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    1. October 24, 2014

      Japan blighted by zombie housing

      Yoko Irie sweeps autumn leaves from the pavement outside the house that neither she nor anyone else has lived in for the...

    2. October 7, 2014

      McDonald’s Japan warns of loss after food safety scandal

      With sales crushed by a recent food safety scandal, McDonald’s Japan warned it expected to report an annual net loss of...

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    1. Japan: Technology & Innovation

      Japan’s automotive companies are competing hard to remain technological frontrunners b...
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    1. October 1, 2014

      Japan’s bullet train celebrates its 50th birthday

      It was with a mix of wistful nostalgia and pride that Japan celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Shinkansen bullet train....

    2. September 10, 2014

      Japan is creating jobs but workers do not prosper

      Something odd is going on with Japan’s labour market. Unemployment is at 3.7 per cent. Recently, it has been as low as 3.5...

    3. September 3, 2014

      Abe reshuffle promotes women but maintains conservatism

      Shinzo Abe refreshed his cabinet line-up on Wednesday for the first time since he returned to the Japanese prime minister’s...

    4. August 28, 2014

      Abe must keep his project on track

      Is Abenomics failing? Recent data from Japan are mixed at best. The core inflation rate, stripped of fresh food prices, fell...

    5. August 26, 2014

      Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s planned reshuffle no longer reliant on age

      Life as a lawmaker in Japan’s long-ruling Liberal Democratic party used to be a lot like life as a corporate salaryman: the...

    6. August 25, 2014

      Abenomics: Off target

      Three arrows, six obstacles It is never a good sign for a world leader when golfing becomes an object of scandal. As Barack...

    7. August 15, 2014

      Asahi retraction reignites Japan debate over wartime brutality

      In 1982, when a Japanese man claiming to be a former wartime labour administrator admitted he had helped kidnap hundreds of...

    8. August 5, 2014

      Author of disputed stem cell paper found dead

      A Japanese scientist who co-authored a discredited study purporting to describe a revolutionary method of creating stem...

    9. August 5, 2014

      Japan condemns ‘dangerous’ Chinese acts in defence white paper

      Japan took aim on Tuesday at what it called “profoundly dangerous” Chinese efforts to exert control of waters between the...

    10. July 30, 2014

      Japan’s industrial output falls back

      Fears of a serious knock to Japan’s economy caused by April’s increase in consumption tax intensified as industrial...

    11. July 7, 2014

      Japanese plans to restart Antarctic whaling spark NZ anger

      Japan’s plan to resume its Antarctic whale hunts has been criticised by the New Zealand government, which supported a UN...

    12. July 1, 2014

      Japan’s Tankan business survey falls after consumption tax rise

      Confidence among Japanese companies has dipped after of April’s consumption tax increase, marking the first drop since Prime...

    13. June 3, 2014

      Japan’s ‘misery index’ looks . . . well, miserable

      Fancy earning up to $800 a day? Get down to a Japanese construction site. Last year’s decision to award Tokyo the 2020...

    14. June 2, 2014

      Japan stands by immigration controls despite shrinking population

      On a recent television programme, Shinzo Abe was asked about one of Japan’s most politically delicate topics: immigration....

    15. May 15, 2014

      Abe seeks support to alter role of military

      Shinzo Abe laid out a broad programme on Thursday to loosen rules governing how Japan’s military can be deployed, saying he...

    16. April 21, 2014

      Asian diplomacy: Pivotal moment

      When Barack Obama arrives in Tokyo on Wednesday, he will be given the most lavish welcome Japan has offered a US president...

    17. April 11, 2014

      Lights dim for Japan’s pachinko parlours

      It is the familiar background music of every Japanese shopping street: a cacophony of mechanical bleeps and rattles,...

    18. April 2, 2014

      Japan’s welfare data hit record high despite Abenomics revival

      More than a year of economic growth in Japan has failed to stem a rise in the number of people on public assistance, with...

    19. March 27, 2014

      Japan to free longest-serving death row inmate

      A Japanese man said to be the world’s longest-serving death-row inmate has been released from prison after 48 years and...

    20. March 17, 2014

      How wars can be started by history textbooks

      When political leaders start rewriting the past, you should fear for the future. In Russia, Hungary, Japan and China, recent...

    21. March 10, 2014

      Japanese film director turns his camera on Fukushima fallout

      There is a scene part way through Nao Kubota’s Homeland, the first Japanese feature film set in post-nuclear Fukushima, when...

    22. March 7, 2014

      Japan-US relations hit new hurdle

      Barack Obama delighted Japan’s leaders last year by appointing Caroline Kennedy, celebrity and presidential progeny, as his...

    23. February 28, 2014

      Cash remains king in Japan

      When it comes to the ways in which people pay for stuff, perhaps no country is as simultaneously futuristic and traditional...

    24. February 12, 2014

      Abe’s ‘womenomics’ needs revolution not evolution

      “The female labour force in Japan is the most underutilised resource. Japan must become a place where women shine.” Thus...

    25. February 9, 2014

      Abe’s nationalism takes a worrying turn

      Much of the motivation for Abenomics, Japan’s bold gambit to breathe life into its economy, comes courtesy of Beijing. It...

    26. January 29, 2014

      Casio Computer: wrist action

      Anyone who had a Casio calculator watch in the 1980s knows that wearable tech is nothing new. Admit it: you also owned its...

    27. January 29, 2014

      Japanese boardrooms learn to love English

      English, the lingua franca of boardrooms and even, in some cases, factory floors from Paris to Nairobi, remains a distinctly...

    28. January 17, 2014

      Japanese soldier who kept on fighting dies at 91

      For 30 years the villagers knew they were up there, in the hills, stealing bananas and cows and sometimes firing on locals...

    29. January 17, 2014

      How Japan stood up to old age

      Akira Kawahito and Shigenobu Kambayashi don’t exactly look like doctors. Out on house calls in their compact car, with their...

    30. December 26, 2013

      Japanese PM provokes anger with Yasukuni war shrine visit

      Shinzo Abe has provoked anger in China and South Korea by visiting Tokyo’s Yasukuni war shrine, breaking an informal...

    31. December 9, 2013

      Japanese Q3 growth revised down

      Japan’s economy slowed more sharply in the third quarter than official estimates had previously suggested, revised...

    32. December 2, 2013

      Japan’s high-tech toilet makers seek UK sales

      The walls outside the otherwise minimalist bathroom cubicles in Toto’s London showroom are adorned with messy scraps of...

    33. December 2, 2013

      Start-up capitalises on Japan’s ageing population

      As an undergraduate in the late 1990s, Shuhei Morofuji was facing the traditional and laborious process of applying for jobs...

    34. December 2, 2013

      Abenomics brings dilemmas for business

      The outlook for Japan’s engineers and entrepreneurs is the brightest for 20 years – on the face of it. Prime minister Shinzo...

    35. November 7, 2013

      A guitar virtuoso attempts to become big outside Japan

      Tomoyasu Hotei grins as he recalls the compliment a member of the audience paid him at a gig last year in London: “I really...

    36. November 1, 2013

      Shinzo Abe under fire over plan for tougher Japanese secrets law

      Takichi Nishiyama made his name as a journalist in the 1970s by revealing that Japan had secretly promised millions to the...

    37. October 17, 2013

      Japanese banks put squeeze on gangsters

      Japanese gangsters are poised for a credit crunch after the country’s top banking lobby declared it was fed up with yakuza...

    38. October 14, 2013

      Japan offers an unsettling glimpse of all of our futures

      A few years ago Wired, the technology magazine, ran a regular feature called “Japanese schoolgirl watch”. The concept was...

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