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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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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. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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,...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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,...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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,...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. April 16, 2016

      Japan warned not to devalue the yen

      Japanese officials were met by firm warnings not to devalue the yen as they took their quest to talk down the currency...

    26. April 11, 2016

      John Kerry makes historic visit to Hiroshima

      John Kerry has become the first sitting US secretary of state to visit a memorial to his country’s atomic bombing of...

    27. March 30, 2016

      A chance for Shinzo Abe to scrap a self-defeating tax rise

      The biggest problem with Abenomics, as the “three arrows” stimulus launched in 2012 by Shinzo Abe, prime minister, is...

    28. March 22, 2016

      China plays ball with its development lending

      When China announced in 2013 that it would create the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to lend to developing...

    29. March 18, 2016

      Japanese Government Bond yield hits record low

      The yield on the benchmark 10-year Japanese Government Bond dropped to a record low and equities wilted as investors...

    30. March 18, 2016

      North Korea fires ballistic missile into Sea of Japan

      North Korea has fired a mid-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, in its latest show of force to defy tougher...

    31. March 15, 2016

      Japan Inc: Heavy meddling

      At the height of its powers in the 1970s, Japan’s ministry of international trade and industry could turn spoons into...

    32. March 14, 2016

      Donald Trump’s rise sparks alarm in Japan

      As polls open for US primaries in Ohio and Florida, the political elite in Tokyo is starting to confront a...

    33. March 8, 2016

      Japan data revision trims fourth-quarter GDP contraction

      Japan’s fourth-quarter economic growth was revised up by 0.3 percentage points on Tuesday to a still gloomy annualised...

    34. March 6, 2016

      Japan taxpayers foot $100bn bill for Fukushima disaster

      The Fukushima nuclear disaster has cost Japanese taxpayers almost $100bn despite government claims Tokyo Electric is...

    35. March 4, 2016

      Abe choice for BoJ board signals determination on stimulus

      Shinzo Abe has nominated an obscure 70-year-old economist to replace the only woman on the Bank of Japan board in a...

    36. March 3, 2016

      Rock, paper, bullet-dodging drone? Robot hand wins every time

      A robotic hand — which can beat any human challenger at rock, paper, scissors — has thrust Tokyo university into one of...

    37. February 25, 2016

      The precarious state of the global economy

      In the seven years since it was elevated to the level of supposed guardian of global stability, the G20 grouping of...

    38. February 18, 2016

      Japan’s vanishing golf courses sum up Abenomics

      The golf courses of Japan are a useful financial indicator. As members succumb either to straitened circumstances in a...

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