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      10-year Japanese government bond yield falls below zero

      The universe of government bonds trading with negative yields climbed to a new peak of $6tn on Tuesday as Japan became...

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      Japan: alternating currency

      It looks like an epic fail. Despite the Bank of Japan cutting interest rates for new bank reserves into unprecedented...

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    1. February 8, 2016

      BoJ board members warn of global race to cut interest rates

      Members of the Bank of Japan’s interest-rate setting committee warned of a global race with other central banks to set...

    2. February 4, 2016

      Hon Hai ahead in race to acquire Sharp

      Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry has emerged as a surprise frontrunner in the takeover battle over Sharp that has...

    3. January 31, 2016

      Capital controls will not cure China’s ills

      In yet another sign of the strange times we live in, Japan is calling for China to impose controls to stem capital...

    4. January 29, 2016

      Japanese resignation plunges Abe government into confusion

      The resignation of Akira Amari, Japan’s economy minister, over bribery allegations, which he denies, has plunged Japan...

    5. January 28, 2016

      Blow for Shinzo Abe as Japan economy minister Akira Amari resigns

      Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has lost one of the chief architects of his unprecedented stimulus strategy after his...

    6. January 27, 2016

      Toyota keeps global sales crown but eyes alliances

      Toyota is exploring business partnerships to strengthen its position in emerging markets, even as the Japanese group...

    7. January 26, 2016

      Japan needs to make new governance rules work

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has put corporate governance at the centre of his drive to reform the economy,...

    8. January 26, 2016

      Protectionism at play in Sharp takeover drama

      For the first time in a long while, it looked like investors in Sharp had reason to cheer. Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision...

    9. January 25, 2016

      Leveraged ETFs too simple for their own good

      If an underlying aim of Abenomics was to encourage investors to take on more risk, there is at least one sector of the...

    10. January 24, 2016

      Pop stars go out of tune in corporate Japan

      After decades of relying on boybands to endorse everything from beer and cars to hair gel and DIY stores, corporate...

    11. January 22, 2016

      Oil contagion extends its reach

      What on earth? This week, world markets compounded their worst start to a year on record with a succession of dramatic...

    12. January 21, 2016

      Sharp is the target of $5.1bn bidding war

      Struggling electronics group Sharp has become the object of a bidding war between Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry...

    13. January 14, 2016

      Globalisation 2.0 — an optimistic outlook

      This is the text of a speech delivered by the editor of the Financial Times at the inaugural Nikkei-FT symposium in...

    14. January 14, 2016

      BTMU acquires 20% stake in Philippine bank

      The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Japan’s largest financial group, has unveiled plans to extend its advance across Asia...

    15. January 11, 2016

      Toyota pledges to stay in UK even if country takes Brexit

      Toyota will keep making cars at its plant in the English Midlands even if the UK votes to leave the European Union,...

    16. January 11, 2016

      Japan seeks submarine sale to Australia in first big weapons export in 70 years

      As US navy ships, spy planes and satellites monitor Chinese activity in the South China Sea, officials in Washington...

    17. January 11, 2016

      Larry Summers: ‘An isolated Japan will fall further behind’

      Larry Summers, formerly US Treasury secretary, chief economic adviser to President Obama and president of Harvard, is...

    18. January 11, 2016

      Economists question Japan’s reputation as a ‘bad investor’

      Japan’s reputation as a bad investor — earning much less than it should on a vast foreign portfolio — is wrong,...

    19. January 11, 2016

      Are Japanese robots losing their edge to Silicon Valley?

      When robots were called into service at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant after the 2011 tsunami, they were not...

    20. January 11, 2016

      Tokyo takes on Beijing in Africa, claiming quality over speed

      The eight-lane motorway stretching north for 45km from the heart of Nairobi to the industrial town of Thika was hailed...

    21. January 11, 2016

      Editors’ note: the Nikkei and the FT take a closer look at Japan’s Globalisation 2.0

      Lionel Barber, FT editor For more than a century, the Financial Times and Nikkei have acted as trusted chroniclers of...

    22. January 11, 2016

      Japan M&A acquirers take the long view

      When Toshiba said it would pay $5.4bn for US nuclear group Westinghouse in 2006, many M&A bankers winced. The...

    23. January 11, 2016

      Japan business leaders urge real globalisation

      In the early 1990s, Japan seemed to be everywhere. Its car and electronics brands were worldwide household names....

    24. January 11, 2016

      Corporate Japan struggles to promote women workers

      For those hoping to empower Japan’s women and unleash the economic might of the country’s “silent asset”, the term...

    25. January 11, 2016

      Chinese shadow banking scandal blights Lixil’s international expansion strategy

      The letter from the Chinese bank arrived on April 15, 2015, only two weeks after Lixil, the Japanese building materials...

    26. January 7, 2016

      Rationing hits Japan’s nappy trade as Chinese demand soars

      With the shops in Tokyo’s Ginza district preparing to close for the day, and the tour guide begging they return to the...

    27. January 4, 2016

      Japan Inc: new year, old habits

      In Japan, ailing companies die as hard as old habits. On Monday, shares in Japanese airbag maker Takata jumped as much...

    28. January 3, 2016

      Mitsui on the prowl for distressed oil assets

      Mitsui, Japan’s second-biggest trading house by market value, is stepping up efforts to scoop up distressed oil assets,...

    29. December 29, 2015

      Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries taking aim at foreign deals

      Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan’s biggest arms producer, is taking aim at more deals to sell its weapons abroad,...

    30. December 28, 2015

      Bright idea pioneer shining a light on innovation in Japan

      From the instant the prototype blue light-emitting diode gleamed into life more than two decades ago, Shuji Nakamura...

    31. December 28, 2015

      Sharp shares rally after interest from Foxconn founder

      Sharp’s share price jumped 7 per cent in Tokyo on Monday after the chief executive of Foxconn said he could turn the...

    32. December 22, 2015

      EY’s Japanese unit reprimanded by regulator over Toshiba audits

      The head of EY’s Japanese arm will step down next month after the firm was accused by regulators of failing to spot...

    33. December 18, 2015

      BoJ stimulus boost widens global policy divergence

      The Bank of Japan has triggered a day of confusion in financial markets with an unexpected change in policy which it...

    34. December 17, 2015

      Renault-Nissan pact in limbo amid renewed tensions

      After Nissan and its alliance partner Renault last week ended their eight-month feud with the French government through...

    35. December 16, 2015

      Emerging markets slowdown to keep lid on Toyota sales

      Toyota is projecting that a slowdown in emerging markets will keep a lid on sales next year even as the Japanese group...

    36. December 15, 2015

      Investors should look carefully at Japan

      The Japanese stock market is virtually the only market in the developed world that has performed solidly this year, up...

    37. December 14, 2015

      Japan Tankan survey eases pressure on BoJ to change policy

      The Bank of Japan is unlikely to change monetary policy in the next few months after its quarterly Tankan survey of...

    38. December 14, 2015

      Too much ‘medicine’ could make the finance system sicker

      Some say Japan was ahead of its time: the first developed economy to enter secular stagnation after a credit crunch,...

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