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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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