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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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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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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. December 9, 2014

      Japan’s voters see no alternative to Abe and his reflation plan

      Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic party is running on the slogan “There is no other way to economic recovery”. It is printed...

    27. December 5, 2014

      Fallen star Yuko Obuchi aims to rise again in Japan’s election

      Taking off her shoes and standing on a beer box with tears welling in her eyes, Yuko Obuchi, Japan’s disgraced former trade...

    28. December 4, 2014

      Polls point to landslide victory for Abe’s party in Japan vote

      Polls in Japan suggest Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic party is on course for a landslide victory in an election on Sunday...

    29. December 3, 2014

      Japan: A ballot on Abenomics

      If the aim of a snap election is to take everyone by surprise, then Shinzo Abe has played a blinder. Almost no one in Japan...

    30. December 2, 2014

      Australia rules out open tender for A$20bn submarine fleet

      Japan is in pole position to win the A$20bn contract to replace Australia’s ageing submarine fleet, edging out European...

    31. November 24, 2014

      China, Russia and the Sinatra doctrine

      For centuries European navies roamed the world’s seas – to explore, to trade, to establish empires and to wage war. So it...

    32. November 23, 2014

      Japan setback will not be the end of Abenomics

      Shinzo Abe wants to think of his premiership in terms of the three arrows he has wielded in the service of reflating Japan....

    33. November 21, 2014

      Abenomics fuels Japanese debate on widening inequality

      “Abenomics” has been a mixed blessing for shoeshop owner Yutaka Kobayashi. His wealthy elderly customers have continued to...

    34. November 20, 2014

      India’s Narendra Modi joins the great power game

      The world looks a different place through the other end of the telescope. For westerners, the crisis in Ukraine is about the...

    35. November 20, 2014

      Ex-minister Yuko Obuchi to defend seat in Japan’s snap election

      Yuko Obuchi, who quit last month after just six weeks as Japan’s trade minister, is set to run on the ruling party’s ticket...

    36. November 19, 2014

      BoJ governor quashes rebellion over easing programme

      Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan governor, has quashed a rebellion by board members opposed to last month’s extension of the...

    37. November 18, 2014

      Shinzo Abe delays tax rise and gambles on snap election

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, has gambled his political future by calling a snap election as he seeks to push back a...

    38. November 17, 2014

      Abe must fight to keep his project on track

      At the end of 2012, Shinzo Abe was returned to power in Japan on a promise to revive his country’s ailing economy after a...

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