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    1. FT Photo Diary

      May 29, 2015

      Crossing the road

      Pedestrians walk cross a crossway in Tokyo, Japan. Japan’s job availability improved in April to its best level in about 23...

    2. May 29, 2015

      Japanese unemployment rate at lowest level since the late 1990s

      Job vacancies in Japan are at their highest in 23 years, while the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since the late...

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    1. Investing in Japan 2012

      Inward investment: Japan’s skills and diligence prove their worth Architecture: Tokyo...
    2. Japan

      This section, jointly produced with Nikkei, asks if success in reigniting growth and d...
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    1. May 28, 2015

      Goldman Sachs tried to poach Libor fraud ‘ringleader’, court told

      Goldman Sachs tried to lure Tom Hayes, now on trial accused of rigging the London interbank offered rate (Libor), away from...

    2. FT Photo Diary

      May 28, 2015

      Eye on the stock market

      A pedestrian walks past an electronic board showing the graph of the recent fluctuations of the Japan’s Nikkei average...

    3. May 28, 2015

      Tokyo stocks complete 10-day win streak

      Japanese stocks completed a tenth straight day of gains on Thursday, reprising a performance not seen since the 1980s equity...

    4. May 26, 2015

      Yen sell-off backed by funds’ bond sales

      A strong rebound for the dollar drove Japan’s yen beyond Y123 — its weakest mark against the US currency since before the...

    5. May 20, 2015

      Currency traders seek clear signal for a weaker yen

      On Wednesday afternoon in Tokyo, the chief currency analyst at one of Japan’s biggest investment banks was winding up his...

    6. MBA blog

      May 20, 2015

      Travel can make you a better leader

      Good news for globetrotting MBAs: travel can make you a better leader. A recent article I read espoused the benefits of...

    7. May 19, 2015

      Key questions in big week for Japan data

      Japan will get a progress report on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic stimulus in a big week for economic data, with the...

    8. FT Photo Diary

      May 18, 2015

      Tokyo crossing

      Pedestrians cross a big scramble crossway in Tokyo on Monday. Consumer prices in Japan rose 2.2 per cent in March from a...

    9. May 17, 2015

      Osaka’s residents reject plans to turn city into ‘metropolis’

      The people of Osaka have narrowly rejected a plan to abolish their municipality in a vote that highlighted the dilemma of...

    10. May 15, 2015

      Osaka to vote on metropolis status in bid to compete with Tokyo

      The dilemma of the world’s second cities will be acted out in Japan on Sunday as Osaka’s citizens vote on abolishing their...

    11. May 4, 2015

      Tokyo has potential to retake centre stage

      Poor Tokyo. Just as Japan produces a stock market story that is neither about the weak yen (2013) or tax hike woes (2014),...

    12. May 3, 2015

      US fast-food chains return to Japan amid McDonald’s backlash

      Rebuffed once in the 1980s, a number of US fast-food chains from Taco Bell to Carl’s Jr are flocking back to the land of...

    13. FT Photo Diary

      April 28, 2015

      Chichibu bloom

      Visitors stroll in the Hitsujiyama Park covered with moss phlox in full bloom in Chichibu, suburban Tokyo on Tuesday....

    14. April 27, 2015

      Shares sink after US DoJ scuppers $30bn semiconductor merger

      Shares in Japan’s Tokyo Electron fell by 13 per cent on Tuesday morning, the biggest intraday drop in six years, after US...

    15. April 26, 2015

      Japan’s authorities move to impose tougher building standards

      Four years after the devastating Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, governments, insurers, real estate owners and developers are...

    16. The World

      April 26, 2015

      Abe's date with history in Washington

      By Richard McGregor Shinzo Abe’s visit to the US this week is by any measure a significant moment. Japan’s prime minister...

    17. April 22, 2015

      An unsinkable Pacific alliance

      If the Americans and Japanese went in for that kind of thing they might describe themselves as being as close as lips and...

    18. FT Photo Diary

      April 21, 2015

      Kiyoharai at the Yasukuni

      Shinto priests walk out from a gate after they administered a Shinto rite, “Kiyoharai”, on the first day of the three-day...

    19. April 19, 2015

      MtGox ‘lost coins’ long before collapse

      MtGox, once the world’s most popular venue for trading and storing bitcoin, was in effect insolvent long before it...

    20. FT Photo Diary

      April 17, 2015

      World team trophy in Tokyo

      Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada compete during the pairs short program at the ISU World Team Trophy in Figure...

    21. FT Photo Diary

      April 16, 2015

      Gold performance

      Gracie Gold of the US competes during the ladies’ short programme at the ISU World Team Trophy in figure skating in Tokyo on...

    22. April 16, 2015

      Crisis-hit Sony studio sends for rewrite

      Sony management structure Five months after Sony Pictures Entertainment was paralysed by the worst cyber attack yet against...

    23. FT Alphaville

      April 14, 2015

      Outsource your dating to India

      Deutsche are back with their cheap date index. And some other price comparisons, of course: We recomputed our three indices:...

    24. April 9, 2015

      US warns of ‘increasingly unbalanced’ global economy

      The US Treasury has stepped up calls for big economies, including the euro area and Japan, to boost demand as it warned the...

    25. FT Photo Diary

      April 8, 2015

      An underground water tank

      A general view inside the enormous pressure-adjusting underground water tank at the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground...

    26. FT Photo Diary

      April 8, 2015

      Flying the flag

      A flight crew member attaches a Japanese national flag on the airplane for Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko’s special...

    27. April 5, 2015

      Monday interview: Christophe Weber, Takeda CEO

      When Christophe Weber became president of Takeda, Japan’s biggest drugs company, last year he must have wondered what he had...

    28. April 3, 2015

      Travel updates: Manchester, Tokyo, France, the south Atlantic

      Manchester The Edwin Lutyens-designed Midland Bank building on King Street has been given a new lease of life as a luxury...

    29. April 3, 2015

      Tokyo’s Shibuya goes it alone with gay partner certificates

      When Tokyo’s Shibuya ward breaks a conservative taboo this summer, and issues Japan’s first partnership documents to gay...

    30. March 31, 2015

      Japan to tighten scrutiny of IPOs

      Japan’s main exchange operator is taking steps to restore confidence in the stock market after an investor outcry over a...

    31. March 31, 2015

      Construction on the high seas adds to Asian maritime tensions

      Nation-building has come to Asia’s seas — literally — as China and Japan, already embroiled in territorial disputes over...

    32. FT Photo Diary

      March 31, 2015

      Tokyo in bloom

      A man takes a photograph of a cherry tree in blossom, in Tokyo, Japan ...

    33. March 30, 2015

      Japan expected to join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

      Japan is likely to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank within a few months, according to the country’s ambassador...

    34. March 29, 2015

      Olympic task to reinvent Tokyo’s heart

      The 1964 Olympics transformed Tokyo into a vibrant, modern city, setting off an incredible era of postwar economic growth....

    35. March 29, 2015

      Activist hedge fund turns focus on Japan’s Kyocera and Canon

      The hedge fund that encouraged Japanese games console maker Nintendo into allowing its heroes on to smartphones is building...

    36. March 27, 2015

      Japan nears deflation as core CPI hits zero

      Collapsing oil prices and subdued demand have again thrown Japan to the brink of deflation, despite the world’s biggest...

    37. FT Photo Diary

      March 25, 2015

      Holding the line

      Members of Japan’s Self-Defence Force’s honour guard prepare for a ceremony for U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, chairman...

    38. March 25, 2015

      China’s tourists head for Japan, S Korea and Russia

      China’s masses of globetrotting tourists are changing their habits amid currency shifts, evolving fashions and upheavals in...

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