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  1. July 31, 2014

    Naver numbers disappoint amid Line IPO talk

    Naver, South Korea’s biggest internet company by sales, disappointed the market with its second-quarter results amid...

  2. July 31, 2014

    Loose global monetary policies undercut Asia volatility contracts

    The impact on equity markets of loose monetary policy from central banks across the world is undercutting attempts in Asia...

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    Positive leadership and the prospect of the Olympics returning to Tokyo are boosting c...
  2. Investing in Japan 2012

    Inward investment: Japan’s skills and diligence prove their worth Architecture: Tokyo...
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  1. July 30, 2014

    Japan’s industrial output falls back

    Fears of a serious knock to Japan’s economy caused by April’s increase in consumption tax intensified as industrial...

  2. FT Alphaville

    July 30, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Asian markets were broadly positive on hopes of a robust US second quarter gross domestic product report due out...

  3. July 30, 2014

    Robust US GDP drives up Treasury yields

    Wednesday 21:00 BST. US stocks had a choppy session while Treasury bond yields and the dollar rose as markets digested the...

  4. July 29, 2014

    McDonald’s Japan axes profit guidance amid food safety scandal

    McDonald’s Japan has pulled its full-year profit guidance on the back of falling sales, after some of its 3,200 restaurants...

  5. July 29, 2014

    Tokyo Olympics costs jump amid construction labour shortage

    Abenomics, Shinzo Abe’s quest to bring growth and inflation back to Japan, has thrown a spanner in the works of Tokyo’s...

  6. July 25, 2014

    S&P 500 retreats from record high

    Friday 21:00 BST. US and European equities took a step back at the end of a week that saw Wall Street hit record highs as...

  7. July 23, 2014

    Mt Gox creditors want payouts in Bitcoins

    A group of creditors of Mt Gox, the collapsed Bitcoin exchange, is threatening a shake-up of bankruptcy proceedings in Tokyo...

  8. July 16, 2014

    Deutsche Bank Japan ex-salesman gets 10-month sentence for bribery

    A former Deutsche Bank salesman in Tokyo has been handed a relatively light penalty for bribing public servants, after a...

  9. July 16, 2014

    Chat app Line files for Tokyo listing

    Line, the Japan-based smartphone messaging service, has filed preliminary listing documents in Tokyo as it heads toward the...

  10. July 11, 2014

    The Fast Lane: Let’s save a masterpiece

    It wasn’t my intention to make last week’s column a cliffhanger but I have so many views on hospitality, mindless...

  11. July 11, 2014

    Olympian effort to create 70,000 new high-rise homes in Tokyo

    Tokyo loves a makeover. In the past 100 years, Japan’s capital has gone from earthquake-ravaged ruin in 1923, to 1940s...

  12. The World

    July 10, 2014

    World's most expensive cities for expats

    For those expats bemoaning the cost of a burger in Geneva or rent in Tokyo, it could be worse. They could be living in...

  13. July 9, 2014

    Japan carmakers lead fuel cell drive

    For almost a year, engineer Kazuyoshi Matsuo has worked on Ariake – a characterless man-made island in Tokyo bay –...

  14. July 8, 2014

    Three cities on shortlist to host 2022 Winter Olympics

    Beijing, Oslo and Almaty have been shortlisted to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, the three remaining cities in a bidding...

  15. FT Photo Diary

    July 7, 2014

    Tokyo tuna tank

    Koji Sasahara/AP A visitor watches blue fin tunas in a 2,200-tonne tank at Tokyo Sea Life Park on Monday. ...

  16. July 3, 2014

    Japan to ease North Korean sanctions over historic abductions

    Japan has said it was ready to ease sanctions on North Korea, satisfied that Pyongyang was following through on a pledge to...

  17. July 1, 2014

    Japan defence proposals spark debate on constitutional reform

    Shinzo Abe’s plan to allow Japanese forces to defend allies have drawn fire from Beijing, which has accused Tokyo of...

  18. June 27, 2014

    Wall Street rebounds after mixed data

    Friday 21:00 BST. Wall Street indices staged a rebound late on Friday after a week that was marked by a week of mixed...

  19. June 26, 2014

    Tokyo and Pyongyang set for talks on abducted Japanese

    Japanese and North Korean officials plan to meet next week to discuss the return of a dozen of Japan’s citizens allegedly...

  20. June 25, 2014

    Antitrust fine tally on track to beat 2013 record

    Antitrust watchdogs around the world are on track to break last year’s record amount of cartel penalties in 2014. European...

  21. June 24, 2014

    Suntory poaches Lawson chairman Takeshi Niinami

    Suntory Holdings, the acquisitive Japanese drinks group, has poached Takeshi Niinami from convenience store operator Lawson...

  22. FT Alphaville

    June 17, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Tokyo shares bounced after Japan’s prime minister released a preliminary blueprint for his “third arrow” of...

  23. June 15, 2014

    Japan’s robot makers under threat

    You may not have heard of the companies that supplied them, but Japanese industrial robots probably helped to make some of...

  24. June 15, 2014

    Japan groups take a shine to JPX-Nikkei 400 index

    It is never nice, being on the wrong side of the velvet rope. So when Amada, a Japanese toolmaker, was left out of the first...

  25. June 13, 2014

    Sailing into the unknown

    The Fast Lane’s been covering an extraordinary amount of the globe over the past couple of weeks – at remarkably varying...

  26. June 13, 2014

    US stocks resume upward path

    Friday 21:00 BST. US stocks regained their upward momentum at the end of a week that saw equity bulls challenged by fresh...

  27. FT Photo Diary

    June 12, 2014

    Jintai-mokei man

    Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP An employee of Megahouse, a Japanese toymaker, with a puzzle of human parts and organs ‘Jintai-mokei’ at...

  28. June 12, 2014

    Mitsubishi seeks greater scale with Alstom bid

    On the first day of business for Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, a tie-up between two of Japan’s biggest engineering...

  29. June 12, 2014

    Wall St hit by Iraq worries and soft data

    Thursday 21:00 BST. A rising tide of risk aversion left equities under pressure and top-tier government bonds higher, as US...

  30. June 11, 2014

    Japan property revival catches foreign attention

    Sovereign wealth funds are swarming over Japanese property. Qatar has just bought a portfolio of bowling alleys, according...

  31. June 10, 2014

    Brussels charges ICAP over yen Libor cartels

    Brussels has charged ICAP with “facilitating” cartels to manipulate two Japanese currency-denominated benchmarks, a move the...

  32. FT Photo Diary

    June 9, 2014

    Food for thought

    Shizuo Kambayashi/AP A woman sketches in front of a closed restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. ...

  33. June 8, 2014

    Japanese drugmakers sit out global M&A party

    Japanese drugmakers have been conspicuous by their absence from the dealmaking bonanza sweeping the sector across Europe and...

  34. June 3, 2014

    Japan’s ‘misery index’ looks . . . well, miserable

    Fancy earning up to $800 a day? Get down to a Japanese construction site. Last year’s decision to award Tokyo the 2020...

  35. June 3, 2014

    QE and the Tokyo stock market (part two, banks and others)

    In my last blog I emphasised the importance of foreign investors for the Tokyo stock market, but suggested that their future...

  36. beyondbrics

    May 29, 2014

    Taxi apps go head to head with Jakarta gridlock

    From Uber to GrabTaxi, the leading car-for-hire apps are finally coming to Jakarta, where they will find congested roads and...

  37. Andrew Smithers

    May 28, 2014

    QE and the Japanese stock market (part one)

    As I pointed out at the start of this year, the US stock market was about 70 per cent overvalued but, I thought, more likely...

  38. May 27, 2014

    Japan’s Mitsui Fudosan launches $3.6bn share sale

    Japan’s second biggest property developer has announced plans to raise a record Y367bn ($3.6bn) by selling new shares, in a...

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