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Toshiba case points to whistleblower law's shortcomings

Jul 24, 2015

Toshiba case points to whistleblower law's shortcomings

One of the more intriguing questions stemming from the Toshiba accounting scandal is this: Where was the whistleblower? Top executives at the industrial conglomerate, which makes everything from refrigerators to nuclear reactors, padded pretax profit by at least ¥152 billion over six years, according ...

GPIF head says no need to be 'bang on' with asset targets

Jul 16, 2015

GPIF head says no need to be 'bang on' with asset targets

The world’s biggest pension fund, nearing the end of a plan to shift its asset mix and bulk up on equities, need not rush itself to reach new allocation targets, according to its president. The ¥135 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund should be flexible ...

Megabank dividends lure funds from bonds

Feb 27, 2015

Megabank dividends lure funds from bonds

As Japan’s sovereign bond yields languish near zero, the regular payouts to shareholders of the megabanks are starting to appeal to a wider group of investors. The average dividend yield of the Topix Banks Index, the payout relative to the share price, was at ...

Improved 'competitiveness' key to wage hikes, labor chief says

Jan 22, 2015

Improved 'competitiveness' key to wage hikes, labor chief says

Restoring industrial competitiveness is the key to fueling wage gains that the Abe government and the central bank are counting on to ensure inflation takes hold, according to labor minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki. “We have to think about why wages haven’t risen,” Shiozaki said in ...

Record bearish stock bets reflect skepticism over Abenomics

Jan 8, 2015

Record bearish stock bets reflect skepticism over Abenomics

Bearish bets on Japanese stocks have surged to a record level because foreign investors are increasingly skeptical that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will succeed in reviving the economy, according to financial services company Reorient Group Ltd. Short-selling of shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange ...