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      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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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:...

    15. 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...

    16. 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....

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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....

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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....

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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