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    2. April 22, 2015

      Japan moves closer to nuclear restart

      Japan has moved closer to generating nuclear power for the first time since 2013 after a court approved the restart of two...

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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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    1. 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...

    2. April 21, 2015

      Abe faces defining week as he readies speech to US Congress

      Shinzo Abe is about to start a defining week for his premiership as he travels to Indonesia before an unprecedented address...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. April 8, 2015

      BoJ maintains monetary policy despite missing inflation target

      The Bank of Japan has kept monetary policy on hold even as its initial two-year deadline for increasing inflation to 2 per...

    6. April 7, 2015

      Reforms needed to lift Japan’s economy

      In the first week in April, the delicate blossoms on Tokyo’s cherry trees were blown away by high winds and rain. This...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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....

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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,...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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....

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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....

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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