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    1. May 26, 2015

      Japan Inc lowers expectations after bumper run

      After a bumper year of record profits, large multinational Japanese companies are starting to feel the pressure of the...

    2. May 20, 2015

      Japan GDP data suggests struggle for momentum

      Japan’s economy grew at an annualised pace of 2.4 per cent in the first quarter but mainly due to a huge build-up in...

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    1. May 19, 2015

      Rise in graduate jobs as Japan’s labour market tightens

      A near-record 96.7 per cent of Japan’s new university graduates have found jobs this year in a sign of the country’s...

    2. May 19, 2015

      Key questions in big week for Japan data

      Japan will get a progress report on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic stimulus in a big week for economic data, with the...

    3. May 18, 2015

      Obama’s Pacific trade deal will not tame China

      Why is Barack Obama so desperate to secure a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal? The long-winded official answer is that...

    4. May 18, 2015

      Japan Post to increase investment risk after listing

      Japan Post, the country’s largest bank and insurer, is in talks to shift more of its $1.7tn investment portfolio out of...

    5. May 17, 2015

      Private equity sees new era of opportunity in Japan

      They are grey-haired, ultraconservative and worry that their 45-year-old sons are not ready for leadership. Now, private...

    6. May 17, 2015

      Asian component makers take slice of Apple’s iPhone spoils

      As Apple basks in the unprecedented demand for its latest iPhones, suppliers from Tokyo to Taipei are sharing in the spoils....

    7. May 15, 2015

      Nikesh Arora: Tough player at SoftBank

      Sitting in a conference room seven years ago, Masayoshi Son was immediately drawn to the sharp-minded executive across the...

    8. May 15, 2015

      Toshiba widens accounting probe

      Toshiba has expanded its investigation of internal accounting irregularities to include Westinghouse Electric and all of its...

    9. May 15, 2015

      Sharp under fire over restructuring plan

      Sharp undertakes another restructuring Three years ago when Sony, Toshiba and Hitachi merged their struggling display...

    10. May 14, 2015

      Sharp warns on ability to stay afloat after $1.9bn loss

      Sharp undertakes another restructuring Sharp, a century-old stalwart of corporate Japan, has unveiled an annual loss of...

    11. May 11, 2015

      Abenomics is only a risk if it is allowed to fail

      Japan suffers from an ageing population, persistent deflation and knotty structural problems in its labour market and energy...

    12. May 11, 2015

      Sharp lines up measures to regain its edge

      Less than three years after its last bailout, Sharp is in deep trouble yet again. Shares in the Japanese panel maker fell...

    13. May 10, 2015

      Japan’s tax plan to bet on better growth

      Japan’s government is leaning towards a long-term fiscal plan that relies heavily on economic growth in a high-stakes bet on...

    14. May 3, 2015

      Republicans push Barack Obama to rally Democrats for TPP vote

      The top Republican lawmaker on trade has called for US President Barack Obama to work even harder to build support among...

    15. May 3, 2015

      US fast-food chains return to Japan amid McDonald’s backlash

      Rebuffed once in the 1980s, a number of US fast-food chains from Taco Bell to Carl’s Jr are flocking back to the land of...

    16. April 30, 2015

      The west can look for answers in Japan’s lost decades

      Has Japan turned a corner? Three years after Shinzo Abe, prime minister, began deploying his three arrows of monetary...

    17. April 26, 2015

      US should back Japan but not at any price

      When Shinzo Abe begins his week-long tour of the US on Monday, Washington will treat him as a friend. As well as being...

    18. April 22, 2015

      Nikkei 225 passes 20,000 after 15-year wait

      Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed above 20,000 points on Wednesday for the first time since the days of the dotcom bubble, as...

    19. April 21, 2015

      Lixil serves up a new style of Japanese multinational

      What do you get when you take five proud but domestic Japanese companies, merge them, and then add four large foreign...

    20. April 20, 2015

      Japanese head of ADB plays down China-led rival AIIB

      The Japanese head of the Asian Development Bank has expressed scepticism about China’s move to establish a rival, saying the...

    21. April 12, 2015

      Japan’s regional banks feel impact of BoJ stimulus

      Monetary stimulus is forcing Japan’s regional banks to take risk on foreign debt and equity-like securities, the sector’s...

    22. April 9, 2015

      Uniqlo to boost prices as Japan battles deflation

      Once the face of deflation, Uniqlo, the low-cost clothing retailer, has now positioned itself at the forefront of Japan’s...

    23. April 8, 2015

      Japan needs a working hours overhaul

      We will send our products to the people of the world Our hard work and toil like the sound of water Gushing from the spring...

    24. April 5, 2015

      Monday interview: Christophe Weber, Takeda CEO

      When Christophe Weber became president of Takeda, Japan’s biggest drugs company, last year he must have wondered what he had...

    25. April 2, 2015

      Corporate Japan expects inflation to slip

      Inflation expectations among Japanese companies have weakened slightly, according to one of the Bank of Japan’s favourite...

    26. April 1, 2015

      Japan Post to boost dividend as it prepares to float

      Japan’s state-owned postal group is aiming for a dividend payout ratio of 50 per cent and additional acquisitions to expand...

    27. April 1, 2015

      Japan Inc reins in spending plans

      Japanese companies remain unwilling to boost spending in the year ahead despite the weaker yen, falling oil prices and...

    28. March 31, 2015

      Japan to tighten scrutiny of IPOs

      Japan’s main exchange operator is taking steps to restore confidence in the stock market after an investor outcry over a...

    29. March 31, 2015

      Hitachi chief looks beyond Japan to build global conglomerate

      Hiroaki Nakanishi, the chief executive of Hitachi, made his name as a turnround artist, setting the broader trend for...

    30. March 30, 2015

      Japan expected to join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

      Japan is likely to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank within a few months, according to the country’s ambassador...

    31. March 29, 2015

      Splits emerge between BOJ and Japan’s policy makers

      This article is published by the FT as part of a collaboration with Nikkei that started in 2013 to provide added insight to...

    32. March 29, 2015

      World watches Japan and waits for outcome of Abenomics experiment

      We live in an era of radical economic policy experiments. The US Federal Reserve has bought trillions of dollars in assets....

    33. March 29, 2015

      Corporate Japan turns gleaming eye to its cash hoard

      This article is published by the FT as part of a collaboration with Nikkei that started in 2013 to provide added insight to...

    34. March 27, 2015

      Fanuc parts the curtains on its secretive culture

      Yoshiharu Inaba, Fanuc’s chief executive, does not have enough hours in his day. Most of his time as head of the world’s...

    35. March 26, 2015

      Japan: Abe bids to end economic burden

      Shinzo Abe, the prime minister of Japan, is presiding over the riskiest and arguably most important economic experiment on...

    36. March 23, 2015

      Yamaha’s third attempt at cars will be worth the detour

      “To become a bigger company, we need to try something new”, Yamaha Motor’s chief executive Hiroyuki Yanagi told the FT...

    37. March 16, 2015

      Hardly gung-ho but a better class of rally in Japan

      Japan’s Abenomics has gone through three distinct phases in the stock market. The first could be called a gung-ho rally,...

    38. March 16, 2015

      Seiko Epson turns page on losses

      For Minoru Usui, chief executive of the world’s third-biggest printer maker Seiko Epson, executing a turnround plan is...

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