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    1. September 22, 2016

      Gideon Rachman at home with Japan’s ambassador in London

      Kensington Palace Gardens has a good claim to be the most exclusive road in Britain. It runs alongside the palace that...

    2. September 22, 2016

      BoJ’s overhaul of ¥6tn ETF buying risks roiling markets

      Tokyo trading floors are predicting a treacherous session on Friday as the Bank of Japan begins to roll back the most...

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    1. September 21, 2016

      BoJ launches new form of policy easing

      The Bank of Japan has launched a new kind of monetary easing as it set a cap on 10-year bond yields and vowed to...

    2. September 21, 2016

      BoJ experiment risks the worst of all worlds

      In the years after the 2008 financial crisis, as the US Federal Reserve battled to bring down unemployment, Ben...

    3. September 21, 2016

      Japan’s Dentsu aims to tackle overcharging revelations

      Japan’s most powerful advertising agency is holding emergency talks with more than 100 clients in an effort to minimise...

    4. September 20, 2016

      Five key questions ahead of Bank of Japan’s policy meeting

      The future of Haruhiko Kuroda’s programme of monetary easing will be on the line on Wednesday as the Bank of Japan...

    5. September 19, 2016

      Bank of Japan needs to make plans clear to allay investor doubt

      Another week starts, and markets begin yet another game of guess the central bank move. With both the Federal Reserve...

    6. September 14, 2016

      Japan opens door to temporary foreign workers

      Clerking in a convenience store is a rite of passage for many Japanese university students: the classic part-time job....

    7. September 13, 2016

      Japan in renewed push to legalise casinos

      A push by gambling groups to legalise casinos in Japan and create an industry worth an estimated $40bn a year will come...

    8. September 11, 2016

      Bank of Japan looks to clarify policy confusion

      The Bank of Japan has launched an unusual communications blitz to explain its “comprehensive assessment” of policy, but...

    9. September 11, 2016

      Godzilla takes on the technocrats . . . and loses

      After long silence in the depths, Godzilla has returned to Tokyo to pit pure reptilian destruction against the true...

    10. September 8, 2016

      Dealmakers salivate over Japan Inc succession survey

      Japan’s Ministry for Economy, Trade and Industry is to conduct an unprecedented survey of 2,500 listed companies to...

    11. September 6, 2016

      Japan Inc rethinks its longstanding bet on Britain

      Before June, Japanese companies barely had to think about where they should set up in Europe. The answer, in most...

    12. September 6, 2016

      Japanese insurer says Brexit has not changed view of UK

      The head of one of Japan’s biggest insurers said the Brexit vote had not dulled his company’s appetite to invest in...

    13. September 5, 2016

      Bank of Japan policy imprisons banks

      In the 1960s British television series The Prisoner, the hero — no matter how elaborate or seemingly successful his...

    14. September 5, 2016

      Brexiters incensed by PM’s rejection of immigration shake-up

      Theresa May was accused of “backsliding” by pro-Brexit campaigners after she ruled out a switch to a points-based...

    15. September 4, 2016

      Activist fund’s investment fuels Japan shipping M&A rumours

      The summer investment patterns of an enigmatic activist fund have sparked speculation that one of Japan’s biggest...

    16. September 2, 2016

      Robert Parker rankings brew rush for sake

      Sake breweries across rural Japan are facing an unprecedented deluge of orders after the world’s most powerful wine...

    17. September 1, 2016

      Japan’s megabanks join Saudi Aramco IPO scrum

      Japan’s three megabanks have joined the global tussle for a slice of Saudi Aramco’s expected $100bn initial public...

    18. August 31, 2016

      Panasonic to test ‘smart city’ living in Berlin

      Panasonic is taking expertise gained from working with Japan’s ageing population and bringing it to Germany, with a...

    19. August 31, 2016

      Nintendo sends mixed signals with warehouse deal

      A low-key, old-economy takeover deal threatens to sully Nintendo’s image as a company transformed by the global success...

    20. August 31, 2016

      Japanese stocks and the BoJ: a study in distortion

      From July 29, when the Bank of Japan said it would nearly double its annual purchases of exchange traded funds from...

    21. August 30, 2016

      Japan exhibitors warn of Olympics exodus

      The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games could cost Japanese small businesses $16bn in lost sales and permanently drive Asia’s...

    22. August 26, 2016

      Japan looks to boost trade with Africa

      For many years, the motorcycles on the streets of Dar es Salaam were almost exclusively Japanese. Now it is hard to...

    23. August 26, 2016

      Japan’s government pension fund hit by $52bn quarterly loss

      The world’s largest pension fund has partly blamed a $52bn quarterly investment loss on a rise in the yen following...

    24. August 21, 2016

      Yen strength weighs on Japanese retailers

      Department store holiday spending by visitors to Japan fell sharply in July under the weight of the persistent...

    25. August 15, 2016

      Japan taxi industry seeks to navigate new roads

      Six weeks after Toyota chief executive Akio Toyoda was accused of joining hands with “the enemy” in its investment in...

    26. August 11, 2016

      Why Japanese stocks may at last get some love

      The Japanese carry trade is taking on a whole new meaning for equity investors. For years, the yen revolved around...

    27. August 3, 2016

      SoftBank-Arm deal advisers paid up to £206m in fees

      Japan’s SoftBank and UK chip-designer Arm Holdings are set to pay their financial advisers and lenders up to £206m in...

    28. August 2, 2016

      Japan investors vote for better returns

      It should not have come as a surprise when Eizo Murakami, the chief executive of Japanese shipping company Kawasaki...

    29. July 29, 2016

      Sony bucks trend of Japan corporate losses

      Sony posted a surprise quarterly profit as other Japanese technology groups including Sharp and NEC reported losses on...

    30. July 29, 2016

      Japan pension fund loses $50bn

      The world’s largest pension fund lost more than $50bn last year as weakness in global stock markets weighed on Japan’s...

    31. July 28, 2016

      SoftBank’s Son reassures over Arm buyout

      Masayoshi Son, the chief executive of SoftBank, sought to allay investor concerns about his £24.3bn takeover of UK chip...

    32. July 28, 2016

      Japan claim threatens Tata steel and JLR assets

      Japan’s NTT DoCoMo has taken aim at Tata in Europe over an unpaid claim for $1.2bn, threatening to seize the Indian...

    33. July 26, 2016

      Japanese will not buy Shinzo Abe’s message on stock market greed

      With the swelter of August approaching, Japan’s stockbrokers are retreating to their air-conditioned offices. For most...

    34. July 25, 2016

      Nintendo hit after playing down Pokémon Go effect

      Investors wiped more than $6bn off Nintendo’s market value on Monday after the Kyoto-based game maker said the global...

    35. July 22, 2016

      Pokémon Go launches in Japan

      Shares in Nintendo surged on Friday as the Pokémon Go smartphone game launched in its home territory of Japan in time...

    36. July 20, 2016

      McDonald’s Japan: Pikachew

      Where golden McNuggets fail to draw diners, Pokémon may have the answer. McDonald’s Holdings Japan, whose 18-karat...

    37. July 20, 2016

      How Masayoshi Son brought Arm into SoftBank’s embrace

      The calm of Stuart Chambers’ sailing holiday off the Turkish coast was shattered earlier this month when Masayoshi Son...

    38. July 19, 2016

      Stock market gives SoftBank deal a thumbs down

      Investors in SoftBank have given an early thumbs down to its £24.3bn gamble on UK chip designer Arm Holdings, pushing...

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