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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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,...

    2. January 17, 2016

      Japan’s Abe calls for Putin to be brought in from the cold

      Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pressing for Russian President Vladimir Putin to be brought in from the cold,...

    3. December 29, 2015

      Why it took hawkish Abe to bury the hatchet with Seoul

      Shinzo Abe has a reputation for being a nationalist and a hawk. Yet in striking a deal with South Korea over wartime...

    4. December 29, 2015

      Asian neighbours give Japan ‘comfort women’ deal cautious welcome

      Japan and South Korea’s landmark settlement on “comfort women” received a cautious welcome across Asia on Tuesday, in a...

    5. December 28, 2015

      Tokyo and Seoul agree ‘comfort women’ settlement

      Japan and South Korea have agreed to settle the issue of wartime “comfort women” in a landmark deal that could...

    6. December 20, 2015

      Shinzo Abe sacrifices economic leverage for political vantage

      It is, on the surface, a fairly routine piece of politics: Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has done a deal with his...

    7. 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,...

    8. December 14, 2015

      Murakami rejects stock manipulation claims

      The lawyer for Yoshiaki Murakami, Japan’s most notorious shareholder activist, has rejected allegations that he...

    9. December 6, 2015

      Online broker accuses government over Japan Post float

      The president of Japan’s largest online brokerage has accused the government of hypocrisy over the $11.5bn flotation of...

    10. November 23, 2015

      Blast at Japan’s Yasukuni shrine for war dead

      Police closed a large section of Japan’s controversial Yasukuni war shrine on Monday and began a manhunt for a figure...

    11. November 20, 2015

      Abe bolstered by Japan opposition disunity

      Japan’s second-largest political party should dissolve itself, according to senior members of the Democratic Party of...

    12. November 19, 2015

      Female entrepreneurs get a helping hand in a changing Japan

      Maria Mercedes Corrales knows well the challenges of navigating the corporate world of Japan as a female boss. When she...

    13. November 5, 2015

      Ageing Japan bets on ‘silver yen’ at Vegas-style casino daycare

      Slot machines chatter, playing cards slide over green baize, piles of chips mount at the baccarat table. The average...

    14. November 3, 2015

      Mongolia courts ‘third neighbour’ Japan

      Mongolia must be a candidate for the unwanted title of the country worst hit by cratering commodity prices and the...

    15. November 3, 2015

      US military bases fuel Okinawa independence debate

      In a decrepit office below a billiard hall in the city of Naha, capital of Okinawa in southern Japan, a small group is...

    16. November 2, 2015

      Japan Post: Painful delivery

      The post office in Toyone village is a slab of bureaucracy encircled by Japan at its most gorgeous. Terraces of tea and...

    17. November 2, 2015

      Talks herald thaw in Japan-South Korea relations

      The leaders of South Korea and Japan on Monday held their first bilateral talks since May 2012, and agreed to push for...

    18. November 1, 2015

      S Korea, Japan and China agree to push for N Korea nuclear talks

      Leaders from east Asia’s three main powers have agreed to work towards resuming the long-stalled six-party talks aimed...

    19. October 28, 2015

      China, Japan and South Korea to resume annual trilateral summit

      Long-stalled summit talks between east Asia’s three main powers will resume on Sunday, South Korea said, after Chinese...

    20. October 26, 2015

      Abe woos Central Asia to counter China’s growing influence

      Shinzo Abe is on a whirlwind tour of Central Asia in an attempt to drum up business for Japanese companies and counter...

    21. 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...

    22. October 20, 2015

      Japanese universities need brighter ideas

      Japan has a fair claim to being the world’s oldest nation. Today, youth is its scarcest and most precious asset. This...

    23. October 13, 2015

      Okinawa governor revokes licence to build US military base

      The governor of Okinawa has revoked a permit to build a US military base in a flare-up of an issue that has plagued...

    24. October 6, 2015

      Trans-Pacific Partnership hands Abe a political victory

      Shinzo Abe has moved quickly to defuse an agricultural backlash as the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal brought...

    25. September 30, 2015

      China detains two alleged Japanese spies

      China has detained two Japanese citizens and accused them of espionage, the foreign ministry in Beijing confirmed on...

    26. September 17, 2015

      Japan security reforms clear last big hurdle

      Japan’s military forces will soon be free to fight in defence of their US allies after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s...

    27. September 17, 2015

      Political storm rages in Japan over sales tax relief plan

      Shoppers in Japan may have to hand over their tax ID number every time they go to the supermarket as part of a unique,...

    28. September 10, 2015

      Heavy downpour brings flooding in Japan

      Unprecedented rain in Japan unleashed heavy floods on Thursday that tore houses from their foundations, uprooted trees...

    29. September 9, 2015

      The third arrow of Abenomics: a scorecard

      It is sometimes called the “missing arrow” of Abenomics: on top of monetary and fiscal stimulus, Prime Minister Shinzo...

    30. September 3, 2015

      Japan to adopt wide-ranging national identity system

      Japan is to adopt one of the world’s widest-ranging national identity numbers, spanning everything from taxation to...

    31. August 30, 2015

      Peace protests grow in Japan contrast with Chinese militarism

      Tens of thousands of peace protesters thronged the streets of central Tokyo on Sunday, in the largest demonstrations...

    32. August 24, 2015

      Japan’s Abe rebuffs China invite to military parade

      Japan’s prime minister has rebuffed China’s invitation to a military parade marking the end of the second world war in...

    33. August 23, 2015

      Japan protests after Russia PM visits disputed islands

      Japan has protested bitterly after Russia’s prime minister visited a disputed island in a row that threatens improved...

    34. August 20, 2015

      South Korea’s Park Geun-hye to attend China’s war commemorations

      South Korean President Park Geun-hye has accepted Beijing’s invitation to celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of...

    35. August 17, 2015

      Japan: A pacifist’s plan to arm the world

      By 8.45am on February 19, 1942, almost 50 Japanese fighters and bombers had been launched from the deck of the Soryu...

    36. August 16, 2015

      Asia should focus more on the future than the past

      In Europe, the more time that passes from the terrible events of the second world war, the more the rancour diminishes...

    37. August 14, 2015

      Shinzo Abe upholds Japan war apology but shifts context sharply

      Shinzo Abe on Friday declined to issue his own clear apology for Japan’s wartime actions, as the prime minister...

    38. August 12, 2015

      Abe to reflect former apologies over war

      Shinzo Abe is likely to reuse crucial phrases from past Japanese apologies for the second world war on Friday’s 70th...

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