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    1. May 23, 2016

      South Korea backlash over Obama visit to Hiroshima

      Barack Obama’s planned trip to Hiroshima, a gesture aimed at reconciliation, has sparked dissension in South Korea,...

    2. May 18, 2016

      Japan can do a lot better than selling the yen

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, received a pleasant surprise on Wednesday when first-quarter gross domestic product...

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    1. May 11, 2016

      Obama seeks to seal Asian alliances with Hiroshima trip

      With the end of his presidency in sight, Barack Obama is racking up a series of legacy-friendly trips. Fresh from his...

    2. May 11, 2016

      Barack Obama’s difficult balancing act in Hiroshima

      President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima will be acutely sensitive for both Japan and the US. From a Japanese...

    3. May 1, 2016

      Abenomics is failing, warns Japanese opposition leader

      Abenomics is failing, the leader of Japan’s main opposition party has declared, as he warned the Bank of Japan against...

    4. April 29, 2016

      China and Japan seek to mend diplomatic fences

      Years of diplomatic sparring between China and Japan have created a dangerous public antagonism in the region,...

    5. April 26, 2016

      Japan pension fund chief moves to ease currency risk concerns

      The new head of Japan’s $1.3tn state pension fund — the world’s biggest investor — on Tuesday sought to allay fears...

    6. April 20, 2016

      Abenomics faces Hokkaido by-election test

      The fate of Abenomics may rest on a 43-year-old single mother and a 44-year-old salaryman as they prepare to fight a...

    7. April 19, 2016

      Japan warned over threats to press freedom

      Press freedom in Japan is under serious threat from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his government, according to a...

    8. April 16, 2016

      Japan warned not to devalue the yen

      Japanese officials were met by firm warnings not to devalue the yen as they took their quest to talk down the currency...

    9. April 11, 2016

      John Kerry makes historic visit to Hiroshima

      John Kerry has become the first sitting US secretary of state to visit a memorial to his country’s atomic bombing of...

    10. March 30, 2016

      A chance for Shinzo Abe to scrap a self-defeating tax rise

      The biggest problem with Abenomics, as the “three arrows” stimulus launched in 2012 by Shinzo Abe, prime minister, is...

    11. March 22, 2016

      China plays ball with its development lending

      When China announced in 2013 that it would create the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to lend to developing...

    12. March 18, 2016

      Japanese Government Bond yield hits record low

      The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese Government Bond dropped to a record low and equities wilted as investors...

    13. March 18, 2016

      North Korea fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

      North Korea has fired a mid-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, in its latest show of force to defy tougher...

    14. March 15, 2016

      Japan Inc: Heavy meddling

      At the height of its powers in the 1970s, Japan’s ministry of international trade and industry could turn spoons into...

    15. March 14, 2016

      Donald Trump’s rise sparks alarm in Japan

      As polls open for US primaries in Ohio and Florida, the political elite in Tokyo is starting to confront a...

    16. March 8, 2016

      Japan data revision trims fourth-quarter GDP contraction

      Japan’s fourth-quarter economic growth was revised up by 0.3 percentage points on Tuesday to a still gloomy annualised...

    17. March 6, 2016

      Japan taxpayers foot $100bn bill for Fukushima disaster

      The Fukushima nuclear disaster has cost Japanese taxpayers almost $100bn despite government claims Tokyo Electric is...

    18. March 4, 2016

      Abe choice for BoJ board signals determination on stimulus

      Shinzo Abe has nominated an obscure 70-year-old economist to replace the only woman on the Bank of Japan board in a...

    19. March 3, 2016

      Rock, paper, bullet-dodging drone? Robot hand wins every time

      A robotic hand — which can beat any human challenger at rock, paper, scissors — has thrust Tokyo university into one of...

    20. February 25, 2016

      The precarious state of the global economy

      In the seven years since it was elevated to the level of supposed guardian of global stability, the G20 grouping of...

    21. February 18, 2016

      Japan’s vanishing golf courses sum up Abenomics

      The golf courses of Japan are a useful financial indicator. As members succumb either to straitened circumstances in a...

    22. February 17, 2016

      Japan’s state pension fund blocked from direct stocks investments

      Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund has been blocked from investing directly in equities amid corporate fears...

    23. February 12, 2016

      Abe may leave office without ever seeing elusive 2% inflation

      Economists fear that Shinzo Abe and Haruhiko Kuroda will leave office without ever seeing inflation of 2 per cent as a...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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,...

    27. 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,...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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,...

    33. December 14, 2015

      Murakami rejects stock manipulation claims

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

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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