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    1. February 3, 2016

      ‘No limit’ to Japan easing, says Kuroda

      Haruhiko Kuroda said there was “no limit” to monetary easing as he vowed to slash Japanese interest rates deeper into...

    2. January 31, 2016

      Capital controls will not cure China’s ills

      In yet another sign of the strange times we live in, Japan is calling for China to impose controls to stem capital...

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    1. January 29, 2016

      Japan joins negative rates club

      The Bank of Japan has cut interest rates to minus 0.1 per cent, stunning analysts and sparking a surge in equity and...

    2. January 29, 2016

      BoJ seeks to regain front foot in deflation battle with rate cut

      When all the data pointed to a monetary easing by the Bank of Japan last October, governor Haruhiko Kuroda sat on his...

    3. January 29, 2016

      Japanese resignation plunges Abe government into confusion

      The resignation of Akira Amari, Japan’s economy minister, over bribery allegations, which he denies, has plunged Japan...

    4. January 29, 2016

      Japan rates: take that

      If China needed a lesson in how to shock markets without upsetting them, it could look to its neighbour, Japan. On...

    5. January 29, 2016

      Data show weak Japanese economy

      The Japanese economy struggled in December according to a wave of sluggish data released as Bank of Japan officials sit...

    6. January 28, 2016

      Blow for Shinzo Abe as Japan economy minister Akira Amari resigns

      Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has lost one of the chief architects of his unprecedented stimulus strategy after his...

    7. January 26, 2016

      Japan needs to make new governance rules work

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has put corporate governance at the centre of his drive to reform the economy,...

    8. January 21, 2016

      Japan pins hopes on Pepper the mechanical playmate

      There is something rather stressful, as you watch a five-year-old gaze adoringly into a pair of glowing eye sockets,...

    9. January 21, 2016

      Pressure mounts on reluctant BoJ to ease monetary policy further

      With oil below $30 a barrel, a strengthening yen and markets in flux, the Bank of Japan’s reluctance to ease monetary...

    10. January 19, 2016

      Stronger yen casts shadow over equities

      At any time over the past three years in Japan, whenever the great Abenomics revival story has wobbled, a weakening yen...

    11. January 14, 2016

      Globalisation 2.0 — an optimistic outlook

      This is the text of a speech delivered by the editor of the Financial Times at the inaugural Nikkei-FT symposium in...

    12. January 13, 2016

      Japan: Deflated generation

      With the magnificent Meiji Jingu shrine behind them, kimono brocades catching the sun and their coming-of-age ceremony...

    13. January 13, 2016

      Sumitomo and Sherritt hit by nickel slide

      Sherritt International, the Canadian miner, and Sumitomo, the Japanese trading house, have warned of $1.7bn in...

    14. January 11, 2016

      Japan’s weak private demand is the dominant challenge for Abenomics

      The policies known as Abenomics, after Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister since December 2012, were a bold attempt to...

    15. January 11, 2016

      Larry Summers: ‘An isolated Japan will fall further behind’

      Larry Summers, formerly US Treasury secretary, chief economic adviser to President Obama and president of Harvard, is...

    16. January 11, 2016

      Economists question Japan’s reputation as a ‘bad investor’

      Japan’s reputation as a bad investor — earning much less than it should on a vast foreign portfolio — is wrong,...

    17. January 11, 2016

      Editors’ note: the Nikkei and the FT take a closer look at Japan’s Globalisation 2.0

      Lionel Barber, FT editor For more than a century, the Financial Times and Nikkei have acted as trusted chroniclers of...

    18. January 11, 2016

      Japan business leaders urge real globalisation

      In the early 1990s, Japan seemed to be everywhere. Its car and electronics brands were worldwide household names....

    19. January 4, 2016

      Japan to exit deflation, predicts Abe

      Japan is “no longer in a deflationary period”, said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a new year’s message that clashes with...

    20. December 22, 2015

      The riff: Small beer is big in Tokyo

      An economist, a social historian and a behavioural psychologist walk into a Tokyo bar and see a sign offering Suntory...

    21. December 18, 2015

      BoJ stimulus boost widens global policy divergence

      The Bank of Japan has triggered a day of confusion in financial markets with an unexpected change in policy which it...

    22. December 14, 2015

      Japan Tankan survey eases pressure on BoJ to change policy

      The Bank of Japan is unlikely to change monetary policy in the next few months after its quarterly Tankan survey of...

    23. December 14, 2015

      Too much ‘medicine’ could make the finance system sicker

      Some say Japan was ahead of its time: the first developed economy to enter secular stagnation after a credit crunch,...

    24. December 10, 2015

      Champagne inspires a revival of Japanese towel-making

      Less than a decade ago, the secluded port of Imabari, on Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, was facing...

    25. December 8, 2015

      Japan GDP revised from recession to growth in Q3

      Not only is Japan not in recession but it was growing strongly in the third quarter of 2015, as the country’s gross...

    26. December 6, 2015

      Japan’s current recession to prove an illusion

      Japan’s “recession” will soon be exposed as an illusion according to the country’s economy minister, Akira Amari, who...

    27. November 25, 2015

      Japan’s Abe joins global trend in calling for minimum wage rises

      Shinzo Abe has become the latest conservative leader to upend the politics of low incomes as he pushes for an increase...

    28. November 19, 2015

      BoJ holds course despite return to recession in Japan

      The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy on hold despite the economy entering a technical recession as it continued to...

    29. November 18, 2015

      Japan set to beat 2020 visitor target

      Japan is poised to hit its tourism target of 20m inbound visitors five years ahead of schedule, according to a leading...

    30. November 17, 2015

      BoJ pay rise to put limit on equity gains

      The Bank of Japan marked a watershed of sorts this fiscal year. This has nothing to do with the unprecedented size of...

    31. November 16, 2015

      Yen’s days as weakest among peers are numbered

      The outlook is finally turning for Japan’s beleaguered currency. Over the past five years the yen has lost almost 30...

    32. November 16, 2015

      Japan falls back into recession

      Japan is back in recession after its economy shrank at a worse than expected annualised rate of 0.8 per cent in the...

    33. November 13, 2015

      The definition of recession needs a rethink

      Bright and early on Monday morning, expect to hear some gloomy news — that Japan is in recession, for the fourth time...

    34. November 6, 2015

      Japan Post IPO euphoria wears off

      After two days of spectacular ascent, shares in Japan Post and its two newly-listed subsidiaries dipped on Friday as...

    35. November 3, 2015

      The Bank of Japan considers more easing

      While the US Federal Reserve contemplates a finely balanced decision about whether to raise interest rates in December,...

    36. October 30, 2015

      BoJ holds course despite deepening gloom

      The Bank of Japan has kept monetary policy on hold even as it slashed its economic forecasts and said it did not expect...

    37. October 28, 2015

      Japan’s economy: Credibility on the line

      Haruhiko Kuroda showed no mercy on arriving at the Bank of Japan in April 2013. Repudiating what he called the...

    38. October 25, 2015

      Corporate Japan called to economic battle

      Japan’s economy is in peril and business should help save it with investment and wage rises, according to Sadayuki...

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