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    1. October 7, 2014

      McDonald’s Japan warns of loss after food safety scandal

      With sales crushed by a recent food safety scandal, McDonald’s Japan warned it expected to report an annual net loss of...

    2. October 3, 2014

      Japan launches effort to support SMEs hurt by yen’s fall

      The Japanese government has unveiled measures to support small businesses hurt by the recent plunge in the yen, amid fears...

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    1. Special Report: Investing in Japan 2013

      The government is stirring hopes that it will adopt bold measures to deregulate indust...
    2. Japan: Technology & Innovation

      Japan’s automotive companies are competing hard to remain technological frontrunners b...
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    1. October 1, 2014

      Japan’s bullet train celebrates its 50th birthday

      It was with a mix of wistful nostalgia and pride that Japan celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen bullet train....

    2. October 1, 2014

      Japan corporate confidence fades further

      Optimism has faded across all industries in Japan six months on from a tax increase that caused the sharpest contraction in...

    3. September 25, 2014

      Panasonic to bolster auto unit with $275m Ficosa stake

      Panasonic is poised to buy a stake in Spanish car parts maker Ficosa International for as much as $275m, in a move by the...

    4. September 25, 2014

      Asia corporate policing improves, says report

      Corporate policing in Asia has improved even as companies’ own governance has slowed, according to a study that names Japan...

    5. September 22, 2014

      Local banks on shortlist to buy Citi’s Japan unit

      Citigroup has drawn up a shortlist of four domestic lenders as potential buyers for its retail banking business in Japan,...

    6. September 12, 2014

      Japan’s Asahi newspaper sacks editor over Fukushima report errors

      Japan’s influential Asahi newspaper has sacked its executive editor in an effort to contain a controversy over its reporting...

    7. September 10, 2014

      Tokyo governor backs public fund management shift

      The governor of Tokyo has thrown his weight behind moves to manage public money more aggressively, urging that a portion of...

    8. September 10, 2014

      Japan is creating jobs but workers do not prosper

      Something odd is going on with Japan’s labour market. Unemployment is at 3.7 per cent. Recently, it has been as low as 3.5...

    9. September 5, 2014

      Japan aluminium can scrap prices hit 6-year high

      Prices in Japan – from stocks and real estate to Uniqlo jackets – are rising on the back of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s...

    10. August 28, 2014

      Abe must keep his project on track

      Is Abenomics failing? Recent data from Japan are mixed at best. The core inflation rate, stripped of fresh food prices, fell...

    11. August 19, 2014

      An indifferent time for Japan

      Remember when the whole world was mad about Japan? For much of last year there were few hotter themes on global macro desks....

    12. August 14, 2014

      Despite gloomy numbers the economy still has bounce

      It is perhaps a contradiction in terms, but it was an uplifting week for the Eeyores of economic commentary. Germany and...

    13. August 13, 2014

      The challenges facing Abenomics

      In December 2012 Shinzo Abe was returned to power in Japan, pledging to revive his country’s economy after a long period of...

    14. August 13, 2014

      Japan suffers worst economic contraction since tsunami of 2011

      Japan has suffered its worst economic contraction since the earthquake and tsunami more than three years ago, providing...

    15. August 12, 2014

      Q&A: Japan’s GDP and the sales tax shock

      Japan is poised to announce preliminary gross domestic product data for the second quarter on Wednesday. Economists expect...

    16. August 5, 2014

      Thai unrest knocks GM off course in Asean

      General Motors said it was “struggling” in southeast Asia as the recent political upheaval in Thailand knocked sales,...

    17. July 21, 2014

      Japan’s retail investors pile into US dollar funds

      Since former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke began to gesture towards an exit from ultra-easy monetary policy last...

    18. July 8, 2014

      Going it alone is no longer an option for Japan’s stagnant banks

      Yachiyo Bank of Tokyo is in many ways a typical Japanese regional lender. It has the slightly down-at-heel headquarters in...

    19. July 1, 2014

      Japan’s Tankan business survey falls after consumption tax rise

      Confidence among Japanese companies has dipped after of April’s consumption tax increase, marking the first drop since Prime...

    20. June 24, 2014

      Suntory poaches Lawson chairman Takeshi Niinami

      Suntory Holdings, the acquisitive Japanese drinks group, has poached Takeshi Niinami from convenience store operator Lawson...

    21. June 23, 2014

      Japanese carmakers add to recalls over faulty Takata airbags

      Japanese carmakers have expanded recalls begun last year on fresh fears of an airbag defect, taking the total number of cars...

    22. June 22, 2014

      Shareholder activism catches fire in Japan

      Shareholder activism is catching on in Japan. A record 14 shareholder proposals for higher returns will be made at annual...

    23. June 20, 2014

      Shareholders attack Takeda for hiring foreign executives

      A push by Japan’s biggest drugmaker to globalise has come under attack by more than 100 former executives and shareholders,...

    24. June 19, 2014

      Investors enticed as Japan tackles structural issues

      If Shinzo Abe were hoping for a rapturous reception to the third act of his grand plan to revive Japan, formally outlined on...

    25. June 12, 2014

      Siemens / Mitsubishi: tactical moves

      Napoleon may have balked at the idea of a French company surrendering to German advances, but as a master tactician he would...

    26. June 11, 2014

      Abe’s third arrow on economy quivers

      From Nato gatherings in Brussels to meetings of Asia-Pacific defence officials in Shanghai, Shinzo Abe has been an avid...

    27. June 9, 2014

      Japan’s companies loosen grip on cash

      As a rule, Japan Inc has long squirrelled cash away. Companies in the Topix 500, excluding financial stocks, were holding...

    28. June 4, 2014

      Japan’s Dai-ichi confirms $5.7bn Protective Life takeover

      Dai-ichi Life Insurance of Japan has confirmed the $5.7bn takeover of US-based Protective Life as it seeks to diversify away...

    29. May 28, 2014

      Japan corporate governance: bright spot

      Corporate governance is big – once more – in Japan. Over the next few weeks a group of Liberal Democratic party lawmakers,...

    30. May 26, 2014

      Sony: focus on the bad

      The boy who cried wolf said something bad would happen, and it did not. Sony says something good will happen, and then it...

    31. May 25, 2014

      Japan reformists face challenge over governance

      When Mizuho Financial Group confirmed it was moving to a western-style governance structure complete with an independent...

    32. May 18, 2014

      Takafumi Horie – return of Japan’s enfant terrible

      It is obvious that Takafumi Horie would rather not talk about the past. When conversation turns to the 21 months he spent in...

    33. May 14, 2014

      Japan’s banks sound note of caution

      Japan’s megabanks have sounded a note of caution amid the country’s “Abenomics”-led recovery, saying they expect combined...

    34. May 13, 2014

      Japan’s Mitsubishi Chemicals to take control of Taiyo Nippon

      Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings is to spend more than Y100bn ($978m) on increasing its stake in Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corp,...

    35. May 11, 2014

      Japan’s Fast Retailing eyes shopping spree

      Tadashi Yanai, founder of the Fast Retailing group, likes to shop. Japan’s Fast Retailing, which began life in 1984 selling...

    36. May 1, 2014

      Abe steps up his salesmanship on foreign odyssey

      Shinzo Abe’s harshest detractors call him a jingoist and a xenophobe, but if the Japanese prime minister dislikes foreigners...

    37. April 27, 2014

      Japan Inc: Topix of conversation

      Asked to name the best-performing sector in Japan’s broad Topix index over the past year, few would think of electronics. It...

    38. April 21, 2014

      Japan money lenders rise on rule-easing report

      Shares in Japan’s moneylenders leapt on Monday after the Nikkei newspaper reported that the government was set to ease...

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