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    Super-commuters: how to live and work in different continents

    Wolf and Kate Allisat were keen for their daughters’ names to be easily pronounceable around the world because, if their...

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    Japan sets sights on strengthening South China Sea surveillance

    For years, the sole armed force protecting Japan’s westernmost inhabited territory – the sleepy island of Yonaguni,...

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  1. The World

    April 18, 2014

    Shijuro Ogata, former central banker who opened up Japan's bureaucracy

    By Jurek Martin The formal obituaries of Shijuro Ogata, the former deputy governor of the Bank of Japan who has died at the...

  2. April 16, 2014

    Mt Gox Bitcoin exchange enters administration

    Mt Gox, the stricken virtual-currency exchange, has abandoned plans to rebuild after losing track of Bitcoins worth about...

  3. April 15, 2014

    Japan’s jobs go part-time amid Abenomics-led revival

    All Koichi Kobari wanted was a pair of hands to wash dishes in his buckwheat-noodle restaurant, a short walk from the...

  4. April 11, 2014

    Fidelity dethrones Kokusai fund in Japan

    The most popular bond fund in Japan has been knocked off the top spot after more than a decade, signalling a determined hunt...

  5. April 10, 2014

    US-Japan deadlock points to no April TPP deal for Obama

    An impasse between the US and Japan over import tariffs means Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo this month looks unlikely to...

  6. April 10, 2014

    Wall St slides as biotechs take a beating

    Thursday 21:15 BST. An aggressive sell-off for biotech stocks left Wall Street reeling as renewed worries about valuations...

  7. April 9, 2014

    Stocks extend gains after Fed minutes

    Wednesday 21:15 BST. US stocks extended early gains, Treasury bonds pared losses and the dollar retreated as market...

  8. FT Photo Diary

    April 8, 2014

    Tokyo wedding

    Eugene Hoshiko/AP A couple in Japanese traditional clothing pose for their wedding photos in a Tokyo park on Tuesday ...

  9. April 8, 2014

    Japan Exchange targets return of foreign listings

    Hong Kong may have turned up its nose at Alibaba’s initial public offering, but Tokyo – stripped of foreign issuers by years...

  10. April 8, 2014

    BoJ holds off on extra monetary easing

    The Bank of Japan refrained from taking extra monetary easing measures on Tuesday, judging that progress towards its 2 per...

  11. April 6, 2014

    Diplomacy weighs on Tony Abbott’s Asia trade mission

    It was either an ambitious statement of intent or a blunder that will make Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, a...

  12. April 5, 2014

    Japan orders military to strike new North Korea missile launches

    TOKYO, April 5 – Japan has ordered a destroyer in the Sea of Japan to strike any ballistic missiles that may be launched by...

  13. April 4, 2014

    Investing in China: time to be bold

    Go on, be bold. Buy China. If there can be a consensus contrarian bet, it is increasingly Chinese stocks. This year, even...

  14. FT Photo Diary

    April 4, 2014

    Czech supporter at Davis Cup tennis in Tokyo

    Shizuo Kambayashi/AP A Czech Republic supporter cheers during the quarter-final of Davis Cup World Group tennis at Ariake...

  15. April 3, 2014

    The way to avoid a war

    Beyond economic strength and military prowess, one of the precious ingredients in great power relations is credibility....

  16. April 2, 2014

    Japanese companies cast doubt on BoJ inflation target

    Companies in Japan doubt that the central bank will be able to hit its 2 per cent target for price rises, according to a new...

  17. April 2, 2014

    Wall Street marches on to fresh records

    Wednesday 21:00 BST. Encouraging signals on the US labour market ahead of Friday’s non-farm payrolls report helped Wall...

  18. FT Photo Diary

    April 1, 2014

    JAL staff prepare for take-off

    Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg Japan Airlines’ new employees line up for a photograph during a welcoming ceremony at the company’s...

  19. March 28, 2014

    Tokyo court rules no Eksportfinans default

    A Tokyo court has ruled that Norway’s decision to wind down Eksportfinans, the state-backed lender, did not trigger a...

  20. March 28, 2014

    Stocks finish week on firm footing

    Friday 20:00 GMT. World stocks ended the week on a positive note as markets took heart from growing speculation that policy...

  21. FT Photo Diary

    March 27, 2014

    World figure skating championships in Tokyo

    Toru Hanai/Reuters China’s Sui Wenjing and Han Cong compete during the pairs free skating program at the ISU World Figure...

  22. March 27, 2014

    Japan buyers rush to snap up gold as tax rise looms

    A landmark increase in Japan’s sales tax has led to a rush for small gold bars as retail investors pile into the precious...

  23. March 27, 2014

    Japan to free longest-serving death row inmate

    A Japanese man said to be the world’s longest-serving death-row inmate has been released from prison after 48 years and...

  24. FT Photo Diary

    March 26, 2014

    Dancing on Ice

    Toru Hanai/Reuters High flyer: American figure skater Max Aaron competes during the men’s short programme at the ISU World...

  25. March 26, 2014

    N Korea fires missiles in defiance of three-way summit

    SEOUL, March 26 – North Korea test-fired two medium-range ballistic missiles on Wednesday, South Korea and the US said, a...

  26. March 25, 2014

    US draws together South Korea and Japan

    The US has staged an unusual diplomatic intervention to bring together its two key north Asian allies, Japan and South...

  27. March 21, 2014

    Great flying, wrapped up

    This week marks the second instalment of my travelogue devoted to chronicling the excellent, good and very bad of travelling...

  28. March 21, 2014

    South Korea and Japan to hold summit

    The leaders of Japan, South Korea and the US will meet in the Netherlands next week, Seoul said on Friday, raising hopes of...

  29. March 20, 2014

    Foreign investors dump Japanese shares at record pace

    Foreign investors dumped shares in Japanese companies at a record pace last week, signalling disenchantment over the...

  30. March 19, 2014

    BoJ stimulus hesitance feeds yen bulls

    There is nothing that foreign exchange traders like less than a listless, directionless market. But this is exactly what...

  31. March 19, 2014

    Fed rate forecasts undermine Treasuries

    Wednesday 20:00 GMT. US government bond prices fell sharply and the dollar rallied as the markets interpreted the latest set...

  32. March 18, 2014

    Big Japanese cities emerge from land-price deflation

    Land prices in Japan’s three biggest cities rose last year for the first time since 2008, providing a boost to the...

  33. March 17, 2014

    Bulls take Crimea vote in their stride

    Monday 20:00 GMT. Global equities recouped a sizeable chunk of the sharp losses incurred last week as participants largely...

  34. March 14, 2014

    Pack smart, travel light

    It has been a while since I tapped out this column from the best seat in the travel industry – a taupe, chocolate and...

  35. FT Alphaville

    March 13, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian equity markets embarked on a relief rally after broad losses on Wednesday, but haven assets were moving up...

  36. March 13, 2014

    Trimmed BoJ purchase sparks JGB price slide

    An announcement from the Bank of Japan that it would trim long-term bond purchases sparked alarm in the world’s biggest bond...

  37. March 10, 2014

    Japan Display prices IPO at bottom of range

    Japan Display is set for an initial public offering at the bottom of its pricing range, suggesting tepid demand for a...

  38. March 7, 2014

    Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market: the world’s greatest food show

    Roll up, roll up for the greatest food show on earth: Tokyo’s Tsukiji wholesale fish market is the Louvre of the oceans, a...

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