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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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,...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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,...

    30. December 14, 2015

      Murakami rejects stock manipulation claims

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

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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,...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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