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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. FT Photo Diary

      March 24, 2015

      Abe pays his respects

      Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows with Singapore’s ambassador to Japan Chin Siat Yoon and his wife Wang Lee Moi after...

    5. March 24, 2015

      China military parade poses dilemma for the west

      European leaders have been thrown into a diplomatic quandary by an invitation from China to a military parade marking the...

    6. FT Photo Diary

      March 23, 2015

      Cosplaying in Tokyo

      A cosplayer poses for a portrait at the cosplay area during the Anime Japan 2015 Expo in Tokyo, Japan. Cosplay (Costume...

    7. March 22, 2015

      Sydney seeks to become Asia finance hub with Barangaroo project

      The first of seven skyscrapers at the Barangaroo development on Sydney’s waterfront is almost complete, bringing a...

    8. March 19, 2015

      Asia meeting aims to calm tensions

      The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea will meet in Seoul this weekend for the first time in three years, in...

    9. March 17, 2015

      Nintendo’s shift into mobiles powers up shares

      Shares in Nintendo surged more than a fifth on Wednesday after the Japanese games console maker made its biggest move yet to...

    10. March 6, 2015

      Tokyo’s children could find their voice if noise ban is reformed

      By law they should be seen and not heard, but Tokyo children may soon find their voices as the city rethinks rules demanding...

    11. March 2, 2015

      US diplomat angers Seoul with comments on regional tension

      South Korean lawmakers have accused a top US diplomat of failing to understand their region’s history after she voiced...

    12. FT Photo Diary

      February 26, 2015

      Stripey crossing

      A man holding an umbrella crosses the street in a business district in Tokyo, Japan ...

    13. February 20, 2015

      Jon Jerde, architect, 1940-2015

      “For 1,000 years architecture has been in the service of the elite,” Jon Jerde told the Financial Times in 2001. “I feel...

    14. FT Photo Diary

      February 20, 2015

      Thomas the sidecar

      Sadao Kimbara rides on a Honda motorcycle with a sidecar he made out of an oil barrel as his grandson Rui smiles in the...

    15. FT Photo Diary

      February 12, 2015

      Reflections on cranes

      Construction cranes are reflected in mirrors at a company compound in Tokyo ...

    16. FT Photo Diary

      February 10, 2015

      Aquamarine valentine

      A diver feeds red heart-shaped squid meat (C) to rays at a feeding session ahead of Valentine’s Day at the Sunshine Aquarium...

    17. February 6, 2015

      Five of the best: Tokyo counter-top restaurants

      Sushi Sawada Sushi master Koji Sawada’s seven-seater Tokyo “sushi-ya”, hidden down a quiet Ginza alley, has become the...

    18. February 6, 2015

      Detroit hits the road to Silicon Valley

      They are often cast as the dinosaurs in the great disruption playing out across the motor industry. But established...

    19. FT Photo Diary

      February 6, 2015

      Crossing legislation

      People cross a street in Tokyo. Legislation that will be submitted during the parliamentary session that began Jan. 26, 2015...

    20. February 6, 2015

      Shrinking Tokyo living rooms put squeeze on Abenomics

      There is enough room to swing a cat in the living rooms at apartment complex Glorio Eifukucho, but the animal would be in...

    21. February 4, 2015

      ICAP to fight €14.9m Brussels fine

      ICAP is to fight a €14.9m fine imposed on it by European antitrust authorities for aiding a cartel in the yen swaps markets...

    22. February 4, 2015

      Mitsui & Co: trading places

      Japan’s trading houses are trading badly. On Wednesday, third-quarter earnings from Mitsui were less than half what analysts...

    23. FT Photo Diary

      February 4, 2015

      Dance of a geisha

      Toshisumi, a ‘Maiko,’ or apprentice geisha, performs a traditional dance during the opening ceremony of the ‘Kyo Aruki in...

    24. February 3, 2015

      Novartis faces suspension in Japan over drug trial allegations

      Novartis faces a temporary suspension of its business in Japan as punishment for alleged manipulation of clinical trial data...

    25. February 2, 2015

      Japan’s response to terror must not be isolation

      The murder of two Japanese nationals by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Isis, is the latest example of the...

    26. February 2, 2015

      US stocks shrug off global growth worries

      Monday 21:00 GMT. US stocks started the new month on a strong note as equity bulls shrugged off a fresh bout of global...

    27. January 30, 2015

      Japan equities climb 1% after mixed data

      Tokyo markets are climbing 1 per cent as investors digest a raft of mixed data released just before the opening bell. New...

    28. January 29, 2015

      It’s the season for a stronger yen

      It’s the end of the week and time for an important piece of US jobs data. No, not the non-farm payrolls report due on...

    29. January 24, 2015

      Japan condemns apparent Isis execution

      Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed outrage and called for the immediate release of a Japanese journalist held by...

    30. January 20, 2015

      Itochu/Citic Ltd/CP Group: three’s company

      What do you get when you cross three conglomerates? Answer: a bigger conglomerate. And no, that’s not funny. On Tuesday,...

    31. January 20, 2015

      Isis threatens to kill two Japanese hostages and demands $200m

      The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has threatened to kill two Japanese hostages unless it receives $200m within 72...

    32. FT Photo Diary

      January 14, 2015

      Crisscrossing Tokyo

      People walk across a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo.   ...

    33. January 11, 2015

      Masahiko Uotani, Shiseido CEO: from Coke to cosmetics

      An exchange of pleasantries is normal when a new chief executive is appointed. But when Masahiko Uotani was chosen to head...

    34. January 11, 2015

      Movers & shakers: January 12

      ING Investment Management has appointed Hiroshi Kimura (pictured) as chief executive of its business in Japan. Mr Kimura was...

    35. FT Photo Diary

      January 9, 2015

      Square jogging in Japan

      A man jogs in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Japan on Friday   ...

    36. January 9, 2015

      Novelist Haruki Murakami resurfaces

      When he is writing, Haruki Murakami gets up at 4am. He works for five or six hours straight. After lunch, he goes for a 10km...

    37. FT Photo Diary

      January 9, 2015

      Sparkling Swarovski motor

      A close up of a D.A.D. Mercedes-Benz decorated with more than 300,000 Swarovski crystals is seen on display at the Tokyo...

    38. FT Photo Diary

      January 6, 2015

      Fishy fashion in Tokyo

      A man sporting an octopus hat hands out promotional vouchers in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Outer Market, known as the Jogai Shijo, or ...

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