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  1. FT Alphaville

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    Tokyo on Thames

    Older readers may remember the property boom which engulfed Tokyo from about 1986 to 1991. The apocryphal statistic was that...

  2. September 10, 2014

    Commodities send worrying signal

    Bulls of growth-focused assets may care to consider some signals from the commodity sector. Early on Wednesday, Brent crude...

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  1. September 10, 2014

    Majority in China expect war with Japan

    China and Japan are heading towards military conflict, according to a majority of Chinese surveyed on ties between the Asian...

  2. September 10, 2014

    Tokyo governor backs public fund management shift

    The governor of Tokyo has thrown his weight behind moves to manage public money more aggressively, urging that a portion of...

  3. September 9, 2014

    US economic recovery feeds yen bears

    When Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan governor, was last week invited to comment on the level of the yen, he bucked...

  4. September 9, 2014

    Stocks lower on Fed outlook fears

    Tuesday 21:00 BST. Global equity markets fell, while sovereign debt yields nudged higher, as investors questioned the...

  5. September 8, 2014

    Japan GDP revision raises further doubts on second sales tax rise

    April’s consumption tax rise dealt a heavier blow to Japan’s economy than initially reported, raising further questions over...

  6. September 4, 2014

    Bank of Japan strikes bearish note

    Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda has backed moves to repair state finances via a second increase in the country’s...

  7. September 3, 2014

    Japan prepares to tackle debt burden

    It was an odd sort of rallying cry. Just after Sadakazu Tanigaki’s appointment as secretary-general of Japan’s ruling...

  8. September 2, 2014

    India’s Narendra Modi chides China as he embraces Japan

    Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, has issued a thinly veiled attack on Chinese “expansionism” during a visit to Tokyo,...

  9. August 31, 2014

    Space travel’s slow pace

    In ‘Spaceports are unlikely to get off the ground’ last week, Jonathan Margolis regretfully set out why privatised space...

  10. August 28, 2014

    Crafty expats take the home brew to Japan

    Nestled next to an 80-year-old bamboo restaurant festooned with noren, the traditional Japanese fabric dividers, Campion Ale...

  11. beyondbrics

    August 28, 2014

    Kookmin gets off lightly in South Korea's latest banking scandal

    Investors should be extra careful about betting on South Korean banks, given the sector’s frequent internal strife and...

  12. FT Photo Diary

    August 22, 2014

    Volleyball grand final

    Yuya Shino/Reuters Fernanda Rodrigues of Brazil serves to her Belgium opponents during the FIVB Women’s Volleyball World...

  13. FT Photo Diary

    August 20, 2014

    Brazilian block

    Yuya Shino/Reuters Sheilla Castro De Paula Blassioli (L) and Thaisa Menezes (R) of Brazil jump to block the ball spiked by...

  14. FT Photo Diary

    August 19, 2014

    Night training

    Yuya Shino/Reuters Tracer bullets ricochet off their targets as JapaneseGround Self-Defence Force tanks fire their machine...

  15. August 19, 2014

    AirAsia has ‘no interest’ in Japan’s Skymark

    Tony Fernandes, founder and chief executive of AirAsia, has dismissed as “rubbish” a Japanese media report that his...

  16. August 18, 2014

    Investigators work to close the net in Mt Gox probe

    Six months on from the apparent theft at Mt Gox, once the world’s biggest Bitcoin exchange, the net could be beginning to...

  17. August 18, 2014

    Stocks advance as Ukraine worries ease

    Monday 21:00 BST. Global stocks started the week on a firm note amid easing concerns over the situation in Ukraine and a...

  18. Material World

    August 15, 2014

    Louis Vuitton temporary store at Dover Street Market

    Luxe leathers, tribal printed t-dresses meet corrugated, wooden changing cubicles and Japanese minimalism at the brand new...

  19. FT Photo Diary

    August 15, 2014

    Visiting the Yasukuni shrine

    Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg A man in navy uniform holds Japan’s rising sun flag at the Yasukuni shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday....

  20. FT Photo Diary

    August 7, 2014

    Sunflower smiles

    Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP A woman walks past a “smiling” sunflower in a field in Tokyo on Thursday, where about 20,000 sunflowers...

  21. August 4, 2014

    ‘Nikkei previews’ spur complaints of home advantage in Tokyo

    Lucky guesses, or something more? The quarterly results season in Japan, which reached its peak last week, has been notable...

  22. August 1, 2014

    ‘Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki’, by Haruki Murakami

    When Haruki Murakami’s new novel was published in Japan in April 2013, it sold more than 1m copies in seven days. The book’s...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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 –...

  38. 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...

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