taro Aso, becoming the 59th man to be prime minister of Japan was the easy part. Hanging on to the job for longer than a...

    15. September 22, 2008

      Japan’s ruling party elects Aso as PM

      Taro Aso, Japan’s former foreign minister, was on Monday night poised to become the country’s fourth prime minister in just...

    16. September 22, 2008

      Aso set to become Japan's prime minister

      Taro Aso, Japan's outspoken, right-leaning former foreign minister, is poised to become prime minister of the world's...

    17. September 21, 2008

      Aso poised to be Japan’s prime minister

      Taro Aso, Japan’s out­spoken, right-leaning former foreign minister, is poised to become prime minister of the world’s...

    18. September 16, 2008

      Policy consensus in fight to be Japan's next PM

      As the race to become Japan's next prime minister gathered momentum over the weekend, one question has stood out. Does it...

    19. September 15, 2008

      Race to become Japan’s PM hots up

      As the race to become Japan’s next prime minister gathered momentum over the weekend, one question has stood out. Does it...

    20. September 13, 2008

      Koizumi backs Koike to head party

      Yuriko Koike, who is aiming to become Japan's first female leader, received a boost to her campaign yesterday after the...

    21. September 13, 2008

      Koizumi backs Koike to head party

      Yuriko Koike, who is aiming to become Japan's first female leader, received a boost to her campaign yesterday after the...

    22. September 13, 2008

      Koizumi backs Koike for leadership

      Yuriko Koike, who is aiming to become Japan’s first female leader, received a boost to her campaign on Friday after the...

    23. September 11, 2008

      Aso takes clear lead in race to head LDP

      Taro Aso, the former Japanese foreign minister, surged into a clear lead in the -Liberal Democratic party leadership...

    24. September 11, 2008

      Aso takes a clear lead in LDP race

      Taro Aso, the former Japanese foreign minister, surged into a clear lead in the -Liberal Democratic party leadership...

    25. September 11, 2008

      Aso takes a clear lead in LDP race

      Taro Aso, the former Japanese foreign minister, surged into a clear lead in the -Liberal Democratic party leadership...

    26. September 10, 2008

      Aso takes clear lead in race to head LDP

      Taro Aso, the former Japanese foreign minister, surged into a clear lead in the ­Liberal Democratic party leadership contest...

    27. September 10, 2008

      Five in race to be Japan's next PM

      An unprecedented five contenders will contest the race to be the next prime minister of Japan once formal nominations are...

    28. September 10, 2008

      Four contenders join Aso in battle for Japanese premiership

      The race to become the next prime minister of Japan intensified as an unprecedented five contenders prepared to announce...

    29. September 9, 2008

      Four battle Aso for Japan premiership

      The race to become the next prime minister of Japan intensified on Tuesday as an unprecedented five contenders prepared to...

    30. September 6, 2008

      Hang Seng falls below key level

      Hong Kong's Hang Seng index closed below 20,000 for the first time since March 2007 yesterday as fears deepened about the...

    31. September 5, 2008

      Fiscal hawk enters Japan's PM contest

      Veteran fiscal hawk Kaoru Yosano plans to run against frontrunner Taro Aso to become Japan's next prime minister in a...

    32. September 4, 2008

      Fiscal hawk enters Japan’s PM contest

      Veteran fiscal hawk Kaoru Yosano plans to run against frontrunner Taro Aso to become Japan’s next prime minister in a...

    33. September 4, 2008

      Top LDP woman set to run for leadership

      Yuriko Koike, the most senior female member of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic party, indicated yesterday that she was...

    34. September 3, 2008

      Top LDP woman set to run for leadership

      Yuriko Koike, the most senior female member of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic party, indicated on Wednesday that she was...

    35. September 3, 2008

      Aso signals he will enter PM race in Japan

      Taro Aso yesterday indicated he would seek to become Japan's next prime minister, saying he believed he was "qualified to...

    36. September 3, 2008

      Thailand forced down to 19-month low

      Thai stocks fell to their lowest levels for 19 months after violent clashes between pro and anti-government demonstrators...

    37. September 2, 2008

      Aso signals wish to be Japanese PM

      Taro Aso on Tuesday indicated he would seek to become Japan’s next prime minister, saying he believed he was “qualified to...

    38. FT Alphaville

      September 2, 2008

      Currencies and politics: When the twain meets

      The direction of key currencies and carry trades is anybody’s guess right now, but as politics takes precedence over other...

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