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    1. May 2, 2016

      l embedThe curse of the salaryman

      The May editions of Salaryman and Enterprising Japan are cutting-edge commuter fodder: profiles of star CEOs jostle...

    2. May 2, 2016

      Japan Inc revises yen forecasts

      Tokyo stocks fell steeply on Monday as a slew of major exporters absorbed the shock of last week’s decision by the Bank...

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    1. April 28, 2016

      Yen surges but stocks fall as BoJ keeps status quo

      Thursday 21:30 BST. US stocks faltered in the New York afternoon having regained ground from opening losses tied to a...

    2. April 28, 2016

      Apple’s iPhone slowdown hurts Japanese supply chain

      The slowdown of iPhone sales at Apple rippled across the group’s supply chain, as the Japanese companies whose products...

    3. April 28, 2016

      Yen surges and stocks sink after Bank of Japan keeps policy on hold

      The yen surged by 3 per cent and equities slumped after the Bank of Japan dashed market hopes of stimulus despite data...

    4. April 24, 2016

      Practical guide to pitfalls of part-time work goes viral in Japan

      When a group of Japanese university professors compiled a practical guide to protect students from the clutches of...

    5. April 22, 2016

      Yen dives on talk of negative rates on loans

      The yen has tumbled by the most in eight weeks following reports the Bank of Japan may offer negative rates on some...

    6. April 21, 2016

      Mitsubishi admits falsifying car fuel performance data

      Trading in Mitsubishi Motors shares was suspended on Thursday after the indicative price fell by its daily limit under...

    7. April 20, 2016

      Mitsubishi affair: what you need to know

      Mitsubishi Motors has admitted manipulating fuel economy tests in Japan, in a development that leaves another dent in...

    8. April 13, 2016

      Japanese serve as early warning signal for US stocks

      It is said that George Soros possesses a sort of speculator’s “spidey sense”. When markets are poised to take a tumble,...

    9. April 13, 2016

      Former Abenomics backer warns on negative rates

      Negative interest rates are weakening Japan’s banks — which are vital for stimulating economic growth, the country’s...

    10. April 12, 2016

      Robust yen spooks investors and baffles BoJ

      In a recent episode of Japan’s best-watched daytime television show, celebrity guests were asked to admire a stack of...

    11. April 12, 2016

      Nomura to quit European equities research

      Nomura is cutting more than 500 of its European staff and abandoning most of its European equities business, the latest...

    12. April 11, 2016

      Yen strength is scary on many levels

      If the yen market were a scary movie, this is the point at which discordant music signals a growing danger. Everyone...

    13. April 1, 2016

      Japan Inc mood sours to worst in three years

      Business conditions in Japan’s manufacturing sector are at their worst since the early days of Abenomics in 2013 as a...

    14. March 30, 2016

      Foxconn seals $3.5bn Sharp takeover

      Sharp, a pioneer of the once-mighty Japanese electronics industry, has been taken over at a knockdown price by...

    15. March 30, 2016

      A chance for Shinzo Abe to scrap a self-defeating tax rise

      The biggest problem with Abenomics, as the “three arrows” stimulus launched in 2012 by Shinzo Abe, prime minister, is...

    16. March 30, 2016

      Foxconn looks to cut $2bn from deal for Sharp

      Foxconn and Sharp will both hold board meetings on Wednesday in an attempt to close a chaotic takeover deal after tough...

    17. March 29, 2016

      Japan’s negative rate bounty sparks calls for fresh spending

      Japan’s government has already locked in annual savings of Y80bn ($707m) thanks to negative interest rates as political...

    18. March 28, 2016

      Yamaha accelerates push to bring self-driving to motorbikes

      Yamaha Motor is aiming to bring self-driving technology to motorcycles by tapping into know-how from Silicon Valley, in...

    19. March 24, 2016

      Mitsui warns of first loss since 1947

      Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co has warned it will make its first annual loss since being established in its current...

    20. March 22, 2016

      China plays ball with its development lending

      When China announced in 2013 that it would create the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to lend to developing...

    21. March 21, 2016

      Japan’s funeral sector adapts as ‘peak death’ looms

      Japan’s Y2tn funeral business is undergoing a wholesale cultural transformation as the world’s third-biggest economy...

    22. March 16, 2016

      Japanese shares: spring back

      When costs fall, profits rise, all else being equal. Higher profits, all else being equal, support stock prices. It is...

    23. March 16, 2016

      Will Mrs Watanabe start looking overseas?

      After weeks of failing to convince clients that Tokyo stocks are fabulous value — even with the Bank of Japan’s...

    24. March 16, 2016

      Weak Japan wage demands deal blow to Abenomics

      Japanese companies have markedly slowed the pace of wage growth in one of the worst blows to hit the Abenomics stimulus...

    25. March 15, 2016

      Japan Inc: Heavy meddling

      At the height of its powers in the 1970s, Japan’s ministry of international trade and industry could turn spoons into...

    26. March 15, 2016

      Bank of Japan grapples with public confusion on negative rates

      The Bank of Japan downgraded its view of the economy but held interest rates at minus 0.1 per cent, as it wrestles with...

    27. March 14, 2016

      Donald Trump’s rise sparks alarm in Japan

      As polls open for US primaries in Ohio and Florida, the political elite in Tokyo is starting to confront a...

    28. March 8, 2016

      Japan banking unions drop pay rise demands amid negative rates

      Trade unions across Japan’s financial sector are abandoning their demands for wage rises this year in a sign that...

    29. March 8, 2016

      Japan data revision trims fourth-quarter GDP contraction

      Japan’s fourth-quarter economic growth was revised up by 0.3 percentage points on Tuesday to a still gloomy annualised...

    30. March 6, 2016

      Japan taxpayers foot $100bn bill for Fukushima disaster

      The Fukushima nuclear disaster has cost Japanese taxpayers almost $100bn despite government claims Tokyo Electric is...

    31. March 3, 2016

      Japanese monetary firepower misses the mark

      There is no easy way to translate the phrase “shoot yourself in the foot” into Japanese. That is a pity. Six months ago...

    32. March 1, 2016

      Spider man – Kazuhide Sekiyama, Spiber

      With its open spaces, young employees and stylish purple chairs, the office of Spiber has the look of a Silicon Valley...

    33. March 1, 2016

      Japan sells negative yield 10-year bonds for first time

      Japan crossed a “financial rubicon” on Tuesday as the country sold new 10-year bonds with a yield below zero for the...

    34. February 29, 2016

      Japanese banks: taking the positives

      Japan has 47 prefectures and 105 regional banks. Two banks per prefecture is one too many in a country where the...

    35. February 29, 2016

      The mystery of where Japan’s cash is going

      Shoppers at the Miura outlet of Cainz Home DIY are confronted at the door by a glaring red sign asking: “How solid is...

    36. February 29, 2016

      Cinnober wins Japan Exchange derivatives clearing deal

      Cinnober, a Swedish trading technology supplier,  has won the contract to upgrade Japan Exchange’s derivatives clearing...

    37. February 28, 2016

      Japan’s executives swap pens for pastels to nurture innovation

      It is a predicament for any chief executive. Your company’s revenues are shrinking at home while overseas expansion is...

    38. February 28, 2016

      Survival of Japanese money market funds in doubt

      Japan’s money market fund industry faces an unprecedented crisis that threatens its survival, according to Moody’s, the...

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