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    1. October 22, 2014

      Japan: Power switch weighs on Abe

      When asked why it is taking so long to bring nuclear power back to Satsumasendai, Daisaku Fukuyama blows out his cheeks and...

    2. October 20, 2014

      Political scandals claim scalps of two Japanese ministers

      Scandals over political funding and donations have ensnared two of Japan’s newly appointed female ministers, dealing a...

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    1. October 19, 2014

      Abe balances tax rise against economic damage

      Shinzo Abe has hinted that he may delay increasing Japan’s consumption tax, saying the move would be “meaningless” if it...

    2. October 9, 2014

      Yen tensions emerge between Shinzo Abe and Haruhiko Kuroda

      Yen depreciation was supposed to be one of the key planks of Shinzo Abe’s plan to banish deflation and stimulate growth. But...

    3. September 26, 2014

      Japan inflation slips to 10-month low

      Japanese inflation fell to a 10-month low, according to data released on Friday, fuelling expectations that the central bank...

    4. September 10, 2014

      Tokyo governor backs public fund management shift

      The governor of Tokyo has thrown his weight behind moves to manage public money more aggressively, urging that a portion of...

    5. September 10, 2014

      Japan is creating jobs but workers do not prosper

      Something odd is going on with Japan’s labour market. Unemployment is at 3.7 per cent. Recently, it has been as low as 3.5...

    6. September 8, 2014

      Japan GDP revision raises further doubts on second sales tax rise

      April’s consumption tax rise dealt a heavier blow to Japan’s economy than initially reported, raising further questions over...

    7. September 3, 2014

      Abe reshuffle promotes women but maintains conservatism

      Shinzo Abe refreshed his cabinet line-up on Wednesday for the first time since he returned to the Japanese prime minister’s...

    8. September 3, 2014

      Japan prepares to tackle debt burden

      It was an odd sort of rallying cry. Just after Sadakazu Tanigaki’s appointment as secretary-general of Japan’s ruling...

    9. September 2, 2014

      India’s Narendra Modi chides China as he embraces Japan

      Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister, has issued a thinly veiled attack on Chinese “expansionism” during a visit to Tokyo,...

    10. August 28, 2014

      Abe must keep his project on track

      Is Abenomics failing? Recent data from Japan are mixed at best. The core inflation rate, stripped of fresh food prices, fell...

    11. August 26, 2014

      Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s planned reshuffle no longer reliant on age

      Life as a lawmaker in Japan’s long-ruling Liberal Democratic party used to be a lot like life as a corporate salaryman: the...

    12. August 25, 2014

      Abenomics: Off target

      Three arrows, six obstacles It is never a good sign for a world leader when golfing becomes an object of scandal. As Barack...

    13. August 15, 2014

      Asahi retraction reignites Japan debate over wartime brutality

      In 1982, when a Japanese man claiming to be a former wartime labour administrator admitted he had helped kidnap hundreds of...

    14. August 15, 2014

      Abe avoids visit to Yasukuni shrine

      More than 80 lawmakers from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party visited Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni war...

    15. August 8, 2014

      Japan’s current account returns to deficit

      Japan reported its second consecutive half-year current account deficit on Friday and its first for the January-to-June...

    16. August 5, 2014

      Japan condemns ‘dangerous’ Chinese acts in defence white paper

      Japan took aim on Tuesday at what it called “profoundly dangerous” Chinese efforts to exert control of waters between the...

    17. July 30, 2014

      Japan’s industrial output falls back

      Fears of a serious knock to Japan’s economy caused by April’s increase in consumption tax intensified as industrial...

    18. July 8, 2014

      Japan slams China over mushroom cloud map in newspaper

      Japan has hit out at China over a newspaper story that said Tokyo wanted another war and included a map showing mushroom...

    19. July 2, 2014

      Pacifist Japan is inching towards being ‘normal’

      Japan’s cabinet this week tore up what remains of the country’s war-renouncing constitution by declaring Tokyo’s right to...

    20. July 1, 2014

      Abe poised to defy protests and ease curbs on armed forces

      Japan’s cabinet has agreed to overhaul the country’s defence policy, ending a self-imposed ban on coming to the aid of an...

    21. July 1, 2014

      Japan’s Tankan business survey falls after consumption tax rise

      Confidence among Japanese companies has dipped after of April’s consumption tax increase, marking the first drop since Prime...

    22. June 16, 2014

      Shinzo Abe updates Japan’s ‘third arrow’ reforms

      Shinzo Abe has completed an update of his economic policy agenda, putting forward proposals on subjects from tax and...

    23. June 11, 2014

      Abe’s third arrow on economy quivers

      From Nato gatherings in Brussels to meetings of Asia-Pacific defence officials in Shanghai, Shinzo Abe has been an avid...

    24. June 3, 2014

      Japan’s ‘misery index’ looks . . . well, miserable

      Fancy earning up to $800 a day? Get down to a Japanese construction site. Last year’s decision to award Tokyo the 2020...

    25. June 2, 2014

      Japan stands by immigration controls despite shrinking population

      On a recent television programme, Shinzo Abe was asked about one of Japan’s most politically delicate topics: immigration....

    26. May 28, 2014

      Japan corporate governance: bright spot

      Corporate governance is big – once more – in Japan. Over the next few weeks a group of Liberal Democratic party lawmakers,...

    27. May 26, 2014

      Japan condemns China over jets’ close encounter

      Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and senior Japanese officials have criticised China over two weekend incidents in which Chinese...

    28. May 25, 2014

      Japan reformists face challenge over governance

      When Mizuho Financial Group confirmed it was moving to a western-style governance structure complete with an independent...

    29. May 22, 2014

      The perils of Asia’s nationalist power game

      India has a new prime minister; and each of Asia’s four most powerful nations is now led by a combative nationalist. The...

    30. May 15, 2014

      Abe seeks support to alter role of military

      Shinzo Abe laid out a broad programme on Thursday to loosen rules governing how Japan’s military can be deployed, saying he...

    31. April 22, 2014

      China opens door to more lawsuits against Japanese companies

      The seizure of a Japanese cargo ship by a Chinese court over compensation claims relating to the second world war could...

    32. April 21, 2014

      Asian diplomacy: Pivotal moment

      When Barack Obama arrives in Tokyo on Wednesday, he will be given the most lavish welcome Japan has offered a US president...

    33. April 2, 2014

      Japan’s welfare data hit record high despite Abenomics revival

      More than a year of economic growth in Japan has failed to stem a rise in the number of people on public assistance, with...

    34. April 2, 2014

      Asia follows China into an old-fashioned arms race

      Everyone knows about China’s arms build-up. Beijing’s defence budget has risen eightfold in 20 years. In that time it has...

    35. March 30, 2014

      Tokyo and Seoul must stop sniping

      Last week, Shinzo Abe and Park Geun-hye, leaders of Japan and South Korea respectively, met in a trilateral meeting arranged...

    36. March 27, 2014

      Consumption tax rise gives Abe something to chew on

      Call it the “beef bowl test” for Abenomics. On Tuesday, when Japan carries out a controversial increase in its national...

    37. March 25, 2014

      Japan poised to widen corporate tax base

      Japan is likely to widen its base of corporate taxpayers as it moves towards lowering business tax rates, one of Prime...

    38. March 25, 2014

      Mizuho to offer $1.5bn ‘bail-in’ bond

      Mizuho Financial Group has become the first of Japan’s banks to sell a “bail-in” bond that would force losses on investors...

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