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    1. 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,...

    2. 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...

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    1. FT Photo Diary

      January 14, 2015

      Crisscrossing Tokyo

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

    2. 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...

    3. January 11, 2015

      Movers & shakers: January 12

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

    4. FT Photo Diary

      January 9, 2015

      Square jogging in Japan

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

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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 ...

    8. FT Photo Diary

      January 5, 2015

      Tokyo calligraphy contest

      Participants show off their work during a New Year’s calligraphy contest at the Budokan martial arts hall in Tokyo, Japan.   ...

    9. January 1, 2015

      Japan’s female truckers move into the driving seat

      Rumi Yoshida manoeuvres her 10-tonne lorry to a halt and leans back in her cabin after nine hours delivering food and drink...

    10. December 26, 2014

      US, Japan and South Korea to share intelligence on North Korea

      South Korea, the US and Japan will sign a trilateral intelligence-sharing agreement on Monday to better cope with North...

    11. December 24, 2014

      Abe sworn in as prime minister following election victory

      Shinzo Abe has been sworn in as Japan’s prime minister ten days on from the ruling party’s comfortable victory in a snap...

    12. FT Photo Diary

      December 23, 2014

      Emperor's birthday

      Well-wishers outside the Imperial Palace in Tokyo wave Japanese flags to celebrate Emperor Akihito’s 81st birthday ...

    13. December 22, 2014

      Sony to tighten control of US film unit

      As the consequences of a massive cyber attack on Sony’s US movie studio were unfolding, an eerie silence fell on the group’s...

    14. December 19, 2014

      Stocks regain poise after Fed reassures

      Global stocks were back on the front foot at the end of a week in which the Federal Reserve once again demonstrated its...

    15. December 18, 2014

      Global stocks bolstered by Fed ‘patience’

      Thursday 21:00 GMT. Equity bulls came out in force in the wake of the US Federal Reserve’s pledge to be “patient” on raising...

    16. FT Photo Diary

      December 17, 2014

      Festive fishing

      A diver wearing a Santa Claus costume feeds a sunfish to attract visitors at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in...

    17. December 16, 2014

      ABB and Hitachi form Japanese joint venture focused on energy

      ABB and Hitachi are to launch a joint venture to supply equipment for Japan’s energy grids, in a move that could be a...

    18. December 15, 2014

      Sony tells media to ignore hacked emails

      Sony Pictures Entertainment has warned media outlets they could face legal action if they report the contents of stolen...

    19. FT Photo Diary

      December 12, 2014

      Tokyo assignation

      A couple sits under a street lamp in a park near Christmas lights in central Tokyo on Friday ...

    20. December 8, 2014

      Sony PlayStation online store hacked

      Sony has been hit by another cyber attack after its online PlayStation store was inaccessible globally for more than two...

    21. December 7, 2014

      Japan’s start-up scene begins to gain traction after slow start

      Yusuke Mitsumoto had a good idea: a website for small businesses to create their own online stores instantly, without the...

    22. December 5, 2014

      Fallen star Yuko Obuchi aims to rise again in Japan’s election

      Taking off her shoes and standing on a beer box with tears welling in her eyes, Yuko Obuchi, Japan’s disgraced former trade...

    23. December 2, 2014

      Australia rules out open tender for A$20bn submarine fleet

      Japan is in pole position to win the A$20bn contract to replace Australia’s ageing submarine fleet, edging out European...

    24. December 1, 2014

      Commuters’ daily drudge is a problem for employers too

      Even by the exotic standards of train delay excuses, the reason for my commuter service’s late arrival one day last week was...

    25. December 1, 2014

      Xi Jinping tones down foreign policy rhetoric

      Chinese president Xi Jinping has struck a conciliatory note on foreign policy in a speech that comes after almost two years...

    26. November 25, 2014

      Tokyo SE drops longer opening plan on ‘strong resistance’

      The operator of the Tokyo Stock Exchange has shelved plans to extend the developed world’s shortest trading day, after...

    27. November 25, 2014

      BoJ members warned on costs of more easing

      Bank of Japan board members warned last month that the benefits of extra monetary easing were not worth the costs, just...

    28. November 23, 2014

      Japan’s sporting stars have major league form

      On November 20 1934, in Tokyo, a 17-year-old Eiji Sawamura pitched against a visiting US all-star baseball team. In a...

    29. FT Photo Diary

      November 19, 2014

      Questions on Japan's economy

      Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda answers questions on the country’s economy during a...

    30. November 19, 2014

      China and Russia in naval co-operation vow

      China and Russia have vowed to strengthen bilateral military co-operation and hold joint naval exercises to counter US...

    31. November 19, 2014

      BoJ governor quashes rebellion over easing programme

      Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan governor, has quashed a rebellion by board members opposed to last month’s extension of the...

    32. November 19, 2014

      Wall Street stalls after Fed minutes

      Wednesday 20:00 GMT. US stocks traded choppily and the dollar held steady after the release of relatively uneventful minutes...

    33. FT Alphaville

      November 17, 2014

      Honour roll, Japan GDP edition

      *cough* those atrocious #Japan GDP forecasts in full:CS: +3.4pcMS: +2.8BofA: +2.5Barc: +2.2JPM: +2BNP: +1.6actual: -1.6pc —...

    34. November 17, 2014

      Sales tax tips Japan back into recession

      Japan is poised for a snap election after its economy tipped into a technical recession, increasing the odds that prime...

    35. FT Photo Diary

      November 13, 2014

      Celebration of Guinness World Records Day

      Eugene Hoshiko/AP Competitors run on their arms and legs on a race course in a preliminary race during the Guinness World...

    36. November 13, 2014

      Oil’s dive set to transform LNG market

      The downward spiral in oil prices is poised to shake up liquefied natural gas, a critical source of energy in east Asia and...

    37. November 12, 2014

      Park under pressure to talk to Abe

      When Japan and South Korea played football in Seoul last year, something odd happened during the game. Instead of a Mexican...

    38. November 11, 2014

      Investors eye boost to Japan stocks returns

      Last month Mizuho Securities drew up what can only be described as a hit list. There are 44 public companies in Japan, the...

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