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  1. December 27, 2013

    Okinawa governor approves US base move

    A 17-year battle over the future of a US military base in Japan that has strained relations between Tokyo and Washington...

  2. January 31, 2013

    Japan’s PM wows voters with ‘Abenomics’

    Shinzo Abe, Japan’s political Lazarus, has burst from his grave at an almighty sprint. In the month since the nationalist...

  1. December 12, 2012

    Japan dam debacle shows DPJ’s failings

    When Japan’s Democratic party promised to halt construction of Yamba Dam in its 2009 election manifesto, the pledge was...

  2. 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...

  3. August 22, 2012

    Japan, China and their ‘history problem’

    When the Democratic Party of Japan took power three years ago, it promised a radical overhaul of foreign policy. It wanted...

  4. February 8, 2012

    US to move thousands of marines off Okinawa

    Washington has agreed to move thousands of US marines off Japan’s southern island of Okinawa, despite lack of progress on a...

  5. September 26, 2011

    Tokyo tackles taxation for tsunami reconstruction

    As debate rages in the US and Britain over top-end tax rates, Japanese authorities appear to be adopting a different...

  6. June 6, 2011

    Talk of Japan coalition intensifies

    Speculation that Japan's ruling and opposition parties could form a "grand coalition" intensified on Monday amid rising...

  7. June 2, 2011

    The indecision of Naoto Kan

    When Naoto Kan came to power as Japan’s prime minister, he promised strong and decisive leadership. Recent events show how...

  8. June 2, 2011

    Kan survives confidence vote

    Naoto Kan, Japan’s prime minister, survived a no-confidence motion that had threatened his year-old government after he...

  9. June 1, 2011

    Japan’s Kan to face no-confidence vote

    Japan’s Democratic party on Wednesday scrambled to shore up parliamentary support as opposition parties submitted a...

  10. February 24, 2011

    Political risk: The price that must be paid for revolving door leadership

    It is a measure of the general dissatisfaction with the state of Japanese politics that one of the nation’s biggest...

  11. February 13, 2011

    Support for Kan dips to new low

    In a further blow to Japan’s prime minister, Naoto Kan, public support for his cabinet has hit a fresh low, giving the...

  12. December 14, 2010

    Japan corporate tax

    It may be no coincidence that Naoto Kan announced a crowd-pleasing tax cut on the day his cabinet’s approval ratings sank to...

  13. FT Alphaville

    November 29, 2010

    Okinawans re-elect conservative governor

    Voters in the Japanese island prefecture of Okinawa have re-elected their conservative governor in a result that is likely...

  14. November 29, 2010

    Okinawans re-elect conservative governor

    Voters in the Japanese island prefecture of Okinawa have re-elected their conservative governor in a result that is likely...

  15. September 14, 2010

    DPJ fails to live up to its promises

    Before its general election landslide in August last year, members of Japan’s Democratic party often portrayed their...

  16. August 26, 2010

    ‘Shogun’ emerges from the shadows in Japan

    The last thing Japan needs with a surging currency and waning economic recovery is more political turmoil. But that is what...

  17. FT Alphaville

    August 26, 2010

    Once more unto the breach, with Japan's Kan

    This is getting to be like an interminable rerun of a kabuki play. Barely two months after one change of government and (yet...

  18. August 26, 2010

    Japan’s PM faces leadership threat

    Ichiro Ozawa, former secretary-general of Japan’s ruling Democratic party, announces his challenge to the premiership of...

  19. July 12, 2010

    Kan carries the can for DPJ failures

    The setbacks are coming thick and fast for the Democratic Party of Japan. Just over a month ago Yukio Hatoyama, the party’s...

  20. June 29, 2010

    Opposition party dismisses talk of Japanese alliance

    The head of a potentially pivotal Japanese opposition group sharply dismissed suggestions yesterday it could ally with the...

  21. June 28, 2010

    Japan opposition rules out DPJ alliance

    The head of a potentially pivotal Japanese opposition group on Monday sharply dismissed suggestions it could ally with the...

  22. June 18, 2010

    Japan prioritises state debt

    Japan's ruling Democratic party yesterday made fiscal consolidation a centrepiece of its latest election manifesto , with...

  23. June 18, 2010

    Business lobby hails Kan as stable influence

    The election of Naoto Kan as Japan's prime minister has eased worries in the corporate sector about the economic and fiscal...

  24. June 17, 2010

    Japan puts debt at heart of poll agenda

    Japan’s ruling Democratic party on Thursday made fiscal consolidation a centrepiece of its latest election manifesto, with...

  25. June 17, 2010

    Japan’s top business lobby hails new PM

    The election of Naoto Kan as Japan’s prime minister has eased worries in the corporate sector about the economic and fiscal...

  26. June 17, 2010

    Japan’s top business lobby hails new PM

    The election of Naoto Kan as Japan’s prime minister has eased worries in the corporate sector about the economic and fiscal...

  27. June 11, 2010

    Tokyo hit by dispute over expenses

    Payments for phone calls, tissue paper and tea have be-come targets of intense public scrutiny as Japan's new government...

  28. June 10, 2010

    Japan government hit by expenses dispute

    Payments for phone calls, tissue paper and tea have be­come targets of intense public scrutiny as Japan’s new government...

  29. June 9, 2010

    Japan PM unveils cabinet line-up

    Naoto Kan, Japan's new prime minister, unveiled a cabinet line-up yesterday that emphasised policy stability even as he...

  30. June 8, 2010

    Japan’s Kan unveils new cabinet

    Naoto Kan, Japan’s new prime minister, unveiled a cabinet line-up on Tuesday that emphasised policy stability even as he...

  31. June 7, 2010

    Kan boosts Japan's DPJ ratings

    Naoto Kan's election as Japan's next prime minister has given the Democratic party's ratings a much- needed boost in opinion...

  32. June 7, 2010

    Japan's premier will need good judgment and thick skin in Diet

    For the fifth time in less than four years, newsreaders and national leaders around the world are having to learn the name...

  33. June 6, 2010

    Kan boosts DPJ opinion ratings

    Naoto Kan’s election as Japan’s next prime minister has given the Democratic party’s ratings a much-needed boost in opinion...

  34. June 6, 2010

    Kan will need thick skin in the Diet

    For the fifth time in less than four years, newsreaders and national leaders around the world are having to learn the name...

  35. June 5, 2010

    New PM breaks mould of previous premiers

    Naoto Kan celebrates his election as DPJ leader and Japan’s new prime minister on June 4 2010 Naoto Kan is no standard-issue...

  36. June 5, 2010

    Copper miners downbeat on China

    Asian stocks were held in check yesterday after downbeat comments on Chinese growth from the world's two largest copper...

  37. June 5, 2010

    Fear of DPJ split as Kan takes helm

    Naoto Kan yesterday won election to become Japan's new prime minister and promised to bring fresh focus to an...

  38. June 4, 2010

    And Naoto work

    The Japanese love of ephemeral beauty, known as mono no aware, is encapsulated in the cherry blossom, whose fleeting...

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