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    1. July 29, 2016

      Bank of Japan plays for time with weak stimulus

      The Bank of Japan said it would double its annual purchases of equity funds to ¥6tn as it launched a modest additional...

    2. 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...

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    1. July 27, 2016

      Kuroda set to dash hopes of ‘helicopter money’ for Japan’s economy

      Haruhiko Kuroda is set to dash market hopes for ”helicopter money” on Friday but there is a high chance the Bank of...

    2. July 26, 2016

      The Fed and BoJ return to familiar questions

      As the impact of the Brexit shock on the rest of the world fades, central banks outside Europe can return to focusing...

    3. July 26, 2016

      Yen rallies on worries over stimulus package

      The yen clocked its sharpest one-day gain against the dollar since the day after the Brexit vote, as doubts grow that...

    4. July 11, 2016

      Japan polls open the way to constitutional change

      Shinzo Abe’s decisive victory in elections to Japan’s upper house makes him something of a rarity in today’s...

    5. July 11, 2016

      Yen surge dilemma over Japan’s prized wood

      A post-Brexit surge in the yen has intensified a dilemma hanging over millions of hectares of prized Japanese forest —...

    6. July 8, 2016

      Abe within reach of crucial supermajority

      Shinzo Abe is within reach of a parliamentary supermajority that would let him realise his dream of revising Japan’s...

    7. June 30, 2016

      Japan’s salarymen have little cash to play with

      After more than three years of growth policies, a $2.5tn quantitative easing programme and an all-out campaign to...

    8. June 24, 2016

      Japan bourse takes market lessons to school children

      After decades of largely fruitless efforts to persuade Japanese to switch more of their abundant bank deposits into...

    9. June 20, 2016

      IMF urges Japan to ‘reload’ Abenomics

      Japan must redouble economic stimulus or admit that it will take years to reach inflation of 2 per cent, the...

    10. June 15, 2016

      Japan’s foreign aid agency to slow lending after $20bn splurge

      Japan’s foreign aid agency must slow its pace of lending, its chief has said, after a $20bn financing splurge last year...

    11. June 14, 2016

      Japanese government bond yields fall to fresh lows

      Yields on Japanese government bonds crumpled to record lows on Tuesday as jittery investors sought safety in sovereign...

    12. June 13, 2016

      Fitch lowers outlook on Japan

      Fitch Ratings on Monday lowered its outlook on the world’s most indebted country to negative, saying it doubted Japan’s...

    13. June 3, 2016

      Shinzo Abe’s ‘womenomics’ programme all at sea

      As a success story of Japan’s “womenomics” programme, Miho Otani seems to offer it all: a working, mid-forties mother...

    14. June 1, 2016

      Japan’s sales tax delay raises questions about economy

      The decision by Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe to delay a rise in consumption tax until October 2019 will be...

    15. June 1, 2016

      Japan’s Shinzo Abe admits deflation fears with sales tax delay

      Shinzo Abe has doubled down on his huge economic stimulus, delaying a rise in consumption tax as he was forced to admit...

    16. May 27, 2016

      Japan falls deeper into deflation

      Consumer prices in Japan sank further into deflationary territory in April, adding to pressure on the Bank of Japan for...

    17. May 26, 2016

      Abe’s grim warning about global economy highlights G7 divisions

      The global economic outlook is as grim as it was after the Lehman Brothers crisis in 2008, Shinzo Abe claimed on...

    18. May 20, 2016

      US warns Japan against yen intervention

      There is no disorderly trading in the yen that would justify intervention, a senior US Treasury official said on...

    19. May 18, 2016

      Japan can do a lot better than selling the yen

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, received a pleasant surprise on Wednesday when first-quarter gross domestic product...

    20. May 18, 2016

      Japan fund managers create customised ETFs for central bank

      Japan’s fund management industry, pressed into national service, is launching exchange traded funds to further the...

    21. May 18, 2016

      Japan GDP growth rate jumps to 1.7%

      Japan’s economy grew at an annualised rate of 1.7 per cent in the first quarter of 2016, easily beating expectations of...

    22. May 16, 2016

      Japanese finance official defends yen intervention option

      Yen intervention remains an option for Japan because currency volatility can damage and destabilise the economy, the...

    23. May 13, 2016

      Stocks struggle in face of oil weakness

      Friday 21:00 BST. Signs that US consumers were in rude health going into the second quarter helped the dollar end the...

    24. May 12, 2016

      BoJ board keeps hope of new stimulus alive

      The Bank of Japan was united against monetary easing in April but kept hopes of future stimulus alive by fretting about...

    25. May 3, 2016

      Japan in a bind as US turns up heat in currency wars

      How times change. When the US embarked on quantitative easing in 2009 it was accused of resorting to competitive...

    26. May 2, 2016

      The curse of the salaryman

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

    27. May 2, 2016

      Is it time for the Bank of Japan to fold?

      In the advice of Stu Ungar, the late and probably greatest poker player of all time, a player should “fold, and live to...

    28. 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...

    29. May 2, 2016

      The perils facing Japan’s pension funds

      Last spring, shortly before stepping down as head of the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund, the world’s...

    30. April 29, 2016

      Yen surges to 18-month high after Bank of Japan inaction

      The yen is on track for its biggest weekly gain since the depths of the 2008 financial crisis after the Bank of Japan’s...

    31. April 28, 2016

      The Bank of Japan risks a reputation for caprice

      Another monetary policy decision by the Bank of Japan, and another occasion on which financial markets have been left...

    32. 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...

    33. April 28, 2016

      Bank of Japan stays on hold: Why the disappointment?

      Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda dashed market hopes for monetary easing on Thursday, choosing to keep policy on...

    34. April 26, 2016

      Japan’s negative rate experiment is an alarm bell for the US

      Hirano Nobuyuki may be the bravest man in Japan. The chief executive of Mitsubishi UFJ earlier this month used a speech...

    35. April 25, 2016

      ‘Big easing’ predicted from BoJ as yen rises

      The yen climbed for the first time in a week against the dollar as traders and investors looked to Bank of Japan...

    36. April 25, 2016

      Big week for BoJ as surging yen piles on easing pressure

      The Bank of Japan faces intense pressure to ease monetary policy this week as a surging yen threatens its drive for 2...

    37. 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...

    38. April 21, 2016

      Japan’s Mrs Watanabes show share trading prowess

      Japanese “Mrs Watanabes”, the retail investors who control the nation’s household purse strings, have fled the...

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