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      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...

    2. 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...

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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. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. December 15, 2014

      Japan corporate gloom worsens

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

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. November 23, 2014

      Japan setback will not be the end of Abenomics

      Shinzo Abe wants to think of his premiership in terms of the three arrows he has wielded in the service of reflating Japan....

    14. November 20, 2014

      Japan’s stimulus plan is not courageous but foolhardy

      In a world of unprecedented expansionary actions by central banks, the Bank of Japan is set to outdo them all. Its plans to...

    15. November 19, 2014

      BoJ governor quashes rebellion over easing programme

      Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan governor, has quashed a rebellion by board members opposed to last month’s extension of the...

    16. November 18, 2014

      The curse of weak global demand

      D avid Cameron, the UK prime minister, states that “red warning lights are once again flashing on the dashboard of the...

    17. November 17, 2014

      Abe must fight to keep his project on track

      At the end of 2012, Shinzo Abe was returned to power in Japan on a promise to revive his country’s ailing economy after a...

    18. The World

      November 17, 2014

      Japan's economy in seven charts

      The crew that was dead set against raising consumption tax in Japan will be feeling vindicated. The economy unexpectedly...

    19. November 17, 2014

      Japan: tuneless

      “Pulling out all the stops” refers not to opening a dam to let the waters gush, but rather to the opening of the valves on a...

    20. November 17, 2014

      Abenomics’ direction uncertain after GDP shock

      So where does “Abenomics” go from here? Less than two years ago, Shinzo Abe’s big idea was to boost Japan’s growth rate to...

    21. November 16, 2014

      Japan’s Abe should seek more than a mandate if he calls election

      Shinzo Abe is stuck between a public overwhelmingly opposed to another increase in Japan’s consumption tax rate, and a...

    22. November 16, 2014

      Weak yen fuels Japan Inc

      The weak yen has revved up Toyota Motor. Announcing first-half results this month, the Aichi-based automaker lifted its...

    23. November 14, 2014

      Japanese markets unfazed by poll talk

      Financial markets in Japan defied fears that delaying a tax increase would send panicked investors rushing, instead ending...

    24. November 12, 2014

      Abe is a man on a mission – destination unknown

      Such is the contrast between Shinzo Abe’s lacklustre first term as prime minister and his supercharged, hyperactive...

    25. November 12, 2014

      Japan actions risk igniting currency war

      Last month the Bank of Japan boosted its quantitative easing efforts to try to revive sagging growth. But it has prescribed...

    26. November 11, 2014

      Talk emerges of snap election in Japan

      Speculation is mounting that the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will call a snap general election next month, as he...

    27. November 11, 2014

      Yen drop widens Japan’s current account surplus

      Japan posted its widest current account surplus for a year-and-a-half in September as the drop in its currency boosted...

    28. November 5, 2014

      Japan: dividends are not enough

      In Japan, dessert is rarely the best part of the meal. Diners prefer savoury stuff. Japanese shares have soared this past...

    29. November 5, 2014

      Japan union boss criticises pension fund strategy shift

      The head of Japan’s most powerful federation of labour unions has criticised the shake-up at the national pension fund,...

    30. November 4, 2014

      Warnings from Japan for the eurozone

      Japan is no longer governed by consensus. This is true at least of its monetary policy. Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the...

    31. November 4, 2014

      Japan still a long haul despite QE boost

      Asset allocators expect further rises in Japanese equities after the country’s central bank announced it would step up...

    32. November 4, 2014

      Abenomics sends equities soaring

      Japanese stocks shot up on Tuesday morning while bond yields dropped sharply, as investors got set for a second chapter of...

    33. November 4, 2014

      Stocks cool as crude hits multiyear lows

      Tuesday 21.00 GMT. Global stock markets floundered on Tuesday, with oil majors weighing on indices as crude prices hit new...

    34. November 3, 2014

      Kuroda sticks to his inflationary promises

      Fifteen years of deflationary conditions were a disaster for Japan. From the mid-1990s its economy shrank in cash terms,...

    35. November 2, 2014

      Testing times for Shinzo Abe as tax decision looms

      Shinzo Abe jokingly reminded a group of visiting Americans on Friday evening that in 2013, shortly after being elected...

    36. October 31, 2014

      Bank of Japan: crazy wisdom

      “Having no destination, I am never lost.” The 15th-century Zen monk Ikkyu thought that enlightenment could be found in doing...

    37. October 31, 2014

      Bank of Japan opts for another dose of shock and awe

      It was the day that “Abenomics” roared back. On Friday morning, a report in the Nikkei newspaper that the national pension...

    38. October 31, 2014

      US dollar jumps to 4-year high after BoJ stuns markets

      The dollar has powered to a four-year high after the Bank of Japan stunned markets by expanding its asset-buying programme...

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