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    1. May 3, 2016

      Japan in a bind as US turns up heat in currency wars

      How times change. When the US embarked on quantitative easing in 2009 it was accused of resorting to competitive...

    2. May 2, 2016

      l embedThe curse of the salaryman

      The May editions of Salaryman and Enterprising Japan are cutting-edge commuter fodder: profiles of star CEOs jostle...

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    1. May 2, 2016

      Is it time for the Bank of Japan to fold?

      In the advice of Stu Ungar, the late and probably greatest poker player of all time, a player should “fold, and live to...

    2. May 2, 2016

      Japan Inc revises yen forecasts

      Tokyo stocks fell steeply on Monday as a slew of major exporters absorbed the shock of last week’s decision by the Bank...

    3. May 2, 2016

      The perils facing Japan’s pension funds

      Last spring, shortly before stepping down as head of the Japanese Government Pension Investment Fund, the world’s...

    4. April 29, 2016

      Yen surges to 18-month high after Bank of Japan inaction

      The yen is on track for its biggest weekly gain since the depths of the 2008 financial crisis after the Bank of Japan’s...

    5. April 28, 2016

      The Bank of Japan risks a reputation for caprice

      Another monetary policy decision by the Bank of Japan, and another occasion on which financial markets have been left...

    6. April 28, 2016

      Yen surges and stocks sink after Bank of Japan keeps policy on hold

      The yen surged by 3 per cent and equities slumped after the Bank of Japan dashed market hopes of stimulus despite data...

    7. April 28, 2016

      Bank of Japan stays on hold: Why the disappointment?

      Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda dashed market hopes for monetary easing on Thursday, choosing to keep policy on...

    8. April 26, 2016

      Japan’s negative rate experiment is an alarm bell for the US

      Hirano Nobuyuki may be the bravest man in Japan. The chief executive of Mitsubishi UFJ earlier this month used a speech...

    9. April 25, 2016

      ‘Big easing’ predicted from BoJ as yen rises

      The yen climbed for the first time in a week against the dollar as traders and investors looked to Bank of Japan...

    10. April 25, 2016

      Big week for BoJ as surging yen piles on easing pressure

      The Bank of Japan faces intense pressure to ease monetary policy this week as a surging yen threatens its drive for 2...

    11. April 24, 2016

      Practical guide to pitfalls of part-time work goes viral in Japan

      When a group of Japanese university professors compiled a practical guide to protect students from the clutches of...

    12. April 21, 2016

      Japan’s Mrs Watanabes show share trading prowess

      Japanese “Mrs Watanabes”, the retail investors who control the nation’s household purse strings, have fled the...

    13. April 20, 2016

      Abenomics faces Hokkaido by-election test

      The fate of Abenomics may rest on a 43-year-old single mother and a 44-year-old salaryman as they prepare to fight a...

    14. April 16, 2016

      Japan warned not to devalue the yen

      Japanese officials were met by firm warnings not to devalue the yen as they took their quest to talk down the currency...

    15. April 13, 2016

      Former Abenomics backer warns on negative rates

      Negative interest rates are weakening Japan’s banks — which are vital for stimulating economic growth, the country’s...

    16. April 11, 2016

      Yen strength is scary on many levels

      If the yen market were a scary movie, this is the point at which discordant music signals a growing danger. Everyone...

    17. April 11, 2016

      Japan: sentiment Tankaning

      Going off the economic data, Japan appears in the grip of violent mood swings. How are you, Japan? Fine, no, I mean...

    18. April 8, 2016

      Yen’s surge piles pressure on Tokyo

      The yen’s surge against the dollar is piling pressure on Japanese policymakers as aggressive monetary policy fails to...

    19. April 7, 2016

      Japan lashes out against rise of yen

      The yen touched new highs on Thursday, defying Tokyo’s effort to weaken the Japanese currency in the latest sign that...

    20. April 6, 2016

      Japan’s nuclear restart stymied by courts

      A welter of conflicting legal decisions has left Japan’s nuclear reactors in a state of limbo as national energy...

    21. April 1, 2016

      Japan Inc mood sours to worst in three years

      Business conditions in Japan’s manufacturing sector are at their worst since the early days of Abenomics in 2013 as a...

    22. March 31, 2016

      Free Lunch: Japanese crossovers

      A lost decade we can only dream of Before the global financial crisis, the pet worry of international macroeconomists...

    23. March 30, 2016

      A chance for Shinzo Abe to scrap a self-defeating tax rise

      The biggest problem with Abenomics, as the “three arrows” stimulus launched in 2012 by Shinzo Abe, prime minister, is...

    24. March 29, 2016

      Japan’s negative rate bounty sparks calls for fresh spending

      Japan’s government has already locked in annual savings of Y80bn ($707m) thanks to negative interest rates as political...

    25. March 25, 2016

      Japan and Canada show some fiscal good sense

      With monetary policy being forced into ever more contorted positions to continue stimulating sluggish economies,...

    26. March 25, 2016

      Weak Japan inflation turns up heat on central bank

      Inflation in Japan was flat in February and the underlying trend is weakening, putting pressure on the Bank of Japan to...

    27. March 16, 2016

      Weak Japan wage demands deal blow to Abenomics

      Japanese companies have markedly slowed the pace of wage growth in one of the worst blows to hit the Abenomics stimulus...

    28. Fast FT

      March 16, 2016

      Kuroda says -0.5% rate cut 'possible in theory'

      Minus 0.5. That’s the furthest into negative rates-land the Bank of Japan is prepared to step. Addressing parliament...

    29. March 15, 2016

      Japan Inc: Heavy meddling

      At the height of its powers in the 1970s, Japan’s ministry of international trade and industry could turn spoons into...

    30. March 15, 2016

      Bank of Japan grapples with public confusion on negative rates

      The Bank of Japan downgraded its view of the economy but held interest rates at minus 0.1 per cent, as it wrestles with...

    31. March 15, 2016

      The legacy of the Japanese salaryman

      I had heard about jobs in Japan being for life and the fealty this can demand, but I hadn’t expected it to also apply...

    32. March 14, 2016

      Donald Trump’s rise sparks alarm in Japan

      As polls open for US primaries in Ohio and Florida, the political elite in Tokyo is starting to confront a...

    33. March 8, 2016

      Yield scramble set to favour Treasuries

      The scramble for yield continues. After a sturdy auction of 30-year Japanese government bonds on Tuesday, equivalent...

    34. March 8, 2016

      Japan data revision trims fourth-quarter GDP contraction

      Japan’s fourth-quarter economic growth was revised up by 0.3 percentage points on Tuesday to a still gloomy annualised...

    35. March 6, 2016

      Department stores bask in glow of Japan’s negative rates policy

      One month on from the Bank of Japan’s decision to unleash negative interest rates on the world’s third-biggest economy,...

    36. March 6, 2016

      Japan taxpayers foot $100bn bill for Fukushima disaster

      The Fukushima nuclear disaster has cost Japanese taxpayers almost $100bn despite government claims Tokyo Electric is...

    37. March 4, 2016

      Abe choice for BoJ board signals determination on stimulus

      Shinzo Abe has nominated an obscure 70-year-old economist to replace the only woman on the Bank of Japan board in a...

    38. February 26, 2016

      Japan back to flirting with deflation

      Japan is flirting with deflation again as a fresh slide in commodity markets left prices flat in January over the past...

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