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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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,...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. December 22, 2015

      The riff: Small beer is big in Tokyo

      An economist, a social historian and a behavioural psychologist walk into a Tokyo bar and see a sign offering Suntory...

    13. December 16, 2015

      Married name ruling a blow to women’s rights campaigners in Japan

      Married couples in Japan must keep using the same surname after the country’s supreme court ruled that a century-old...

    14. December 14, 2015

      Too much ‘medicine’ could make the finance system sicker

      Some say Japan was ahead of its time: the first developed economy to enter secular stagnation after a credit crunch,...

    15. December 14, 2015

      Murakami rejects stock manipulation claims

      The lawyer for Yoshiaki Murakami, Japan’s most notorious shareholder activist, has rejected allegations that he...

    16. December 10, 2015

      Champagne inspires a revival of Japanese towel-making

      Less than a decade ago, the secluded port of Imabari, on Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands, was facing...

    17. December 10, 2015

      US clamps down on Japanese Yakuza mafia

      The US government has frozen the assets of a former top Japanese mafia boss, as Washington steps up efforts to clamp...

    18. December 4, 2015

      Japan’s love affair with golf draws to a close

      Japan’s golf courses, the obsessively sculpted symbols of the bubble era, are closing at the rate of nearly one a week,...

    19. November 19, 2015

      Female entrepreneurs get a helping hand in a changing Japan

      Maria Mercedes Corrales knows well the challenges of navigating the corporate world of Japan as a female boss. When she...

    20. November 18, 2015

      Japan Inc shuns bonus scheme to boost female executives

      A Japanese government scheme offering substantial cash bonuses to small companies that promote women into senior...

    21. November 5, 2015

      Ageing Japan bets on ‘silver yen’ at Vegas-style casino daycare

      Slot machines chatter, playing cards slide over green baize, piles of chips mount at the baccarat table. The average...

    22. November 5, 2015

      Japan’s G7 host city drops manga mascot deemed sexist

      The Japanese city hosting a G7 summit has dropped its official mascot after complaints that the character is sexist and...

    23. November 3, 2015

      US military bases fuel Okinawa independence debate

      In a decrepit office below a billiard hall in the city of Naha, capital of Okinawa in southern Japan, a small group is...

    24. October 20, 2015

      Japanese universities need brighter ideas

      Japan has a fair claim to being the world’s oldest nation. Today, youth is its scarcest and most precious asset. This...

    25. October 13, 2015

      Ageing economies will grow old with grace

      What does the future hold for the world’s ageing populations? When experts try to answer this question, they often look...

    26. October 5, 2015

      Games on small screens create a big buzz in Japan

      The most striking feature of the Granblue Fantasy booth at the Tokyo Game Show was not the Valkyries and bikinied...

    27. October 2, 2015

      Japan’s economic strains laid bare by poor pensioners

      At 11.30am on June 30, 71-year-old Haruo Hayashizaki boarded a train bound for Osaka, poured gasoline over his head and...

    28. September 21, 2015

      Japan: End of the rice age

      The basin of the NP-WU10 is hand-moulded in an iron foundry for exquisitely even heating. The lid is platinum-coated to...

    29. September 17, 2015

      Japan security reforms clear last big hurdle

      Japan’s military forces will soon be free to fight in defence of their US allies after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s...

    30. September 11, 2015

      Yakuza split raises fears of violence among Japanese gangs

      They are renowned for their strict code of conduct, full-body tattoos and occasionally operatic violence, but a split...

    31. September 10, 2015

      Heavy downpour brings flooding in Japan

      Unprecedented rain in Japan unleashed heavy floods on Thursday that tore houses from their foundations, uprooted trees...

    32. September 3, 2015

      Japan to adopt wide-ranging national identity system

      Japan is to adopt one of the world’s widest-ranging national identity numbers, spanning everything from taxation to...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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:...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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