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    2. May 3, 2015

      US fast-food chains return to Japan amid McDonald’s backlash

      Rebuffed once in the 1980s, a number of US fast-food chains from Taco Bell to Carl’s Jr are flocking back to the land of...

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    1. April 30, 2015

      The west can look for answers in Japan’s lost decades

      Has Japan turned a corner? Three years after Shinzo Abe, prime minister, began deploying his three arrows of monetary...

    2. April 26, 2015

      US should back Japan but not at any price

      When Shinzo Abe begins his week-long tour of the US on Monday, Washington will treat him as a friend. As well as being...

    3. April 22, 2015

      Nikkei 225 passes 20,000 after 15-year wait

      Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed above 20,000 points on Wednesday for the first time since the days of the dotcom bubble, as...

    4. April 21, 2015

      Lixil serves up a new style of Japanese multinational

      What do you get when you take five proud but domestic Japanese companies, merge them, and then add four large foreign...

    5. April 20, 2015

      Japanese head of ADB plays down China-led rival AIIB

      The Japanese head of the Asian Development Bank has expressed scepticism about China’s move to establish a rival, saying the...

    6. April 12, 2015

      Japan’s regional banks feel impact of BoJ stimulus

      Monetary stimulus is forcing Japan’s regional banks to take risk on foreign debt and equity-like securities, the sector’s...

    7. April 9, 2015

      Uniqlo to boost prices as Japan battles deflation

      Once the face of deflation, Uniqlo, the low-cost clothing retailer, has now positioned itself at the forefront of Japan’s...

    8. April 8, 2015

      Japan needs a working hours overhaul

      We will send our products to the people of the world Our hard work and toil like the sound of water Gushing from the spring...

    9. April 5, 2015

      Monday interview: Christophe Weber, Takeda CEO

      When Christophe Weber became president of Takeda, Japan’s biggest drugs company, last year he must have wondered what he had...

    10. April 2, 2015

      Corporate Japan expects inflation to slip

      Inflation expectations among Japanese companies have weakened slightly, according to one of the Bank of Japan’s favourite...

    11. April 1, 2015

      Japan Post to boost dividend as it prepares to float

      Japan’s state-owned postal group is aiming for a dividend payout ratio of 50 per cent and additional acquisitions to expand...

    12. April 1, 2015

      Japan Inc reins in spending plans

      Japanese companies remain unwilling to boost spending in the year ahead despite the weaker yen, falling oil prices and...

    13. March 31, 2015

      Japan to tighten scrutiny of IPOs

      Japan’s main exchange operator is taking steps to restore confidence in the stock market after an investor outcry over a...

    14. March 31, 2015

      Hitachi chief looks beyond Japan to build global conglomerate

      Hiroaki Nakanishi, the chief executive of Hitachi, made his name as a turnround artist, setting the broader trend for...

    15. March 30, 2015

      Japan expected to join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

      Japan is likely to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank within a few months, according to the country’s ambassador...

    16. March 29, 2015

      Splits emerge between BOJ and Japan’s policy makers

      This article is published by the FT as part of a collaboration with Nikkei that started in 2013 to provide added insight to...

    17. March 29, 2015

      World watches Japan and waits for outcome of Abenomics experiment

      We live in an era of radical economic policy experiments. The US Federal Reserve has bought trillions of dollars in assets....

    18. March 29, 2015

      Corporate Japan turns gleaming eye to its cash hoard

      This article is published by the FT as part of a collaboration with Nikkei that started in 2013 to provide added insight to...

    19. March 27, 2015

      Fanuc parts the curtains on its secretive culture

      Yoshiharu Inaba, Fanuc’s chief executive, does not have enough hours in his day. Most of his time as head of the world’s...

    20. March 26, 2015

      Japan: Abe bids to end economic burden

      Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan, is presiding over the riskiest and arguably most important economic experiment on...

    21. March 23, 2015

      Yamaha’s third attempt at cars will be worth the detour

      “To become a bigger company, we need to try something new”, Yamaha Motor’s chief executive Hiroyuki Yanagi told the FT...

    22. March 16, 2015

      Hardly gung-ho but a better class of rally in Japan

      Japan’s Abenomics has gone through three distinct phases in the stock market. The first could be called a gung-ho rally,...

    23. March 16, 2015

      Seiko Epson turns page on losses

      For Minoru Usui, chief executive of the world’s third-biggest printer maker Seiko Epson, executing a turnround plan is...

    24. March 11, 2015

      Luck has bought time for Abenomics

      Is Abenomics a busted flush? To sceptics it must certainly look that way. Japan’s growth has faltered. A downward revision...

    25. March 11, 2015

      Brother Industries agrees to buy Domino Printing in £1bn deal

      A UK printing company that flourished by stamping expiry dates on perishable products such as eggs and yoghurts is set to be...

    26. March 9, 2015

      Japan economic growth revised down

      Japanese growth was worse — and better — than preliminary numbers suggested, with the annualised rate of 2.2 per cent being...

    27. March 4, 2015

      Interview: Haruno Yoshida, Japan business lobby’s first female executive

      Haruno Yoshida, the first female head of BT’s Japanese unit, has always been on the side of “leaning in” when big job...

    28. February 27, 2015

      Japan flirts with return to deflation

      Japan is flirting with a return to deflation after the annual pace of price increases fell to just 0.2 per cent in January,...

    29. February 24, 2015

      Hitachi snaps up Finmeccanica’s rail business in €809m deal

      Hitachi has swooped on Finmeccanica’s rail assets in a €809m cash deal that will strengthen its position in the transport...

    30. February 23, 2015

      Takanobu Ito to step down as Honda chief executive after 6 years

      Honda is replacing its chief executive after a string of quality lapses that have dented sales at Japan’s third-largest...

    31. February 22, 2015

      Robots are not going to steal your job, says Yaskawa chairman

      A robot will not be stealing your job any time soon. Take it from the chief executive of one of the world’s largest robotics...

    32. February 18, 2015

      Japan wages: Manufacturing consent

      Shunto, the annual “spring offensive” by Japan’s trade unions, used to strike terror into the hearts of corporate managers....

    33. February 18, 2015

      An activist raid forces new logic on Fanuc robot factory

      On a wall in Fanuc’s secretive research laboratory at the foot of Mount Fuji is a clock set to run 10-times faster than...

    34. February 12, 2015

      Fanuc put under uncomfortable spotlight by Daniel Loeb’s campaign

      Long hidden behind a veil of secrecy, Fanuc, the world’s biggest maker of factory robots, has been thrust into an...

    35. February 12, 2015

      Japan affirms pledge to raise consumption tax in 2017

      Japan’s public finances are in an “extremely severe” condition, Taro Aso, the finance minister, warned as he made his...

    36. February 6, 2015

      Suntory chief fixes focus on Beam integration

      It took three years before Suntory, the Japanese owner of US spirits maker Beam, finally wooed Takeshi Niinami into joining...

    37. February 3, 2015

      Profit proves fleeting for Japan’s Sharp

      Sharp, the struggling supplier to Apple, has warned that it will once again become loss-making as its smartphone display...

    38. January 27, 2015

      Japan Inc shuns seniority in favour of merit-based pay

      Japanese companies including Toyota, Hitachi and Panasonic are moving away from seniority-based pay scales, boosting Prime...

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