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    1. July 30, 2015

      Japan is justified in its new defence posture

      It is nearly 70 years since Japan’s surrender at the end of the second world war. In 1947, under US occupation, it...

    2. July 23, 2015

      Japan receives more tourists than it sends abroad

      A weaker yen, a boom in cruise holidays and a surge of Chinese shopaholics have pushed Japan across a historic...

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    1. July 22, 2015

      Abe’s Japan inches away from pacifism

      In 1960 Nobusuke Kishi, then prime minister, rammed through legislation to strengthen Japan’s military alliance with...

    2. July 21, 2015

      Japan ramps up warnings over China in maritime dispute

      Japan has ramped up warnings over the dangers posed by a more uncompromising China, highlighting satellite images of...

    3. July 17, 2015

      Shinzo Abe seeks to reassure China over Japan’s security bills

      Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe has sent a trusted ally to China to explain the controversial security bills just...

    4. July 17, 2015

      Japan scraps $2bn Tokyo Olympic stadium designed by Zaha Hadid

      Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe has waded into the battle over the ballooning cost of Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics, axing...

    5. July 15, 2015

      Shinzo Abe defies big protest to ram self-defence bill through Diet

      Shinzo Abe’s government has rammed a security law through a crucial parliamentary vote amid chaotic scenes of protest...

    6. July 9, 2015

      Abe seeks to turn debate back on to economy

      Shinzo Abe has claimed his Abenomics reforms are accelerating as he sought to reassure foreign investors who fear he...

    7. July 7, 2015

      Shinzo Abe faces setback on Japan security reform

      Shinzo Abe‘s attempts to push forward controversial security reforms may have suffered a setback after MPs from his...

    8. July 5, 2015

      Japan boosts aid to ‘Mekong five’ nations

      Japan has pledged Y750bn ($6.1bn) in aid to the “Mekong five” nations over the next three years as Tokyo seeks fresh...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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,...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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