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    1. 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...

    2. July 24, 2015

      A new future for the FT, without fear or favour

      Throughout its 127-year history, the Financial Times has occupied a special place in journalism, enjoying a precious...

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      The FT launches a global investigation into the mixture of innovation and focus that c...
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    1. July 24, 2015

      Nikkei promises to respect FT’s editorial independence

      The chairman of Nikkei Group has promised to respect the Financial Times’s editorial independence, and to expand its...

    2. 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...

    3. July 22, 2015

      Japan will gain from Toshiba’s humiliation

      Hisao Tanaka, Toshiba’s chief executive, gave a 15-second bow on Tuesday as he resigned over a $1.2bn accounting...

    4. July 21, 2015

      Toshiba’s once lauded culture became the cause of its problems

      For years, Toshiba, one of Japan’s best known consumer electronics brands, had been a poster child of the country’s...

    5. July 21, 2015

      Toshiba chief Hisao Tanaka resigns over $1.2bn accounting scandal

      Hisao Tanaka, chief executive of Toshiba, stepped down on Tuesday after an independent investigation found the company...

    6. July 20, 2015

      Mitsubishi Materials says sorry for using US POWs

      Mitsubishi Materials has made history by becoming the first leading Japanese company to make a formal apology for using...

    7. 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...

    8. July 20, 2015

      Lawson still sees big growth potential in Japan

      It can feel like there is a convenience store on every street corner in Japan, but according to the head of number two...

    9. July 16, 2015

      Accounting scandal set to shake up Toshiba

      Anonymous tips about Toshiba’s accounting to Japanese securities watchdogs have ignited a scandal that stretches back...

    10. July 14, 2015

      Chinese influx buoys Japan port city of Fukuoka

      With his departure time looming and a guide fretting to get back to the ship, Liang Nan has been left in a corner of...

    11. July 13, 2015

      Nintendo president Satoru Iwata dies of cancer

      Satoru Iwata, the 55-year-old chief executive of Nintendo who redefined video gaming with the launch of the Wii console...

    12. July 9, 2015

      Strong sales in Asia lifts profits at Fast Retailing

      Fast Retailing said on Thursday that a sharp rise in profits in the nine months to May had been buoyed by strong sales...

    13. July 9, 2015

      Abe seeks to turn debate back on to economy

      Shinzo Abe has claimed his Abenomics reforms are accelerating as he sought to reassure foreign investors who fear he...

    14. July 6, 2015

      Japan: Women in the workforce

      To Japanese mothers in search of enlightenment, Amazon.co.jp offers 138 different books on kyaraben — the intricate art...

    15. July 5, 2015

      European banks rush to issue samurai bonds

      European banks are rushing to issue yen-denominated bonds on the back of Japanese investor demand, as the Greek crisis...

    16. July 5, 2015

      Japan boosts aid to ‘Mekong five’ nations

      Japan has pledged Y750bn ($6.1bn) in aid to the “Mekong five” nations over the next three years as Tokyo seeks fresh...

    17. July 5, 2015

      Yamaha aims to unlock US and EU markets with agricultural drone

      Until Amazon secures regulatory approval to deliver parcels to our homes using drones, one of the hottest battlegrounds...

    18. July 2, 2015

      A veteran of the first smartwatch boom eyes the exit at Casio

      “I’ve never been satisfied with our business, not even once,” says Kazuo Kashio, one of the four brothers who founded...

    19. July 1, 2015

      Toyota executive Julie Hamp resigns after drug arrest

      Toyota Motor’s push for greater diversity suffered a setback on Wednesday when the Japanese carmaker announced the...

    20. July 1, 2015

      Tankan shows lift for Japanese business

      Business conditions in Japan strengthened during the second quarter as the Bank of Japan’s definitive Tankan survey...

    21. June 30, 2015

      Suzuki CEO names son as successor

      Osamu Suzuki, the 85-year-old chief executive of Suzuki Motor who has spent nearly four decades running the Japanese...

    22. June 30, 2015

      Japan Post kicks off TSE listing process

      Japan Post has applied for approval to float on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, formally opening a process that could see...

    23. June 30, 2015

      Sony to raise up to $3.6bn as growth engine revs up

      Sony has outlined plans to raise as much as Y440bn ($3.6bn) via a public share issuance — its first in more than a...

    24. June 29, 2015

      Lady Judge takes her governance campaign to Japan

      Having led governance efforts in the UK and the US, Lady Barbara Judge is taking her campaign to Lixil, the Japanese...

    25. June 28, 2015

      TPP progress in Japan shakes up sake and crackers

      Jumping shares of Japan’s sake brewers, refrigerated warehouse operators and producers of granola breakfast cereals can...

    26. June 28, 2015

      Board equality is a struggle for Japan’s ‘womenomics’

      Two years ago, Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, announced an ambitious plan to improve the gender balance among...

    27. June 26, 2015

      Sony chief Hirai re-elected after year of challenges

      Kazuo Hirai, Sony chief executive, won a solid vote of confidence in his turnround strategy, as shareholders looked...

    28. June 25, 2015

      Takata CEO apologises over airbag ruptures

      The reclusive chief executive of Takata issued his first personal apology for the faulty airbags that have led to one...

    29. June 25, 2015

      Japan does splits to woo Mrs Watanabe

      The Tokyo Stock Exchange is facing a surge of stock splits as the most expensive corners of corporate Japan entice...

    30. June 23, 2015

      Toyota’s latest model should be copied

      Change that is gradual, cumulative and consensual is often more durable than dramatic reforms imposed from above. Such...

    31. June 23, 2015

      Itochu ends $1bn US shale foray with $1 stake sale

      Japan’s Itochu has quietly ended its botched $1bn foray into shale oil in the US, dumping its 25 per cent stake in...

    32. June 23, 2015

      Takata close to pinning down airbag explosion cause

      Takata came under fierce criticism from US senators even as the Japanese airbag manufacturer insisted it was close to...

    33. June 22, 2015

      Japan’s AGM season set for lively new era

      On paper at least, the season of annual meetings for companies in Japan beckons as being the liveliest in history....

    34. June 22, 2015

      Japan karaoke rivals compete for silver yen

      Japan’s golden era of karaoke may have passed, but the companies supplying the technology for this quintessentially...

    35. June 14, 2015

      Japanese mega-banks step up search for foreign targets

      Japan’s three mega-banks are stepping up their search for foreign acquisitions as they come under intensifying pressure...

    36. June 11, 2015

      Japanese chat app Line hooks on to music streaming

      The Japanese messaging app Line has launched a music streaming service in a move that highlights the barely-tapped...

    37. June 10, 2015

      Toru Iwatani: Pac-Man and the real life of games design

      When the estimated size of the global games market in 2015 comes up in conversation, Toru Iwatani has to write the...

    38. June 9, 2015

      Japan and China enter era of vending machine diplomacy

      Japan and China may publicly snarl over disputed territory, naval brinkmanship and the interpretation of history, but...

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