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    1. June 30, 2015

      Japanese politicians sweat in the city to pass Abe’s pet project

      Summer in Japan. First the air turns damp, then the rain pours, before June gives way to the sweaty heat of July and all of...

    2. June 29, 2015

      Shinzo Abe accused of ‘emasculating Japanese media’

      When Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke on the southern island of Okinawa last week he faced loud heckling — but...

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    1. June 19, 2015

      Hedge fund bets against Japanese shares hit record levels

      Bets against Japanese share prices rising in the future reached a record level this week, challenging the euphoria over the...

    2. June 15, 2015

      Shinzo Abe’s approval ratings fall to new low

      Shinzo Abe’s poll ratings are at their lowest since taking up his second spell in office in 2012 as the Japanese prime...

    3. May 31, 2015

      Japan prepares to lower voting age

      The world’s most rapidly ageing society is preparing to lower its voting age from 20 to 18 and Natsuki Uchiyama, a...

    4. May 19, 2015

      Rise in graduate jobs as Japan’s labour market tightens

      A near-record 96.7 per cent of Japan’s new university graduates have found jobs this year in a sign of the country’s...

    5. May 18, 2015

      Obama’s Pacific trade deal will not tame China

      Why is Barack Obama so desperate to secure a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal? The long-winded official answer is that...

    6. May 17, 2015

      Osaka’s residents reject plans to turn city into ‘metropolis’

      The people of Osaka have narrowly rejected a plan to abolish their municipality in a vote that highlighted the dilemma of...

    7. May 15, 2015

      Osaka to vote on metropolis status in bid to compete with Tokyo

      The dilemma of the world’s second cities will be acted out in Japan on Sunday as Osaka’s citizens vote on abolishing their...

    8. May 13, 2015

      Japan military reform poses threat to Abenomics

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, will this week push ahead with plans to loosen rules governing the military, even as...

    9. May 7, 2015

      Shinzo Abe rebuked over Japan’s stance on ‘comfort women’

      An international group of scholars has rebuked Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over his view of history by publishing an...

    10. May 1, 2015

      Japan edges back from brink of deflation

      Japan has edged back from the brink of deflation in a day of relief for the country’s central bank as core inflation rose to...

    11. April 30, 2015

      The west can look for answers in Japan’s lost decades

      Has Japan turned a corner? Three years after Shinzo Abe, prime minister, began deploying his three arrows of monetary...

    12. April 28, 2015

      Shinzo Abe, Barack Obama and the TPP: what you need to know

      Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, is in Washington this week to meet US President Barack Obama and address a joint...

    13. April 26, 2015

      US should back Japan but not at any price

      When Shinzo Abe begins his week-long tour of the US on Monday, Washington will treat him as a friend. As well as being...

    14. April 24, 2015

      Japan makes arrest after drone lands on roof of Abe’s office

      Japanese police arrested a man who allegedly dropped a small drone laced with traces of radiation on the prime minister’s...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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,...

    24. 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...

    25. 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....

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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