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  • Cash-Hoarding Japan CEOs Made Index Pariahs in Abe Plan

    In Japan, where company strategies curtail return on equity to half the global average, the government has a new weapon to shame chief executive officers into boosting returns: a stock index.

  • Japanese Marketers Court Gays as Acceptance Grows

    With less than a 0.1 percent share of Japan’s car market, Alfa Romeo knew it couldn’t match the marketing muscle of local automakers such as Toyota Motor Corp., which together make nine out of 10 vehicles sold in the country.

  • Hosokawa Targets Tokyo’s Clout in Japan Nuclear Debate

    More than two decades after a short- lived effort to shake up Japanese politics, Morihiro Hosokawa is taking another crack at a lasting legacy -- with a bid to permanently shutter the nation’s nuclear reactors in a challenge to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • Abe Ends Year on Flagging Support, Needs Unified Cabinet

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this month completed a year in office with public support falling to the lowest yet. Abe’s fortunes next year will ride in part on the ability of his top spokesman to keep the cabinet unified as the government pushes economic and military reform.

  • Abe Ends Year on Flagging Support, Needs Unified Cabinet

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this month completed a year in office with public support falling to the lowest yet. Abe’s fortunes next year will ride in part on the ability of his top spokesman to keep the cabinet unified as the government pushes economic and military reform.

  • Japan Deployment Near Disputed Isles May Worsen Frayed Chinese Relations

    Japan may further damage already frayed relations with China if it moves military forces closer to a group of islets claimed by both nations, said Jeff Kingston , director of Asian Studies at Temple University’s Tokyo campus.

  • U.S. Bombers Fly Through China Air Zone in Boost for Japan

    Two unarmed American B-52 bombers flew through disputed areas of the East China Sea covered by China’s new air defense zone, a show of support for Japan as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks to expand his nation’s military.

  • Kan Program Boosted by Japan Poll Bounce After Yen Action, Ozawa's Defeat

    Prime Minister Naoto Kan ’s moves to weaken Japan’s currency and shake up his administration have made him more popular as he seeks broader support for his economic agenda after surviving a leadership challenge.

  • Fukushima Clouds Abe’s Bid to Start Nukes for Recovery: Economy

    Radiation spreading from Japan’s crippled Fukushima plant threatens to derail Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to revive nuclear power and deliver the lower energy prices needed to power his economic reforms.

  • Japan’s Losing Battle Against ’Goldman Sachs With Guns’

    Hollywood has long fetishized Japanese gangsters, with their full-body tattoos, missing pinkies and harems of buxom groupies. Ever since Sydney Pollack’s “The Yakuza” in 1974, the colorful mafiosi have provided regular fodder for directors including Ridley Scott and Quentin Tarantino.

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