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    1. July 31, 2015

      Number of Japanese women in work reaches record high

      The number of working women in Japan has reached a record high as nursery places for toddlers increase and the...

    2. July 23, 2015

      IMF warns Japan to step up reforms

      The International Monetary Fund has warned Japan that it needs to “reload” its Abenomics reforms or risk slowing...

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    1. July 23, 2015

      Japan receives more tourists than it sends abroad

      A weaker yen, a boom in cruise holidays and a surge of Chinese shopaholics have pushed Japan across a historic...

    2. July 23, 2015

      Japan CPI basket turns to the elderly and pets

      Lemons, thermometers, marker pens and car wax are to vanish from Japan’s consumer price index as fewer babies are born,...

    3. July 21, 2015

      Emerging market unemployment rises sharply

      Unemployment across emerging markets has risen sharply this year, reversing a six-year slide, even as it has continued...

    4. July 15, 2015

      Bank of Japan downgrades GDP and inflation forecasts

      The Bank of Japan trimmed its growth and inflation forecasts on Wednesday but economists in Tokyo fear worse lies ahead...

    5. July 14, 2015

      Chinese influx buoys Japan port city of Fukuoka

      With his departure time looming and a guide fretting to get back to the ship, Liang Nan has been left in a corner of...

    6. July 9, 2015

      Abe seeks to turn debate back on to economy

      Shinzo Abe has claimed his Abenomics reforms are accelerating as he sought to reassure foreign investors who fear he...

    7. July 6, 2015

      Japan: Women in the workforce

      To Japanese mothers in search of enlightenment, Amazon.co.jp offers 138 different books on kyaraben — the intricate art...

    8. July 2, 2015

      Japan’s population slide set to accelerate

      Japan’s population fell by a record amount in 2014 but the drop was merely a shadow of what lies ahead. The pace of...

    9. July 1, 2015

      Tankan shows lift for Japanese business

      Business conditions in Japan strengthened during the second quarter as the Bank of Japan’s definitive Tankan survey...

    10. June 25, 2015

      Japan does splits to woo Mrs Watanabe

      The Tokyo Stock Exchange is facing a surge of stock splits as the most expensive corners of corporate Japan entice...

    11. June 22, 2015

      Japan karaoke rivals compete for silver yen

      Japan’s golden era of karaoke may have passed, but the companies supplying the technology for this quintessentially...

    12. June 19, 2015

      Hedge fund bets against Japanese shares hit record levels

      Bets against Japanese share prices rising in the future reached a record level this week, challenging the euphoria over...

    13. June 15, 2015

      Shinzo Abe’s approval ratings fall to new low

      Shinzo Abe’s poll ratings are at their lowest since taking up his second spell in office in 2012 as the Japanese prime...

    14. June 10, 2015

      Kuroda remarks spark sharp yen rally

      The Japanese yen shot up 1.3 per cent on Wednesday after central bank governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the currency was...

    15. June 9, 2015

      How to restore self-belief to the Japanese economy

      Watersheds in economic history are few and far between. A determined statesman may succeed in nudging the economy on to...

    16. June 8, 2015

      Japan economy grows 3.9% in first quarter

      Japan’s economy grew at an annualised pace of 3.9 per cent in the first quarter of 2015 as revised data showed the best...

    17. June 7, 2015

      Chocolate inflation bittersweet for Japan

      Times are hard for Japanese with a sweet tooth as the country bemoans the latest side effect of Abenomics: a surge in...

    18. June 4, 2015

      Peter Pan inspires Japan monetary policy

      Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda has revealed the inspirational force behind the central bank’s unprecedented...

    19. May 29, 2015

      Used handbags provide an unlikely barometer for Japan’s economy

      From currency arbitrage to game theory, consumer psychology to the fast-evolving tastes of Chinese tourists, the...

    20. May 27, 2015

      Bank of Japan accounts reveal anxiety over QE exit

      The Japanese government will miss out on Y201.8bn ($1.6bn) in Bank of Japan profits this year as the central bank piles...

    21. May 22, 2015

      IMF calls on Bank of Japan to expand monetary easing

      The International Monetary Fund has called on the Bank of Japan to expand its monetary easing in an all-out effort to...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. May 1, 2015

      Japan edges back from brink of deflation

      Japan has edged back from the brink of deflation in a day of relief for the country’s central bank as core inflation...

    28. 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...

    29. April 30, 2015

      Japan maintains pace of monetary stimulus

      The Bank of Japan has finally admitted defeat and changed its timetable for reaching 2 per cent inflation as sluggish...

    30. April 28, 2015

      Shinzo Abe, Barack Obama and the TPP: what you need to know

      Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, is in Washington this week to meet US President Barack Obama and address a...

    31. April 27, 2015

      Fitch downgrades Japan’s credit rating on fiscal policy concerns

      Fitch has slashed Japan’s sovereign rating from A plus to A, judging the world’s fourth-largest economy a worse credit...

    32. April 24, 2015

      Could China be the new Japan?

      Every stock market investor’s dream is to be catapulted back in time to the beginning of one of the great bull markets....

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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,...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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