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    1. August 31, 2015

      Tokyo’s Hotel Okura discreetly closes its doors for the last time

      Even with the end in sight, its future measured in minutes and its lobby swarming with nostalgia junkies, the noise...

    2. August 31, 2015

      Okamoto condoms: objects of desire for Chinese tourists in Japan

      Okamoto Industries’ headquarters are in a disheveled grey building on a Tokyo backstreet. A poster from a...

    3. August 30, 2015

      Peace protests grow in Japan contrast with Chinese militarism

      Tens of thousands of peace protesters thronged the streets of central Tokyo on Sunday, in the largest demonstrations...

    4. August 30, 2015

      Japan’s ‘Donki’ rides inbound tourism surge

      When Takao Yasuda, the maverick founder of Japanese discount retailer Don Quijote, retired at the end of June, he could...

    5. August 26, 2015

      Women-only carriages: the global view

      Jeremy Corbyn, the most left-wing of the four candidates to lead the UK’s opposition Labour party, has said he is...

    6. August 23, 2015

      Japan protests after Russia PM visits disputed islands

      Japan has protested bitterly after Russia’s prime minister visited a disputed island in a row that threatens improved...

    7. August 20, 2015

      Mt Gox founder Mark Karpelès faces rearrest in bitcoin probe

      Japanese police investigating the disappearance of nearly $500m of bitcoins are poised to rearrest the French founder...

    8. August 17, 2015

      Japan: A pacifist’s plan to arm the world

      By 8.45am on February 19, 1942, almost 50 Japanese fighters and bombers had been launched from the deck of the Soryu...

    9. August 17, 2015

      Lotte feud renews spotlight on chaebol risk

      As South Korea marks the 70th anniversary of liberation from a bitterly remembered occupation by Japan, the...

    10. August 16, 2015

      Asia should focus more on the future than the past

      In Europe, the more time that passes from the terrible events of the second world war, the more the rancour diminishes...

    11. August 15, 2015

      Emperor Akihito expresses remorse for Japan’s wartime actions

      Emperor Akihito has expressed “deep remorse” for Japan’s wartime actions, marking the 70th anniversary of the end of...

    12. August 6, 2015

      Japan’s stand-up steakhouses build a loyalty that can be weighed

      There is no doubt whatsoever that Kunio Ichinose loves steak. Part chef, part chief executive, he pops up regularly on...

    13. FT Photo Diary

      August 5, 2015

      Candles for Florence

      Students of nursing schools hold candles during a candlelight ceremony before starting the awarding ceremony for the...

    14. August 5, 2015

      Skymark creditors vote for ANA lifeline

      Delta Air Lines has lost an opportunity to win access to lucrative landing slots in Tokyo after Japanese carrier ANA...

    15. August 3, 2015

      Café Kai, JP Tower Kitte, Tokyo

      Where JP Tower Kitte B1, 2-7-2, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku Plug sockets/WiFi Yes Espresso Y550 ($4.40) Open 7am-11pm (Sat...

    16. August 2, 2015

      Japanese police hope to shed light on bitcoin exchange’s collapse

      On Sunday afternoon, in a central Tokyo detention centre, Japanese police began questioning Mark Karpelès, founder and...

    17. August 1, 2015

      Former Mt Gox chief Mark Karpelès arrested in Japan

      Japanese police have arrested Mark Karpelès, the head of the bankrupt Japan-based bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, who is...

    18. July 30, 2015

      Nintendo: get splatting

      Critics of Nintendo’s console business have clearly not played Splatoon. The Japanese games maker’s virtual paintball...

    19. July 29, 2015

      BoJ edges towards new inflation measure

      The Bank of Japan is nowhere near the 2 per cent target for inflation it set in April 2013, when governor Haruhiko...

    20. July 28, 2015

      Japan Olympic stadium row claims senior resignation

      The embittered political battle raging around Tokyo’s preparations for the 2020 Olympic Games intensified on Tuesday...

    21. July 27, 2015

      FT and Nikkei differences need not cause a clash

      Old Tokyo correspondents such as myself think of Japan as the country that abolished news, as a place of processes and...

    22. July 27, 2015

      Jury deliberates verdict in landmark Libor manipulation trial

      A jury in London has begun deliberating on whether Tom Hayes, the first person to go on trial accused of rigging rates,...

    23. July 23, 2015

      Japan receives more tourists than it sends abroad

      A weaker yen, a boom in cruise holidays and a surge of Chinese shopaholics have pushed Japan across a historic...

    24. July 22, 2015

      Outflows hit Aviva property funds

      Aviva Investors has suspended redemptions from its Asia Pacific Property fund and investors may face a wait of one to...

    25. FT Photo Diary

      July 20, 2015

      Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium

      A baby bottlenose dolphin swims beside his mother at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise aquarium in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo....

    26. July 20, 2015

      Notorious activist investor storms back to Tokyo market

      Yoshiaki Murakami, once convicted of insider trading and Japan’s most notorious shareholder activist, has stormed back...

    27. July 17, 2015

      Postcard from . . . Fukushima

      Telling someone you’re planning a weekend break in Fukushima these days can elicit an interesting response. Two hundred...

    28. FT Photo Diary

      July 17, 2015

      Surveying in Tokyo

      A worker conducts surveying at the construction site of Japan’s new National Stadium in Tokyo. Japan’s new National...

    29. July 17, 2015

      Is this the solution to Japan’s glut of empty homes?

      It was once a treasured family home, but by the time Katsutoshi Arai bought it the house was empty — a rubbish-strewn,...

    30. July 17, 2015

      Japan scraps $2bn Tokyo Olympic stadium designed by Zaha Hadid

      Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has waded into the battle over the ballooning cost of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics, axing...

    31. FT Photo Diary

      July 15, 2015

      Banking on Japan

      Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda touches his face during a news conference at the BOJ headquarters in...

    32. July 15, 2015

      Delta offers to invest in bankrupt Skymark

      Delta Air Lines is offering to invest in bankrupt Skymark Airlines to aid its turnround, intensifying a battle over...

    33. July 14, 2015

      Japan’s Horiba snaps up UK auto testing group Mira

      A Tokyo-listed industrial group has swooped on Mira, the British automotive company that is steeped in motoring history...

    34. July 14, 2015

      Skyscanner and Yahoo Japan aim to fly higher with joint venture

      Skyscanner and Yahoo Japan are launching a joint venture aimed at cracking the Japanese online travel sector. The pair...

    35. July 9, 2015

      Yen rally fuelled by fears of China turmoil spilling over

      When Shanghai stocks rallied nervously on Thursday, the relief in Tokyo was palpable. At least for the rest of the...

    36. July 8, 2015

      Former Toyota executive freed without charge

      Julie Hamp, the former Toyota executive arrested on suspicion of illegally importing a prescription drug, was released...

    37. July 7, 2015

      Former Toyota executive could be freed without charges

      Julie Hamp, the former Toyota executive arrested three weeks ago on suspicion of illegally importing a prescription...

    38. July 5, 2015

      Greek No vote hits early euro trading

      The euro fell in early Asian trading on Monday after Greek voters in the previous day’s referendum backed the...

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