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  1. 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...

  2. beyondbrics

    September 21, 2012

    New York headlines

    * Japanese companies report China delays * Brazil’s finance chief attacks US over QE3 * S Korean president approves land...

  1. September 21, 2012

    Tokyo warns on impact of island dispute

    Jun Azumi, Japan’s finance minister, has described reports of customs hold-ups for Japanese companies in China as “a matter...

  2. September 19, 2012

    Doubts rise on Japan’s nuclear phase-out

    Japan’s determination to phase out nuclear power before 2040 looks less certain after the cabinet offered only qualified...

  3. September 16, 2012

    Noda’s nuclear phase-out is not final word

    What Japan needs, says Yoshihiko Noda, its prime minister, is “decisive politics that makes the necessary decisions without...

  4. August 17, 2012

    Japan warns on island dispute with China

    Japan’s trade minister warned on Friday that the latest escalation of a dispute with China over islands in the East China...

  5. April 27, 2012

    Tepco submits $24.8bn recovery plan

    Tokyo Electric Power, the Japanese nuclear crisis-hit utility, has submitted a recovery plan to the government under which...

  6. April 19, 2012

    Japan posts record annual trade deficit

    Japan posted its worst trade deficit on record last year as energy imports soared, highlighting the economic cost of the...

  7. April 13, 2012

    Japan steps towards nuclear restart

    Japan’s paralysed nuclear industry took a step toward resuming operations at dozens of idled power plants on Friday after a...

  8. April 4, 2012

    Tepco faces revolt over price rise

    Tokyo Electric Power is facing a revolt by corporate customers after the utility said it would sharply increase the price of...

  9. February 28, 2012

    Japan ill-prepared for Fukushima disaster

    The first independent investigation into Japan’s nuclear crisis has painted a damning portrait of the desperate efforts by...

  10. February 13, 2012

    Tokyo threatens to withhold Tepco aid

    Japan’s government has threatened to withhold a Y1tn ($12.9bn) financial rescue of Tokyo Electric Power , owner of Fukushima...

  11. FT Alphaville

    February 13, 2012

    Tepco faces avoids delisting, secures bailout

    Tokyo Electric Power received agreement from Japan’s government for $8.9bn of aid to support compensation payments after the...

  12. January 26, 2012

    Japan to inject $12.9bn into Tepco

    Japan will inject Y1,000bn ($12.9bn) of fresh capital into Tokyo Electric Power, owner of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear...

  13. FT Alphaville

    January 19, 2012

    Minister urges Japan to use strong yen

    Japanese companies should take greater advantage of the strong yen to increase overseas investments and buy natural...

  14. January 19, 2012

    Minister urges Japan to use strong yen

    Japanese companies should take greater advantage of the strong yen to increase overseas investments and buy natural...

  15. January 19, 2012

    Edano plots Japanese energy reform

    Japan must strip its regional electricity utilities of their sales monopolies as part of reforms following last year’s...

  16. December 27, 2011

    Tepco under pressure to nationalise

    Tokyo Electric Power is facing increased pressure to accept nationalisation from the Japanese government amid a warning from...

  17. FT Alphaville

    October 28, 2011

    Tepco to ask for $12bn from government

    Tokyo Electric Power will ask the government for 900bn yen ($12bn) to avoid bankruptcy, according to a report in the Nikkei...

  18. October 16, 2011

    Japan’s utilities struggle with post-nuclear reality

    Japan’s economy minister has sharply criticised an atomic power operator over its handling of an email scandal that dealt a...

  19. October 4, 2011

    Tepco: inefficiency to the rescue

    The plan by a government-backed advisory panel to ensure that Tokyo Electric Power keeps serving 29m customers in the heart...

  20. September 27, 2011

    Heat rises on Tepco as Fukushima crisis eases

    Six months after a massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami crippled the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, operator Tokyo...

  21. August 22, 2011

    Japan warns on radiation-hit land

    Some areas near Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant could be uninhabitable for many years, due to...

  22. August 1, 2011

    S Korea denies entry to Japan politicians

    South Korea has prevented three conservative Japanese politicians from entering the country in an escalating diplomatic spat...

  23. July 13, 2011

    Japan PM urges nuclear power phase-out

    Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister, has called on the country to gradually eliminate its reliance on nuclear power, in his...

  24. June 6, 2011

    Tepco tumbles on fresh bankruptcy fears

    Fukushima Daiichi before the earthquake and tsunami Shares of Tokyo Electric Power, operator of Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi...

  25. FT Alphaville

    May 18, 2011

    Tokyo hit for 'rash' Tepco remarks

    Japanese business leaders have criticised government pressure on banks to waive loans to Tokyo Electric Power, in a rare...

  26. FT Alphaville

    May 17, 2011

    Tokyo rebuked for ‘rash’ Tepco remarks

    Japanese business leaders have criticised government pressure on banks to waive loans to Tokyo Electric Power, in a rare...

  27. May 17, 2011

    Tokyo rebuked for ‘rash’ Tepco remarks

    Japanese business leaders have criticised government pressure on banks to waive loans to Tokyo Electric Power, in a rare...

  28. May 13, 2011

    Japan banks face Tepco plan pressure

    Japanese banks have come under pressure to forgive loans to Tokyo Electric Power, as part of a government plan to help the...

  29. April 27, 2011

    S&P sounds fresh alarm on Japan debt

    Standard & Poor's has cut its outlook for Japan’s sovereign debt from “stable” to “negative,” citing concerns that...

  30. April 22, 2011

    Dressing in a crisis

    Yukio Edano, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, speaks during a news conference at the prime minister’s official residence in...

  31. April 21, 2011

    Japan creates no-go area around nuclear plant

    The Japanese government has declared a no-entry zone within a 20km radius of Tokyo Electric Power’s stricken Fukushima...

  32. April 18, 2011

    Japan bars officials from utility jobs

    Japan will restrict senior industry regulators from taking jobs at power companies, in response to criticism that the...

  33. April 7, 2011

    BoJ to offer cheap loans to quake-hit lenders

    The Bank of Japan said on Thursday it would offer cheap funding to banks affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in...

  34. April 6, 2011

    Tepco finds no time to rest easy

    Japan has stopped a leak of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean from its tsunami-crippled nuclear power station...

  35. April 2, 2011

    Tepco struggles to halt radioactive leak

    Tokyo Electric Power is struggling to block a crack in a pit that is leaking highly radioactive water into the ocean at its...

  36. April 1, 2011

    No plans to nationalise Tepco, says Kan

    Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister, has dismissed speculation that his government plans to nationalise the utility at the...

  37. FT Alphaville

    April 1, 2011

    Tokyo eyes stake in Tepco

    Japan’s government plans to take control of Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear power...

  38. March 31, 2011

    Stabilising nuclear plant to take years

    Japan’s quake-crippled atomic power station will take years to fully stabilise but officials hope to prevent any further...

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