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    1. August 23, 2015

      Japan protests after Russia PM visits disputed islands

      Japan has protested bitterly after Russia’s prime minister visited a disputed island in a row that threatens improved...

    2. August 20, 2015

      South Korea’s Park Geun-hye to attend China’s war commemorations

      South Korean President Park Geun-hye has accepted Beijing’s invitation to celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of...

    1. August 19, 2015

      Japan’s beer drinkers to be tested by tax man

      This summer’s crop of TV beer advertisements from Japan’s big three brewers has not veered far from tradition:...

    2. August 16, 2015

      Asia should focus more on the future than the past

      In Europe, the more time that passes from the terrible events of the second world war, the more the rancour diminishes...

    3. August 9, 2015

      Japanese men embrace inner cheapskate in booming discount retailers

      Despite rising wages, a surging stock market and three years of growth-boosting reforms under Prime Minister Shinzo...

    4. August 7, 2015

      Japan’s pacifist stance under threat

      At 8.15am on August 6 1945, the centre of Hiroshima vanished in a single white flash — obliterated by the first atomic...

    5. July 31, 2015

      Number of Japanese women in work reaches record high

      The number of working women in Japan has reached a record high as nursery places for toddlers increase and the...

    6. 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...

    7. July 10, 2015

      Handling of Julie Hamp may hurt Japan’s desire for diversity

      It was about time. Japanese police this week finally released former Toyota executive Julie Hamp who was arrested on...

    8. July 8, 2015

      Former Toyota executive freed without charge

      Julie Hamp, the former Toyota executive arrested on suspicion of illegally importing a prescription drug, was released...

    9. July 6, 2015

      Japan: Women in the workforce

      To Japanese mothers in search of enlightenment, Amazon.co.jp offers 138 different books on kyaraben — the intricate art...

    10. July 2, 2015

      Japan’s population slide set to accelerate

      Japan’s population fell by a record amount in 2014 but the drop was merely a shadow of what lies ahead. The pace of...

    11. June 25, 2015

      Tokyo told to send 1m elderly to provinces as ‘care crisis’ looms

      Many people dream of retiring to the countryside but the city of Tokyo has been told to help pensioners on their way by...

    12. June 22, 2015

      Japan karaoke rivals compete for silver yen

      Japan’s golden era of karaoke may have passed, but the companies supplying the technology for this quintessentially...

    13. June 7, 2015

      Japanese game hits back at the elderly’s time challenge

      The pinnacle of the weekend’s excitement, according to a salesman of custom-milled, boron-shafted mallets, will be the...

    14. June 3, 2015

      In defence of Europe’s long holidays

      Now June is upon us, office workers across Europe naturally turn their thoughts to summer holidays. In France these are...

    15. 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...

    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 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...

    19. May 3, 2015

      US fast-food chains return to Japan amid McDonald’s backlash

      Rebuffed once in the 1980s, a number of US fast-food chains from Taco Bell to Carl’s Jr are flocking back to the land...

    20. 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...

    21. April 30, 2015

      IBM and Apple team up to launch iPad for the elderly in Japan

      Apple and IBM are teaming up to develop a modified version of the iPad for millions of elderly people in Japan, in a...

    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 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. April 8, 2015

      Japan needs a working hours overhaul

      We will send our products to the people of the world Our hard work and toil like the sound of water Gushing from the...

    28. April 1, 2015

      World’s oldest person Misao Okawa dies aged 117 in Japan

      The number of living people who witnessed the 19th century has dwindled to four, after Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest...

    29. March 11, 2015

      Haruno Yoshida: breaking the mould for Japan’s working women

      As Haruno Yoshida glides into BT’s Tokyo office, her face breaks into a grin that shows little of the stress that comes...

    30. 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...

    31. March 6, 2015

      Tokyo’s children could find their voice if noise ban is reformed

      By law they should be seen and not heard, but Tokyo children may soon find their voices as the city rethinks rules...

    32. March 4, 2015

      Interview: Haruno Yoshida, Japan business lobby’s first female executive

      Haruno Yoshida, the first female head of BT’s Japanese unit, has always been on the side of “leaning in” when big job...

    33. 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...

    34. February 22, 2015

      Robots are not going to steal your job, says Yaskawa chairman

      A robot will not be stealing your job any time soon. Take it from the chief executive of one of the world’s largest...

    35. February 12, 2015

      Japan affirms pledge to raise consumption tax in 2017

      Japan’s public finances are in an “extremely severe” condition, Taro Aso, the finance minister, warned as he made his...

    36. February 2, 2015

      Japan’s response to terror must not be isolation

      The murder of two Japanese nationals by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or Isis, is the latest example of the...

    37. February 2, 2015

      Isis killing of hostages prompts Japan rethink on terrorism

      Japan awoke on Sunday morning to more than just the horrific murder of the journalist Kenji Goto. It also learnt that...

    38. January 28, 2015

      Jordan offers to swap prisoner for pilot held by Isis

      Jordan said on Wednesday it was willing to hand over an Iraqi woman jailed for her role in a 2005 suicide bomb attack...

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