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    1. April 24, 2015

      Japan reviews drone rules after landing on roof of Abe’s office

      What criminal penalty faces someone who drops a potentially radioactive drone on the roof of the Japanese prime minister’s...

    2. April 22, 2015

      An unsinkable Pacific alliance

      If the Americans and Japanese went in for that kind of thing they might describe themselves as being as close as lips and...

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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. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. April 9, 2015

      Japan in long battle over war apology

      Japan risks forgetting the lessons of its militarist past if prime minister Shinzo Abe tampers with history, according to...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. March 20, 2015

      Aso remarks show Japan dilemma over China-led bank

      Japan could join China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank if its concerns about governance are addressed, finance...

    8. 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,...

    9. March 9, 2015

      Merkel intervenes in Japanese second world war debate

      Japan’s war record still resonates across region Angela Merkel intervened in Japan’s debate about how it remembers the...

    10. 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....

    11. March 3, 2015

      Donations scandal ensnares Japan leaders

      Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has been drawn into a growing scandal over political donations that threatens to slow...

    12. February 26, 2015

      Shinzo Abe stance on war anniversary risks reigniting regional tensions

      Japan’s war record still resonates across region Shinzo Abe has signalled he wants his forthcoming statement marking the...

    13. February 23, 2015

      Shinzo Abe loses ally in TPP trade deal

      Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, has lost an important ally on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal after his...

    14. February 18, 2015

      An activist raid forces new logic on Fanuc robot factory

      On a wall in Fanuc’s secretive research laboratory at the foot of Mount Fuji is a clock set to run 10-times faster than...

    15. February 5, 2015

      Abenomics architects tighten grip on Bank of Japan

      The architects of Abenomics have tightened their hold on the Bank of Japan by nominating a supporter of aggressive monetary...

    16. February 2, 2015

      Japan’s response to terror must not be isolation

      The murder of two Japanese nationals by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Isis, is the latest example of the...

    17. January 29, 2015

      Japanese unions and employers clash over best way to raise pay

      A split between Japan’s unions and employers on how to raise pay has emerged as the main issue at the start of wage talks...

    18. January 28, 2015

      A tipping point for Japan’s foreign policy

      In Japan “I am Kenji” has replaced “I am Charlie” as the rallying cry of choice. The Kenji in question is Kenji Goto, a...

    19. January 28, 2015

      Jordan offers to swap prisoner for pilot held by Isis

      Jordan said on Wednesday it was willing to hand over an Iraqi woman jailed for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack if a...

    20. January 26, 2015

      Abe hits Japan’s fairways to pitch pay rises to corporate leaders

      Shinzo Abe has hit the golf course with top Japanese executives this year as he tries to slay deflation forever by...

    21. January 21, 2015

      Japan battles to contain hostage crisis

      The Japanese government said on Wednesday it was taking “every possible measure” to secure the release of two of its...

    22. January 18, 2015

      Japan’s DPJ elects Okada as new leader

      Prime minister Shinzo Abe’s dominance over Japanese politics received a further boost after the main opposition party opted...

    23. January 14, 2015

      Japan approves record Y96tn budget

      Shinzo Abe’s cabinet on Wednesday approved the largest budget in Japan’s history, spending heavily to support the country’s...

    24. December 30, 2014

      Tokyo agrees first in series of corporate tax cuts

      The Japanese government has agreed the first in a series of promised corporate tax cuts, as it tries to encourage cash-rich...

    25. December 27, 2014

      Japan cabinet approves Y3.5tn stimulus spending

      TOKYO, Dec 27 - Japan’s government has approved stimulus spending worth Y3.5tn ($29bn) aimed at helping the country’s...

    26. December 26, 2014

      US, Japan and South Korea to share intelligence on North Korea

      South Korea, the US and Japan will sign a trilateral intelligence-sharing agreement on Monday to better cope with North...

    27. December 26, 2014

      Japan inflation slips to 14-month low

      Inflation in Japan dropped to a 14-month low in November, in what policy makers hope will be a temporary lull caused by the...

    28. December 24, 2014

      Abe sworn in as prime minister following election victory

      Shinzo Abe has been sworn in as Japan’s prime minister ten days on from the ruling party’s comfortable victory in a snap...

    29. 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...

    30. December 17, 2014

      The truth behind Shinzo Abe’s election ‘landslide’

      Who will win last week’s Japanese election? The question seems foolish, not to mention grammatically confused. Shinzo Abe’s...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. December 14, 2014

      Abe wins mandate to continue but not all Japanese convinced

      Shinzo Abe did not seem jubilant, or even terribly relieved. Instead, when Japan’s prime minister spoke on television late...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. December 12, 2014

      Resigned Japanese voters set to back Abe

      There is much to dislike about Shinzo Abe, according to Mari Sakikura, a 47-year-old systems engineer. She resents the...

    37. December 11, 2014

      Weak yen divisive for Abe ahead of Japanese election

      In an unusual leak during a stump speech, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently revealed Apple’s plan to build its...

    38. December 10, 2014

      Shinzo Abe faces feeble challenge from once-powerful DPJ

      Fuku Yamaguchi is, in many respects, a typical Japanese voter. The 71-year-old Shinjuku pensioner is mostly bemused by...

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