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    1. February 17, 2013

      Currency wars: yen is now

      Abandon hope, all ye who enter into a debate about currency wars. The IMF says there is no fight in the first place, while...

    2. February 5, 2013

      Yen and Toyota: ups and downs

      During the yen’s long rise, the bosses of Japan’s export giants have been like executives forced into too-tight suits. Now a...

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    1. Investing in Japan 2012

      Inward investment: Japan’s skills and diligence prove their worth Architecture: Tokyo...
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    1. January 3, 2013

      Investors embrace ‘Abe trade’ on Japan

      Bull markets in Japan tend not to last long. Over the past two decades, in an environment of low growth and persistent...

    2. December 31, 2012

      Yen resumes fall after brief buying spree

      The Japanese yen resumed its fall after a brief spell of haven buying on Monday after the latest fiscal cliff talks in the...

    3. December 28, 2012

      Weak Japan data bolster stimulus case

      Japan released a mostly weak batch of economic data for November, bolstering the case for fresh monetary and fiscal stimulus...

    4. December 27, 2012

      Abe turns back clock to stimulate economy

      Japan’s new government appears to be turning back the clock on economic policy, with plans for large-scale public spending...

    5. December 17, 2012

      Japan elections – second chance

      Shinzo Abe has the potential to be Japan’s most successful prime minister so far this century. At least, the stock market...

    6. December 12, 2012

      Japan tunnel collapse changes poll debate

      The lethal collapse of a Japanese expressway tunnel this month has helped change the national debate on government spending...

    7. December 10, 2012

      Japan enters recession before election

      Japan has entered its fifth recession in 15 years just days before the December 16 election, which is expected to sweep the...

    8. December 6, 2012

      Japan’s opposition LDP ahead in surveys

      Japanese bond futures hit new highs on Thursday as opinion polls showed the main opposition Liberal Democratic party on...

    9. December 5, 2012

      Abe can turn round Japan’s fortunes

      No sooner has a new leader been appointed in China, than Japan faces change at the top too. When it comes to transitions of...

    10. December 4, 2012

      Japan isn’t buying the end of deflation

      There is a big problem with a popular theory doing the rounds that says a dynamic new Japanese prime minister will sweep...

    11. December 4, 2012

      Japan’s election campaign kicks off

      As many as 12 political parties kicked off their campaigns on Tuesday ahead of Japan’s December 16 Lower House election,...

    12. December 4, 2012

      Economic indecision turns off Japan voters

      Three years ago, the Democratic Party of Japan won a landslide election victory, breaking the Liberal Democrat party’s...

    13. December 1, 2012

      North Korea plans rocket launch

      SEOUL, December 1 – North Korea is to carry out its second rocket launch of 2012 as its youthful leader Kim Jong-eun flexes...

    14. November 30, 2012

      Japan unveils $11bn stimulus package

      Japan’s government has approved its second round of stimulus in a little more than a month, as prime minister Yoshihiko Noda...

    15. November 27, 2012

      Japan’s nationalism is a sign of weakness

      On December 16 Japan will hold an election and if the polls are correct, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda will be replaced by...

    16. November 20, 2012

      Japan’s political carousel spins again

      Compared with some past occupants of Japan’s prime ministerial residence, Yoshihiko Noda is a lucky man. One previous...

    17. November 20, 2012

      BoJ holds firm amid political pressure

      Masaaki Shirakawa, governor of the Bank of Japan, has hit back against mounting political pressure on the central bank,...

    18. November 19, 2012

      Dollar slips on fiscal solution optimism

      A risk-on start to the week dominated foreign exchange markets with most of the major currencies carried higher against the...

    19. FT Alphaville

      November 19, 2012

      The 6am Cut London

      The FSB wants stricter controls on shadow banking: Minimum repo haircuts, tighter rules on rehypothecation, and new capital...

    20. November 18, 2012

      Japan’s election – revolving doors

      Welcome back to Japan’s revolving-door politics. Yoshihiko Noda was probably just getting comfortable as prime minister,...

    21. November 18, 2012

      Noda defends BoJ’s independence

      Japan’s prime minister has defended the independence of the central bank against calls for dramatic government-led monetary...

    22. November 18, 2012

      Asean curbs US regional security role

      Southeast Asian leaders have agreed not to “internationalise” the maritime disputes in the resource-rich South China Sea, in...

    23. November 18, 2012

      Noda warns on rise of anti-foreigner sentiment

      Japan’s prime minister has warned against excessive hostility to foreigners ahead of an election that many analysts say will...

    24. November 16, 2012

      Tokyo exporters jump on yen weakness

      Japanese stocks extended gains into a second day on Friday amid expectations that December’s election will lead to further...

    25. November 16, 2012

      Japanese PM dissolves parliament

      Japan’s prime minister on Friday dissolved parliament, clearing the way for a general election next month that is expected...

    26. November 15, 2012

      Yen sell-off continues as election called

      The Japanese yen sell-off continued on Thursday driven by an expectation of more easing by the Bank of Japan following the...

    27. November 14, 2012

      Tokyo political turmoil hits yen

      The Japanese yen fell sharply on Wednesday after prime minister Yoshihiko Noda said he would dissolve parliament on Friday...

    28. November 14, 2012

      Japan’s PM calls December election

      Japan will hold a general election next month that is widely expected to oust the ruling Democratic party after a tumultuous...

    29. November 13, 2012

      Japan averts fund crash ahead of elections

      Japan’s government has reached a deal with opposition parties over a controversial bond bill, averting a funding crunch and...

    30. November 13, 2012

      Shinzo Abe criticises China over Tibet

      Shinzo Abe, head of the main Japanese opposition party, has criticised China over its human rights record in Tibet, in...

    31. November 12, 2012

      Sense of discomfort grows for Japan Inc

      Talk to executives at Asics, and you don’t get the sense that Japan Inc is hurting. The country’s top maker of running...

    32. November 11, 2012

      Noda vows to join trade deal talks

      Yoshihiko Noda, the Japanese prime minister, has pledged to join talks on a domestically controversial pan-Pacific free...

    33. November 6, 2012

      Fears of Japan budget disaster overblown

      It says a great deal about the standard of political debate in Japan that much recent discussion has focused on the meaning...

    34. October 25, 2012

      Cracks in Japanese bonds merry-go-round

      Japan’s government debt is pretty terrifying, if you stop to think about it. Gross borrowings and guarantees in excess of...

    35. FT Alphaville

      October 25, 2012

      Japan's very own fiscal cliff

      And this one might prove more precipitous than its famous US cousin. From the FT’s Ben McLannahan: In an echo of worries in...

    36. October 25, 2012

      Japan grapples with its fiscal cliff

      The Japanese finance ministry will hold crisis talks with bond dealers in the world’s largest government debt market on...

    37. October 23, 2012

      New resignation blow for Noda government

      TOKYO, October 23 – Japan's justice minister quit on Tuesday because of ill health, a cabinet official said, after calls for...

    38. October 23, 2012

      Doubts cast over Japan nuclear phase-out

      It has only been a month since Japan declared that it would close down its nuclear industry by the end of the 2030s, but...

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