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      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 secrets of...

    2. 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 up...

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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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      This section, jointly produced with Nikkei, asks if success in reigniting growth and d...
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    1. 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 push...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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 the...

    5. 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 energy...

    6. 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 bet on...

    7. 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 rose to...

    8. 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...

    9. 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 growth...

    10. 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 joint...

    11. 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 risk...

    12. 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....

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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....

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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,...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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....

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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,...

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