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    1. 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...

    2. March 30, 2015

      Japan’s reforms push companies to unlock cash

      Decades from now, if Abenomics turns out to be successful, economic historians will probably pinpoint Japanese prime...

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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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      This section, jointly produced with Nikkei, asks if success in reigniting growth and d...
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    1. March 30, 2015

      Japan calls on Obama to step up personal involvement in TPP deal

      Japan’s economy minister has called on US President Barack Obama to ramp up his lobbying of Democrats to secure...

    2. 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...

    3. 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....

    4. March 27, 2015

      Japan nears deflation as core CPI hits zero

      Collapsing oil prices and subdued demand have again thrown Japan to the brink of deflation, despite the world’s biggest...

    5. 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...

    6. March 20, 2015

      Bank of Japan cites Volcker to stoke inflation

      The Bank of Japan has an unlikely hero in its campaign to end two decades of deflation and drive up prices: the great...

    7. March 17, 2015

      BoJ inflation promise comes unstuck

      Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan governor, said he could not rule out a spell of deflation later this year, as a plunge in oil...

    8. 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,...

    9. March 16, 2015

      Japan’s big lesson for the eurozone

      The first visible sign in Japan’s experience that quantitative easing is working is a massive increase in foreign visitors...

    10. March 11, 2015

      Luck has bought time for Abenomics

      Is Abenomics a busted flush? To sceptics it must certainly look that way. Japan’s growth has faltered. A downward revision...

    11. March 9, 2015

      The unseen casualties of Japan’s lost decades suffer in silence

      A foreign visitor to the tourist districts of any big city will often go home with the impression that everything is dandy....

    12. March 9, 2015

      Japan economic growth revised down

      Japanese growth was worse — and better — than preliminary numbers suggested, with the annualised rate of 2.2 per cent being...

    13. March 4, 2015

      The BoJ is stretching its inflation target to breaking point

      Central bankers are normally keen adherents to the golden rule of forecasting: give them a target, or give them a date, but...

    14. March 3, 2015

      Japan wage growth fastest in 15 years

      Basic pay in Japan grew at its fastest pace for 15 years in January in a sign that government pressure on companies to boost...

    15. February 27, 2015

      Japan flirts with return to deflation

      Japan is flirting with a return to deflation after the annual pace of price increases fell to just 0.2 per cent in January,...

    16. February 22, 2015

      Robots are not going to steal your job, says Yaskawa chairman

      A robot will not be stealing your job any time soon. Take it from the chief executive of one of the world’s largest robotics...

    17. February 18, 2015

      Japan wages: Manufacturing consent

      Shunto, the annual “spring offensive” by Japan’s trade unions, used to strike terror into the hearts of corporate managers....

    18. February 18, 2015

      An activist raid forces new logic on Fanuc robot factory

      On a wall in Fanuc’s secretive research laboratory at the foot of Mount Fuji is a clock set to run 10-times faster than...

    19. February 16, 2015

      Japan’s exit from recession lacks momentum

      Japan’s economy emerged from recession in the fourth quarter of 2014, but even after two years of Abenomics is still...

    20. February 12, 2015

      Japan affirms pledge to raise consumption tax in 2017

      Japan’s public finances are in an “extremely severe” condition, Taro Aso, the finance minister, warned as he made his...

    21. February 6, 2015

      Shrinking Tokyo living rooms put squeeze on Abenomics

      There is enough room to swing a cat in the living rooms at apartment complex Glorio Eifukucho, but the animal would be in...

    22. February 5, 2015

      Abenomics architects tighten grip on Bank of Japan

      The architects of Abenomics have tightened their hold on the Bank of Japan by nominating a supporter of aggressive monetary...

    23. February 4, 2015

      Toyota heads for record profit on cost-cutting and yen weakness

      Toyota has raised its target for full-year earnings after surging demand in the US eclipsed flagging sales in three of its...

    24. January 30, 2015

      Japan inflation slows further

      Core inflation in Japan fell further last month to just 0.5 per cent year-on-year, as plunging oil prices offset the effects...

    25. January 29, 2015

      Japanese unions and employers clash over best way to raise pay

      A split between Japan’s unions and employers on how to raise pay has emerged as the main issue at the start of wage talks...

    26. January 27, 2015

      Japan Inc shuns seniority in favour of merit-based pay

      Japanese companies including Toyota, Hitachi and Panasonic are moving away from seniority-based pay scales, boosting Prime...

    27. January 27, 2015

      Easy money cannot cure Japanese stagnation

      Even as financial markets greet the European Central Bank decision to embark on massive asset purchases with rapture, the...

    28. January 21, 2015

      Japan central bank slashes inflation forecasts

      The Bank of Japan has slashed its inflation forecast for the year beginning this April to just 1 per cent, down from the 1.7...

    29. January 20, 2015

      What to look out for from the BoJ

      It is less than three months since the Bank of Japan shocked financial markets with a dramatic expansion of monetary easing....

    30. January 14, 2015

      Inventories shrink as BoJ’s bond appetite grows

      In a global race to the bottom, few can keep up with Japan. The 10-year government bond of the most indebted major sovereign...

    31. January 14, 2015

      Japan approves record Y96tn budget

      Shinzo Abe’s cabinet on Wednesday approved the largest budget in Japan’s history, spending heavily to support the country’s...

    32. January 12, 2015

      Japan puts secular stagnation thesis to the test

      Watch Japan. Such advice has long been rare, except on “lost decades” or the risks of nuclear power. But for the next 12...

    33. January 11, 2015

      Japan on course to meet deficit goal

      Higher sales tax receipts and a weaker yen mean Japan is likely to meet its long-term goal of halving its primary deficit as...

    34. January 8, 2015

      Japan public optimism for economy hits 2-year low

      Public optimism over the Japanese economy sunk to a two-year low in the run-up to last month’s election, underlining the...

    35. January 7, 2015

      Currency swings pose challenges for Asian groups

      Viewed from the South Korean port of Ulsan, home to the world’s largest shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries, it is jackpot...

    36. January 5, 2015

      The west has lost intellectual self-confidence

      For the first half of my life, international politics was defined by the cold war. The fall of the Berlin Wall ended that...

    37. January 4, 2015

      A wise bet is on a happier year for the economy

      In 2014, global output per head grew by close to 2 per cent, at purchasing power parity. Thus, at the end of the year, human...

    38. December 27, 2014

      Japan cabinet approves Y3.5tn stimulus spending

      TOKYO, Dec 27 - Japan’s government has approved stimulus spending worth Y3.5tn ($29bn) aimed at helping the country’s...

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