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      Okamoto condoms: objects of desire for Chinese tourists in Japan

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    2. August 30, 2015

      Japan’s ‘Donki’ rides inbound tourism surge

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    1. August 27, 2015

      China slowdown is latest threat to Abenomics

      As recently as 10 years ago, an economic slowdown in China would have caused barely a ripple in Japan. At that time,...

    2. August 24, 2015

      Airbus eyes legal action against Japanese defence ministry

      Airbus is eyeing legal action against Japan’s ministry of defence after losing out on a multibillion-dollar deal to...

    3. August 24, 2015

      Unfinished business in Japan — a view from the board

      Japan is a place where change takes time. When work first took me there in the 1980s, I came across the suggestion that...

    4. August 23, 2015

      Japanese smartphone supplier turns focus to cars

      As Apple and Google consider entering the automotive market, it is the niche technology of a little-known Japanese...

    5. August 19, 2015

      Japan’s beer drinkers to be tested by tax man

      This summer’s crop of TV beer advertisements from Japan’s big three brewers has not veered far from tradition:...

    6. 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...

    7. August 17, 2015

      Japan’s economy contracts in second quarter

      The Japanese economy shrank at an annualised rate of 1.6 per cent in the second quarter of 2015, in a blow to Prime...

    8. 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...

    9. August 13, 2015

      SoftBank boosts Sprint stake to underscore commitment

      SoftBank has spent $87m to buy additional shares in Sprint in another affirmation of founder Masayoshi Son’s commitment...

    10. August 4, 2015

      Weak yen helps Toyota to record quarterly profit

      Toyota, the Japanese carmaker, has eked out a record quarterly net profit as the weaker yen offset a slowdown in...

    11. August 4, 2015

      Volatile yen threat as Abe support wanes

      In mid-July, when Shinzo Abe commanded the organisers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to rip up plans for the $2bn national...

    12. August 3, 2015

      Suzuki hits a record as Loeb discloses stake

      Shares in Suzuki Motor sped to record highs on Monday after Daniel Loeb, the US activist investor, disclosed that his...

    13. July 29, 2015

      Toshiba accounting scandal claims ninth executive

      The $1.2bn accounting scandal at Toshiba claimed the job of a ninth executive and the Japanese company’s interim chief...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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