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      Japan boosts aid to ‘Mekong five’ nations

      Japan has pledged Y750bn ($6.1bn) in aid to the “Mekong five” nations over the next three years as Tokyo seeks fresh...

    2. July 3, 2015

      Tokyo designers push the boundaries of wooden skyscrapers

      Houses in Japan’s capital used to burn down so often that it was known as “the city of fires and fist-fights”. After Tokyo...

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    1. Investing in Japan 2012

      Inward investment: Japan’s skills and diligence prove their worth Architecture: Tokyo...
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    1. July 3, 2015

      Douglas Coupland: Trashed

      Ten years ago, a friend and I scoped out maps of the British Columbia coastline to find the best possible place to go...

    2. FT Photo Diary

      July 2, 2015

      Face off

      Figures made by 3D printers produced by Japanese animation company Bihou are displayed at the Advanced Content Technology...

    3. July 2, 2015

      Japan launches fresh cash and diplomacy push to woo Mekong states

      Japan is poised to launch a fresh push to bond tighter with a quintet of southeast Asian countries it sees as crucial to...

    4. FT Photo Diary

      July 1, 2015

      School walk

      An elementary school student walks past next to a rice paddy field in Kazo, north of Tokyo on Wednesday ...

    5. June 30, 2015

      Japanese politicians sweat in the city to pass Abe’s pet project

      Summer in Japan. First the air turns damp, then the rain pours, before June gives way to the sweaty heat of July and all of...

    6. June 25, 2015

      Tokyo told to send 1m elderly to provinces as ‘care crisis’ looms

      Many people dream of retiring to the countryside but the city of Tokyo has been told to help pensioners on their way by...

    7. June 23, 2015

      Samurai investors await payment by Greece

      As politicians in Brussels battle to salvage the Greek crisis, the most severe test of national resolve could come from...

    8. June 19, 2015

      Hedge fund bets against Japanese shares hit record levels

      Bets against Japanese share prices rising in the future reached a record level this week, challenging the euphoria over the...

    9. June 17, 2015

      Tokyo falls out of top 10 most expensive cities

      After holding the dubious title of the world’s most expensive city for expats for much of the past two decades, Tokyo no...

    10. June 16, 2015

      Toyota wins backing for new category of stock

      Toyota has won shareholder backing for a controversial new class of stock, in a vote that casts doubt on whether investor...

    11. FT Photo Diary

      June 15, 2015

      Sunset in Tokyo Bay

      People mingle on Odaiba beach as the sun sets over Tokyo Bay in Tokyo on Monday ...

    12. FT Photo Diary

      June 10, 2015

      Abstract windows

      A businessman stands behind a frosted glass window of a high-rise office in central Tokyo   ...

    13. FT Photo Diary

      June 5, 2015

      Shinzo meets with Kishu Plum representatives

      Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eats a pickled plum as he meets with Miss Plum Fuyuka Baba and Miss Plum Kozue Kimoto, who...

    14. June 3, 2015

      Japan squares up to China over Asian infrastructure

      A tussle is heating up between China and Japan to secure big-ticket infrastructure projects and assert their influence in...

    15. June 2, 2015

      Japanese currency pierces Y125 barrier as slide deepens

      The yen dipped below Y125 against the US dollar for the first time since 2002 on Tuesday, continuing a slide that has now...

    16. June 2, 2015

      Survey lays bare Japan-Korea antipathy

      The dire state of relations between east Asia’s two largest democracies has been laid bare by a new survey showing a...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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),...

    30. 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...

    31. 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....

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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