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    1. 15 hours ago

      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...

    2. 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 decline...

    1. 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...

    2. 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 Japanese...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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 of...

    7. 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 their...

    8. 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 publishing an...

    9. 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 of...

    10. 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...

    11. 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 tie-up...

    12. 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 joint...

    13. 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...

    14. 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 two...

    15. 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 address...

    16. 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 to...

    17. 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 spring...

    18. 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...

    19. 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 from...

    20. 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 dandy....

    21. 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 demanding...

    22. 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...

    23. 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 the...

    24. 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 robotics...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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 if a...

    29. January 12, 2015

      Japan puts secular stagnation thesis to the test

      Watch Japan. Such advice has long been rare, except on “lost decades” or the risks of nuclear power. But for the next 12...

    30. January 5, 2015

      Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market dishes up catch of the year

      Even for the world’s richest food connoisseurs, a price tag of $37,500 for a single frozen tuna appears outlandish. But for...

    31. January 2, 2015

      Japan 2014 births fall to lowest on record

      Deaths outnumbered births in Japan last year by the widest margin on record, underscoring the scale of the challenge facing...

    32. January 1, 2015

      Japan’s female truckers move into the driving seat

      Rumi Yoshida manoeuvres her 10-tonne lorry to a halt and leans back in her cabin after nine hours delivering food and drink...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. December 11, 2014

      Chivalry holds Japanese women back

      Japan’s carmakers are gleaming symbols of industrial strength. But there is one area in which they are not so shiny yet:...

    37. 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...

    38. 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....

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