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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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