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      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...

    2. 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...

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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. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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....

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. November 17, 2014

      Japan: tuneless

      “Pulling out all the stops” refers not to opening a dam to let the waters gush, but rather to the opening of the valves on a...

    27. November 17, 2014

      Sales tax tips Japan back into recession

      Japan is poised for a snap election after its economy tipped into a technical recession, increasing the odds that prime...

    28. November 16, 2014

      Shinzo Abe suffers setback in Okinawa elections

      A candidate opposed to the relocation of a US naval base appears to have won an emphatic election victory in the Japanese...

    29. November 16, 2014

      Japan’s Abe should seek more than a mandate if he calls election

      Shinzo Abe is stuck between a public overwhelmingly opposed to another increase in Japan’s consumption tax rate, and a...

    30. November 14, 2014

      Asahi’s sex slave ‘comfort women’ stories polarise Japan

      The mood was tense when Tadakazu Kimura took the floor at an unusual Asahi Shimbun newspaper town hall meeting last month....

    31. November 14, 2014

      Japanese markets unfazed by poll talk

      Financial markets in Japan defied fears that delaying a tax increase would send panicked investors rushing, instead ending...

    32. November 13, 2014

      Shinzo Abe on verge of calling snap general elections in Japan

      Shinzo Abe is on the brink of his biggest political gamble. Japan’s prime minister seems set to go to the polls next month,...

    33. November 12, 2014

      Abe is a man on a mission – destination unknown

      Such is the contrast between Shinzo Abe’s lacklustre first term as prime minister and his supercharged, hyperactive...

    34. November 11, 2014

      Talk emerges of snap election in Japan

      Speculation is mounting that the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, will call a snap general election next month, as he...

    35. November 11, 2014

      Yen drop widens Japan’s current account surplus

      Japan posted its widest current account surplus for a year-and-a-half in September as the drop in its currency boosted...

    36. November 10, 2014

      A ray of hope for China’s relationship with Japan

      The handshake in Beijing between Xi Jinping and Shinzo Abe marks an important moment in the hitherto fraught relationship...

    37. November 10, 2014

      Xi and Abe hold landmark summit

      China and Japan took a significant step towards mending their abysmal relationship on Monday as President Xi Jinping and...

    38. November 7, 2014

      China and Japan to resume security talks

      Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Friday his government was laying the ground for a bilateral summit with China on...

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