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    1. 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...

    2. June 30, 2016

      Japan’s salarymen have little cash to play with

      After more than three years of growth policies, a $2.5tn quantitative easing programme and an all-out campaign to...

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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 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...

    3. 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,...

    4. June 7, 2016

      Japan robot maker to tackle loneliness with R2-D2-like machine

      After a stint at SoftBank creating the world’s most famous companion robot, Kaname Hayashi, the “father” of Pepper, is...

    5. June 3, 2016

      Abandoned boy sparks Japan parenting debate

      Japan has been convulsed by a national debate on parenting after a seven-year-old boy was abandoned in a bear-inhabited...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. May 29, 2016

      Age survey underlines pressures on Japan

      Some 45 per cent of Japan’s households now include one person aged 65 years or more, government figures show,...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. May 10, 2016

      Barack Obama to make historic trip to Hiroshima

      Barack Obama will make a historic trip to Hiroshima in two weeks, becoming the first sitting president to visit one of...

    13. May 4, 2016

      Japan’s tuna imports fall as young prefer steak to sushi

      The Japanese are scaling back their raw tuna sashimi and sushi consumption as burgers and steak continue to gain...

    14. May 2, 2016

      The curse of the salaryman

      The May editions of Salaryman and Enterprising Japan are cutting-edge commuter fodder: profiles of star CEOs jostle...

    15. 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...

    16. April 25, 2016

      Future foretold in the fate of a salaryman’s mini-holiday

      The baby-boomers are retiring, a quarter of the population is already over 65 and becoming bored, the sparkle of...

    17. April 24, 2016

      Practical guide to pitfalls of part-time work goes viral in Japan

      When a group of Japanese university professors compiled a practical guide to protect students from the clutches of...

    18. April 17, 2016

      Quake aftershocks ripple across southern Japan

      Southern Japan rocked by 6.5 magnitude quake Aftershocks rippled across the southern island of Kyushu on Sunday after a...

    19. March 27, 2016

      Japan’s elderly turn to life of crime to ease cost of living

      Japan’s prison system is being driven to budgetary crisis by demographics, a welfare shortfall and a new, pernicious...

    20. March 21, 2016

      Japan’s funeral sector adapts as ‘peak death’ looms

      Japan’s Y2tn funeral business is undergoing a wholesale cultural transformation as the world’s third-biggest economy...

    21. 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...

    22. March 15, 2016

      The legacy of the Japanese salaryman

      I had heard about jobs in Japan being for life and the fealty this can demand, but I hadn’t expected it to also apply...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. February 4, 2016

      Japan birth rate recovery questioned

      A recovery in Japan’s birth rate under way since 2005 is a statistical quirk that does not reflect a fundamental...

    27. January 24, 2016

      Pop stars go out of tune in corporate Japan

      After decades of relying on boybands to endorse everything from beer and cars to hair gel and DIY stores, corporate...

    28. January 21, 2016

      Japan pins hopes on Pepper the mechanical playmate

      There is something rather stressful, as you watch a five-year-old gaze adoringly into a pair of glowing eye sockets,...

    29. January 14, 2016

      Globalisation 2.0 — an optimistic outlook

      This is the text of a speech delivered by the editor of the Financial Times at the inaugural Nikkei-FT symposium in...

    30. January 13, 2016

      Japan: Deflated generation

      With the magnificent Meiji Jingu shrine behind them, kimono brocades catching the sun and their coming-of-age ceremony...

    31. January 11, 2016

      Larry Summers: ‘An isolated Japan will fall further behind’

      Larry Summers, formerly US Treasury secretary, chief economic adviser to President Obama and president of Harvard, is...

    32. January 11, 2016

      Are Japanese robots losing their edge to Silicon Valley?

      When robots were called into service at the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant after the 2011 tsunami, they were not...

    33. January 11, 2016

      Editors’ note: the Nikkei and the FT take a closer look at Japan’s Globalisation 2.0

      Lionel Barber, FT editor For more than a century, the Financial Times and Nikkei have acted as trusted chroniclers of...

    34. January 11, 2016

      Corporate Japan struggles to promote women workers

      For those hoping to empower Japan’s women and unleash the economic might of the country’s “silent asset”, the term...

    35. January 7, 2016

      Rationing hits Japan’s nappy trade as Chinese demand soars

      With the shops in Tokyo’s Ginza district preparing to close for the day, and the tour guide begging they return to the...

    36. December 29, 2015

      Why it took hawkish Abe to bury the hatchet with Seoul

      Shinzo Abe has a reputation for being a nationalist and a hawk. Yet in striking a deal with South Korea over wartime...

    37. December 29, 2015

      Asian neighbours give Japan ‘comfort women’ deal cautious welcome

      Japan and South Korea’s landmark settlement on “comfort women” received a cautious welcome across Asia on Tuesday, in a...

    38. December 28, 2015

      Tokyo and Seoul agree ‘comfort women’ settlement

      Japan and South Korea have agreed to settle the issue of wartime “comfort women” in a landmark deal that could...

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