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Shijuro Ogata, former central banker who opened up Japan’s bureaucracy

blogs.ft.com — The World with Gideon Rachman Commentary on international affairs, with Gideon Rachman and his colleagues If you have yet to register on FT.com you will be asked to do so before you begin to read FT blogs. However, our posts remain free.
Lovely story of a (recently deceased) BOJ deputy governor who got Japanese bureaucracy to open up to western press. blogs.ft.com/the-world/2014…
RT @mcgregorrichard: Lovely obituary of Shijuro Ogata, the former central banker who helped open Japan’s bureaucracy to the world. http://t…
lovely obituary of Shijuro Ogata, the man who opened up Japanese bureaucracy to western media, by Jurek Martin blogs.ft.com/the-world/2014…
RT @fttheworld: Shijuro Ogata, former central banker who opened up Japan’s bureaucracy on.ft.com/1gPnu47

The Fragile Middle: Nigeria’s high living costs weigh on consumers

ft.com — "Those, those!", exclaims the girl, pointing to an outsized bag of marshmallows on the top of the shelf, way above her reach. "Please, those!" she insists. Her parents look at the price and hesitate for a few seconds, but five-year-old Tomiwa
The FT's 'The Fragile Middle' series -- How inequality is weighing on the new consumer class in #Africa ft.com/cms/s/0/49812c…
How Nigeria's high living costs weigh on its fragile middle. The latest in our @FT series by the great @Javier Blas2 ft.com/cms/s/0/49812c…

Director deals are signals worth pursuing

RT @JonathanEley: Great piece by Bryce Elder. Everywhere you look, insiders are selling shares: on.ft.com/1f1nxFX
RT @JonathanEley: Great piece by Bryce Elder. Everywhere you look, insiders are selling shares: on.ft.com/1f1nxFX
Great piece by Bryce Elder. Everywhere you look, insiders are selling shares: on.ft.com/1f1nxFX

From Noah to Moses, why the renewed interest in Bible films?

ft.com — ©The Kobal Collection As far back as I can remember, Easter weekend in my Toronto household has involved Mass, new white shoes for first my little sisters and now my little daughters, and a burnished, eyebrow-rippling Charlton Heston on our TV, solemnly hamming it up as Moses for hours on end.
RT @emilysteel: Some call it a sign from God. Others, a shrewd calculation by Hollywood. The biz behind the flood of Bible films: http://t.…
Some call it a sign from God. Others, a shrewd calculation by Hollywood. The biz behind the flood of Bible films: ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/2…

BlackRock challenges UK life insurers

ft.com — BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, is set to mount an aggressive challenge to UK life insurers, after concluding that the Government's pension reforms could lead to the collapse of the annuities market. Robert Kapito, BlackRock's
UK pension reform puts $25bn of "money in motion", says BlackRock. "Huge opportunity" to snatch share from annuities on.ft.com/1jQwvdB

China admits widespread soil pollution in ‘state secret’ report

ft.com — One-fifth of China's agricultural land is polluted, particularly in the country's southern rice baskets, according to a sobering government report previously classified as a "state secret". Soil pollution, including hazardous levels of cadmium,

The birth of a new media species

ft.com — ©Andy Martin Earlier this month, reporter turned hedge-fund manager Neil Barsky threw a lively party in an apartment close to Central Park. As guests crammed into the room, it became clear that the event had at least two agendas.

Rebasing highlights Nigeria’s inequalities

ft.com — Some time around the time of independence from Britain in 1960, Nigeria began to be referred to as the Giant of Africa, a promise that soon fizzled out in the wake of a civil war and a succession of military dictatorships. Today Nigeria is once more

Sweet surrender - FT.com

ft.com — ©Ingram Pinn Over Easter your household may harbour rather more chocolate than usual. Some of it may even find its way into chocolate-based desserts. But can chocolate be paired with wine? Convention and most wine literature says not.

Time to stop worrying and learn to love a stronger pound

ft.com — They never told us we could do that," said Sidney Webb, a bruised former minister, when Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald took Britain off the gold standard in 1931. So began a curious love affair with currency depreciation that permeates the British

China Resources chairman in probe as anti-corruption net widens

ft.com — The chairman of one of China's largest state-owned conglomerates is being investigated by the Communist party after he was publicly accused of massive corruption and of having an extramarital affair with a UBS banker. Song Lin, chairman of China
RT @mcgregorrichard: Now official: China Resources boss in CCP custody after UBS-employed "mistress" found laundering money for him. http:/…

Japan sets sights on strengthening South China Sea surveillance

ft.com — For years, the sole armed force protecting Japan's westernmost inhabited territory - the sleepy island of Yonaguni, population 1,500 - has been two police officers. That will soon change: a new military radar base is to be completed on the island in
Japan sets sights on strengthening South China Sea surveillance - FT.com on.ft.com/1lg68NB via @FT

Tanzania's cola wars

video.ft.com — Tanzania's cola wars Apr 18, 2014 : Competition between Tanzania's fizzy drinks producers is hotting up and giving Coca-Cola a run for its money. Katrina Manson reports from Dar es Salaam on the challenges facing those retailers trying to tap the country's fragile middle.
FT VIDEO: The new middle class in #Africa - and its fragility - @KatrinaManson reports from Dar es Salaam on.ft.com/1gPSCjY

Bank of Japan chief reassures Shinzo Abe over Japanese inflation

ft.com — Japan's central bank governor sought to reassure Shinzo Abe on Tuesday that he would not allow the country to fall back into deflation, promising further monetary easing should a year-long rise in prices stall. "If there is a diversion from the path
Bank of Japan chief reassures Shinzo Abe over Japanese inflation: on.ft.com/1gYrScZ #FT

Arrest warrant sought for South Korea ferry captain

ft.com — By Song Jung-a in Seoul Vigil for ferry victims as search continues South Korean investigators are seeking an arrest warrant for the captain and two other crew members of the capsized ferry, police said on Friday, as the search for 268 missing
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