Antoni Slodkowski

For Antoni Slodkowski's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan Inc. shops abroad to duck bleak domestic prospects

Feb 24, 2015

Japan Inc. shops abroad to duck bleak domestic prospects

With shrinking prospects at home and the threat of further yen weakness, Japanese companies are rushing to buy overseas and seem willing to pay top dollar, as shown by Japan Post’s $5 billion bid for Australia’s Toll Holdings. Over the long term, Japan’s demographics ...

Abe's 'drill bit' buckles on labor reform

Jun 29, 2014

Abe's 'drill bit' buckles on labor reform

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed at the World Economic Forum in Davos to take a “drill bit” to the “solid rock” of vested interests blocking reforms to Japan’s economy, executives at companies such as General Electric and IBM paid attention. In the months ...

'Japanese Only' sign sparks bigotry debate

Apr 16, 2014

'Japanese Only' sign sparks bigotry debate

For nearly two decades, Shunji Usui has been a fixture at Urawa Red Diamonds matches at Saitama Stadium in the suburbs of Tokyo, a face in the crowd among the most avid — and sometimes rabid — fans of any Japanese soccer club. In ...