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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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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...
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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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,...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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,...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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,...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. April 18, 2014

    Initial impact of Japan sales tax rise muted

    An increase in Japan’s national sales tax may be doing less damage to the economy in its initial days than some had feared,...

  22. April 16, 2014

    Japan’s elderly curb effort to buoy stocks

    One neat way of capturing the “Abenomics” effect in Japan is to plot the growth in assets in Rakuten’s Triple Bull Fund...

  23. April 9, 2014

    Toyota suffers fresh reputational blow with 6.4m vehicle recall

    Toyota will recall 6.4m vehicles around the world after identifying multiple faults, raising further questions over the...

  24. April 1, 2014

    Japanese scientist accused of fabricating stem-cell research

    A Japanese research institute has concluded that one of its scientists fabricated evidence in a highly touted stem-cell...

  25. April 1, 2014

    Japanese retailers fear sharp business fall as sales tax rises

    Japanese retailers are forecasting an unexpectedly sharp deterioration in business conditions in the coming quarter, a...

  26. March 31, 2014

    Head of Japan bank lobby vows crackdown on organised crime

    The new head of Japan’s banking lobby has vowed to crack down on loans to organised crime groups, while admitting that there...

  27. March 28, 2014

    Japan equities: tax Topix

    Hold on to your Uniqlo parka jacket and stock up on Asics trainers: Japan’s consumption tax rise kicks in on Tuesday. If the...

  28. March 25, 2014

    Mizuho to offer $1.5bn ‘bail-in’ bond

    Mizuho Financial Group has become the first of Japan’s banks to sell a “bail-in” bond that would force losses on investors...

  29. March 24, 2014

    Japanese debt: Still climbing

    Last summer Takeshi Fujimaki ran for parliament on a platform of economic Armageddon. Japan’s debt was out of control, he...

  30. March 23, 2014

    Japan’s retailers play games with tax rise prices

    Japan’s revival under Shinzo Abe has pushed up inflation higher than base wages, so many people are feeling poorer. Is this...

  31. March 18, 2014

    Big Japanese cities emerge from land-price deflation

    Land prices in Japan’s three biggest cities rose last year for the first time since 2008, providing a boost to the...

  32. March 11, 2014

    Haircuts are dearer but Japan is not counting on end to deflation

    The Y1,000 haircut has long been a symbol of deflation-era Japan. Since the largest salon chain – QB House – opened its...

  33. March 9, 2014

    Weak yen flatters Japan Inc’s bumper profits

    Japan Inc doubled profits last year – the best performance since 2007 – but rather than selling more goods more profitably,...

  34. March 3, 2014

    Toyota Europe pulls ahead of rivals

    Geneva Motor Show Toyota Europe will this year post its best profits since the global financial crisis as the Japanese...

  35. February 28, 2014

    Cash remains king in Japan

    When it comes to the ways in which people pay for stuff, perhaps no country is as simultaneously futuristic and traditional...

  36. February 17, 2014

    Japan shows itself a better growth bet than emerging markets

    Most investors readily admit the global credit bubble is deflating, but they have not significantly altered core investments...

  37. February 15, 2014

    Abe keen to cut Japan corporate tax rate, says chief cabinet secretary

    TOKYO, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Prime minister Shinzo Abe is determined to cut Japan’s corporate tax rate, chief cabinet secretary...

  38. February 12, 2014

    Drop in Japan core machinery orders dents optimism

    Hopes that a revival in domestic business investment will inject fresh energy into Japan’s economy suffered a setback on...

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