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    1. August 12, 2016

      Japan’s abdication dilemma pits modernisers against nationalists

      Emperor Akihito has had a good run. As the first Japanese emperor to ascend the throne as a “symbol of the state”...

    2. August 8, 2016

      Japan’s emperor Akihito reveals desire to abdicate

      Japan’s Emperor Akihito signalled his intention to abdicate in an emotional speech that could open up debate on how the...

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    1. G7: Japan

      The main focus at this year’s G7 summit in Japan will be the struggling world economy,...
    2. Japan

      This section, jointly produced with Nikkei, asks if success in reigniting growth and d...
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    1. August 8, 2016

      Chinese vessels raise tension with Japan

      China has deployed additional coast guard patrols to a disputed region of the East China Sea in the face of Japanese...

    2. August 5, 2016

      The woman who defied the odds to become Tokyo governor

      It was late on Sunday evening and Tokyo’s biggest broadcaster had a question for the woman who had just won the city’s...

    3. August 3, 2016

      Abe picks hardline nationalist as Japan defence minister

      Shinzo Abe has appointed a hardline conservative as Japan’s new defence minister in a move likely to worsen relations...

    4. August 3, 2016

      North Korean missile lands near Japan

      Tokyo on Wednesday condemned North Korea’s latest missile test as an “unforgivable, reckless act” after the weapon...

    5. August 2, 2016

      Japan’s stimulus package: will it work?

      Japan has launched a new fiscal stimulus that it bills at a massive ¥28.1tn ($276bn). The package marks a shift back to...

    6. July 27, 2016

      Kuroda set to dash hopes of ‘helicopter money’ for Japan’s economy

      Haruhiko Kuroda is set to dash market hopes for ”helicopter money” on Friday but there is a high chance the Bank of...

    7. July 14, 2016

      Abe’s constitution dream collides with Buddhist allies

      For a moment on Sunday night, it seemed like the dream of Japanese conservatives was in their grasp, as prime minister...

    8. July 11, 2016

      Japan polls open the way to constitutional change

      Shinzo Abe’s decisive victory in elections to Japan’s upper house makes him something of a rarity in today’s...

    9. July 11, 2016

      Shinzo Abe plans stimulus before push on constitution

      Shinzo Abe will bide his time before pushing to change Japan’s constitution after an overwhelming victory in Sunday’s...

    10. July 11, 2016

      Shinzo Abe wins sweeping victory in Japan elections

      Shinzo Abe has won a sweeping victory in elections to Japan’s upper house and there is now a parliamentary...

    11. July 8, 2016

      Abe within reach of crucial supermajority

      Shinzo Abe is within reach of a parliamentary supermajority that would let him realise his dream of revising Japan’s...

    12. July 4, 2016

      Japan fears Brexit blow to EU arms embargo on China

      Japan fears Brexit will lead to an eventual lifting of the EU arms embargo on China, as the consequences of Britain’s...

    13. June 24, 2016

      Japan bourse takes market lessons to school children

      After decades of largely fruitless efforts to persuade Japanese to switch more of their abundant bank deposits into...

    14. June 22, 2016

      Japan spooked by naval mystery in East China Sea

      At about 9.50pm on the evening of June 8, a Russian destroyer and its support vessels sailed north into the 24-nautical...

    15. June 20, 2016

      Japan’s precipitous short yen position

      The year 2015 saw a record 2,508 mountaineering accidents in Japan: a product, the authorities say, of people ascending...

    16. June 20, 2016

      IMF urges Japan to ‘reload’ Abenomics

      Japan must redouble economic stimulus or admit that it will take years to reach inflation of 2 per cent, the...

    17. June 19, 2016

      Thousands of Okinawans protest over US military presence

      Tens of thousands of Japanese staged an impassioned protest in Okinawa on Sunday as anger intensified over the...

    18. June 15, 2016

      Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe resigns over expenses scandal

      The governor of Tokyo has resigned after allegations he used political funds to pay for artworks and family holidays,...

    19. June 15, 2016

      Japan’s foreign aid agency to slow lending after $20bn splurge

      Japan’s foreign aid agency must slow its pace of lending, its chief has said, after a $20bn financing splurge last year...

    20. June 14, 2016

      Japanese government bond yields fall to fresh lows

      Yields on Japanese government bonds crumpled to record lows on Tuesday as jittery investors sought safety in sovereign...

    21. June 13, 2016

      Fitch lowers outlook on Japan

      Fitch Ratings on Monday lowered its outlook on the world’s most indebted country to negative, saying it doubted Japan’s...

    22. June 7, 2016

      US Navy bans alcohol in Japan

      The US Navy has placed an indefinite alcohol ban across all its bases in Japan in an effort to teach 18,600 sailors the...

    23. June 3, 2016

      Shinzo Abe’s ‘womenomics’ programme all at sea

      As a success story of Japan’s “womenomics” programme, Miho Otani seems to offer it all: a working, mid-forties mother...

    24. June 2, 2016

      Mitsubishi Materials settles with Chinese forced labourers

      A Chinese lawyer suing a Japanese company for reparations over wartime forced labour said on Thursday that despite a...

    25. June 1, 2016

      Japan’s sales tax delay raises questions about economy

      The decision by Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe to delay a rise in consumption tax until October 2019 will be...

    26. May 27, 2016

      Barack Obama allays concerns about his Hiroshima visit

      When President Barack Obama decided to visit Hiroshima, many wondered whether he could do so without apologising for...

    27. May 27, 2016

      Barack Obama makes historic visit to Hiroshima

      Barack Obama has become the first sitting US president to confront the consequences of using an atomic bomb as he...

    28. May 25, 2016

      Opportunity or threat — the G7’s China challenge

      There is a new facet to China and Japan’s increasingly bitter economic and geopolitical rivalry — international...

    29. May 25, 2016

      G7 leaders should address security risks in East Asia

      When Europe’s heads of government attend the G7 summit in Japan on Thursday, their minds are likely to be focused on...

    30. 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,...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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