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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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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. June 8, 2014

    Growing silver economy signals big winners

    Over the past three years, Japanese people bought more nappies for adults than they did for babies. The “silver” economy,...

  2. 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...

  3. 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....

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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,...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. September 30, 2013

    Japan VAT hike to test Shinzo Abe’s political popularity

    The next time you hit the shops, what would you say to paying consumption tax of 8 per cent? Sound good? If you’re reading...

  29. September 26, 2013

    Tepco to seek restart of Japan nuclear plant

    Tokyo Electric Power could restart one of its idled nuclear plants for the first time since the Fukushima disaster in 2011,...

  30. September 23, 2013

    Baseball reflects Japan’s changing economy

    Baseball, America and Japan’s shared national pastime, is a useful window through which to view the two countries’...

  31. September 20, 2013

    Abe picks corporate tax fight

    Shinzo Abe has wasted no time picking his next tax battle. The Japanese prime minister has not yet formally announced his...

  32. September 9, 2013

    Revised growth data boost Japan sales tax calls

    Japan’s economy expanded at a significantly faster rate in the second quarter than initially reported, increasing the...

  33. September 6, 2013

    Seoul widens ban on Japanese fish imports over radiation fears

    South Korea on Friday banned all fish imports from eight Japanese prefectures amid growing concern over radioactive...

  34. September 1, 2013

    Abenomics fuels Japanese housing growth

    Naomasa Murata got married two years ago, but it was not until April this year that the 38-year-old researcher decided to...

  35. August 2, 2013

    Sales tax rise to hit Japanese growth

    Japan’s economic recovery will slow to a crawl next year if Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approves a planned sales tax increase,...

  36. July 3, 2013

    Abenomics boosts LDP ahead of upper house elections

    Four years ago, after Japan’s conservative Liberal Democrats suffered their first general election defeat in half a century,...

  37. June 12, 2013

    Japan grapples with lack of entrepreneurs

    All Hiromi Yamaguchi wanted to do was to sell coffee to pinball addicts. But to get his business up and running he had to...

  38. June 11, 2013

    Bank of Japan raises assessment of Japanese economy

    The Bank of Japan raised its assessment of the Japanese economy for the sixth straight month on Tuesday, noting a “pick-up”...

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