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  1. September 10, 2014

    Tokyo governor backs public fund management shift

    The governor of Tokyo has thrown his weight behind moves to manage public money more aggressively, urging that a portion of...

  2. September 10, 2014

    Japan is creating jobs but workers do not prosper

    Something odd is going on with Japan’s labour market. Unemployment is at 3.7 per cent. Recently, it has been as low as 3.5...

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  1. September 8, 2014

    Japan GDP revision raises further doubts on second sales tax rise

    April’s consumption tax rise dealt a heavier blow to Japan’s economy than initially reported, raising further questions over...

  2. September 3, 2014

    Abe reshuffle promotes women but maintains conservatism

    Shinzo Abe revamped his cabinet on Wednesday for the first time since he returned to the Japanese prime minister’s office in...

  3. September 3, 2014

    Japan prepares to tackle debt burden

    It was an odd sort of rallying cry. Just after Sadakazu Tanigaki’s appointment as secretary-general of Japan’s ruling...

  4. September 2, 2014

    India’s Narendra Modi chides China as he embraces Japan

    Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, has issued a thinly veiled attack on Chinese “expansionism” during a visit to Tokyo,...

  5. August 28, 2014

    Abe must keep his project on track

    Is Abenomics failing? Recent data from Japan are mixed at best. The core inflation rate, stripped of fresh food prices, fell...

  6. August 26, 2014

    Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s planned reshuffle no longer reliant on age

    Life as a lawmaker in Japan’s long-ruling Liberal Democratic party used to be a lot like life as a corporate salaryman: the...

  7. August 25, 2014

    Abenomics: Off target

    Three arrows, six obstacles It is never a good sign for a world leader when golfing becomes an object of scandal. As Barack...

  8. August 15, 2014

    Asahi retraction reignites Japan debate over wartime brutality

    In 1982, when a Japanese man claiming to be a former wartime labour administrator admitted he had helped kidnap hundreds of...

  9. August 15, 2014

    Abe avoids visit to Yasukuni shrine

    More than 80 lawmakers from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party visited Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni war...

  10. August 13, 2014

    Japan suffers worst economic contraction since tsunami of 2011

    Japan has suffered its worst economic contraction since the earthquake and tsunami more than three years ago, providing...

  11. August 12, 2014

    Q&A: Japan’s GDP and the sales tax shock

    Japan is poised to announce preliminary gross domestic product data for the second quarter on Wednesday. Economists expect...

  12. August 8, 2014

    Japan’s current account returns to deficit

    Japan reported its second consecutive half-year current account deficit on Friday and its first for the January-to-June...

  13. August 5, 2014

    Japan condemns ‘dangerous’ Chinese acts in defence white paper

    Japan took aim on Tuesday at what it called “profoundly dangerous” Chinese efforts to exert control of waters between the...

  14. July 30, 2014

    Japan’s industrial output falls back

    Fears of a serious knock to Japan’s economy caused by April’s increase in consumption tax intensified as industrial...

  15. July 8, 2014

    Japan slams China over mushroom cloud map in newspaper

    Japan has hit out at China over a newspaper story that said Tokyo wanted another war and included a map showing mushroom...

  16. July 2, 2014

    Pacifist Japan is inching towards being ‘normal’

    Japan’s cabinet this week tore up what remains of the country’s war-renouncing constitution by declaring Tokyo’s right to...

  17. July 1, 2014

    Abe poised to defy protests and ease curbs on armed forces

    Japan’s cabinet has agreed to overhaul the country’s defence policy, ending a self-imposed ban on coming to the aid of an...

  18. July 1, 2014

    Japan’s Tankan business survey falls after consumption tax rise

    Confidence among Japanese companies has dipped after of April’s consumption tax increase, marking the first drop since Prime...

  19. June 16, 2014

    Shinzo Abe updates Japan’s ‘third arrow’ reforms

    Shinzo Abe has completed an update of his economic policy agenda, putting forward proposals on subjects from tax and...

  20. June 11, 2014

    Abe’s third arrow on economy quivers

    From Nato gatherings in Brussels to meetings of Asia-Pacific defence officials in Shanghai, Shinzo Abe has been an avid...

  21. June 3, 2014

    Japan’s ‘misery index’ looks . . . well, miserable

    Fancy earning up to $800 a day? Get down to a Japanese construction site. Last year’s decision to award Tokyo the 2020...

  22. June 2, 2014

    Japan stands by immigration controls despite shrinking population

    On a recent television programme, Shinzo Abe was asked about one of Japan’s most politically delicate topics: immigration....

  23. May 28, 2014

    Japan corporate governance: bright spot

    Corporate governance is big – once more – in Japan. Over the next few weeks a group of Liberal Democratic party lawmakers,...

  24. May 26, 2014

    Japan condemns China over jets’ close encounter

    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and senior Japanese officials have criticised China over two weekend incidents in which Chinese...

  25. May 25, 2014

    Japan reformists face challenge over governance

    When Mizuho Financial Group confirmed it was moving to a western-style governance structure complete with an independent...

  26. May 22, 2014

    The perils of Asia’s nationalist power game

    India has a new prime minister; and each of Asia’s four most powerful nations is now led by a combative nationalist. The...

  27. May 15, 2014

    Abe seeks support to alter role of military

    Shinzo Abe laid out a broad programme on Thursday to loosen rules governing how Japan’s military can be deployed, saying he...

  28. April 22, 2014

    China opens door to more lawsuits against Japanese companies

    The seizure of a Japanese cargo ship by a Chinese court over compensation claims relating to the second world war could...

  29. April 21, 2014

    Asian diplomacy: Pivotal moment

    When Barack Obama arrives in Tokyo on Wednesday, he will be given the most lavish welcome Japan has offered a US president...

  30. April 2, 2014

    Japan’s welfare data hit record high despite Abenomics revival

    More than a year of economic growth in Japan has failed to stem a rise in the number of people on public assistance, with...

  31. April 2, 2014

    Asia follows China into an old-fashioned arms race

    Everyone knows about China’s arms build-up. Beijing’s defence budget has risen eightfold in 20 years. In that time it has...

  32. March 30, 2014

    Tokyo and Seoul must stop sniping

    Last week, Shinzo Abe and Park Geun-hye, leaders of Japan and South Korea respectively, met in a trilateral meeting arranged...

  33. March 27, 2014

    Consumption tax rise gives Abe something to chew on

    Call it the “beef bowl test” for Abenomics. On Tuesday, when Japan carries out a controversial increase in its national...

  34. March 25, 2014

    Japan poised to widen corporate tax base

    Japan is likely to widen its base of corporate taxpayers as it moves towards lowering business tax rates, one of Prime...

  35. March 25, 2014

    Mizuho to offer $1.5bn ‘bail-in’ bond

    Mizuho Financial Group has become the first of Japan’s banks to sell a “bail-in” bond that would force losses on investors...

  36. March 24, 2014

    Japanese debt: Still climbing

    Last summer Takeshi Fujimaki ran for parliament on a platform of economic Armageddon. Japan’s debt was out of control, he...

  37. March 23, 2014

    Japan’s retailers play games with tax rise prices

    Japan’s revival under Shinzo Abe has pushed up inflation higher than base wages, so many people are feeling poorer. Is this...

  38. March 23, 2014

    Abe adviser warns on impact of tax rise

    A close adviser to Shinzo Abe has called for the Bank of Japan to take action “within one or two months” of next week’s...

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