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    1. 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...

    2. 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....

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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. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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....

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. December 26, 2014

      Japan inflation slips to 14-month low

      Inflation in Japan dropped to a 14-month low in November, in what policy makers hope will be a temporary lull caused by the...

    23. December 24, 2014

      Abe sworn in as prime minister following election victory

      Shinzo Abe has been sworn in as Japan’s prime minister ten days on from the ruling party’s comfortable victory in a snap...

    24. December 22, 2014

      Oil’s fall may prompt BoJ easing

      It is a very merry Christmas from Tokyo Electric Power. Last week, Japan’s biggest utility by service area said that the...

    25. December 19, 2014

      Kuroda hails progress in deflation battle

      The governor of the Bank of Japan said on Friday the country was on track to win its battle with deflation but that the...

    26. December 18, 2014

      Retail investors snub ‘Abenomics’ savings

      The aggressive monetary easing of “Abenomics” may have charmed foreign investors but has so far failed to convince Japanese...

    27. December 15, 2014

      Abe’s limited window of opportunity to fix Japan

      Shinzo Abe’s re-election as Japanese prime minister is an important boost for his efforts to break the country’s long cycle...

    28. December 15, 2014

      Growth Abe’s priority under new mandate

      Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged to push Japanese companies to raise their wages next year, emphasising that economic...

    29. December 15, 2014

      Japan corporate gloom worsens

      Japanese companies are expecting a marked deterioration in business conditions, according to a central bank survey published...

    30. December 14, 2014

      Prepare for the coming Japanese boom

      If you’re thinking of coming to Japan for a spring break, you’d better book fast. Occupancy rates for Tokyo and Osaka hotels...

    31. December 14, 2014

      Abenomics’ success hinges on a tricky balance

      In 2005, when Junichiro Koizumi silenced critics within his party after winning a resounding electoral victory, many...

    32. December 14, 2014

      Abe strengthens grip in Japanese election

      Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic party has cruised to another election victory in Japan, strengthening the prime minister’s...

    33. December 9, 2014

      Japan’s voters see no alternative to Abe and his reflation plan

      Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic party is running on the slogan “There is no other way to economic recovery”. It is printed...

    34. December 3, 2014

      Japan: A ballot on Abenomics

      If the aim of a snap election is to take everyone by surprise, then Shinzo Abe has played a blinder. Almost no one in Japan...

    35. December 1, 2014

      Moody’s downgrades Japan’s credit rating

      The government of Japan is now a riskier borrower than either China or South Korea, according to Moody’s, which has put its...

    36. November 28, 2014

      Japan’s CPI falls to 0.9%

      Japanese core inflation last month fell below 1 per cent to a 13 month low, just weeks before prime minister Shinzo Abe...

    37. Andrew Smithers

      November 27, 2014

      Japan's disappointing gross domestic product

      Japan’s gross domestic product shrank in the third quarter of 2014 at 1.6 per cent per annum over the quarter and 1 per cent...

    38. November 23, 2014

      GDP growth estimates for US set to slip

      In a quiet week for data releases the highlights include revisions to gross domestic product estimates for the third quarter...

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