The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) led by Shinzo Abe has achieved a landslide victory in the election for the House of Representatives, the more powerful of the two houses in the Diet.
At the beginning of November the Japanese Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, announced an early general election on December 16 and the lower house of parliament was dissolved. The outcome of the election is likely to determine policy development for the Bank of Japan.
Shogo Maeda, Head of Japanese Equities, looks ahead into 2013
Why Japan has not lost its competitive edge.
As the first anniversary of the quake approaches, the progress of the country is commendable.
Shogo Maeda, Head of Japanese Equities, looks ahead into 2012
Prime Minister Naoto Kan - who received widespread criticism of his handling of the March tsunami and earthquake - announced his resignation on Friday 26th August, after nearly 15 months in office. Mr Yoshihiko Noda has been chosen as the new Prime Minister.
Saturday 18th June marked 100 days after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Shogo Maeda discusses the impact of the disaster...
Shogo Maeda, Head of Japanese Equities looks at Japan two months on from the disaster
Shogo looks at the market reaction to the earthquake in Japan
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