Chikako Mogi

For Chikako Mogi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Stress tests urged to gauge lenders' risks in JGB crisis

May 9, 2014

Stress tests urged to gauge lenders' risks in JGB crisis

Japanese lenders should take stress tests to assess their ability to withstand swings in bond prices as the central bank’s unprecedented monetary stimulus saps trading volumes, one of its former executives said. A measure of price swings in government bonds briefly jumped to a ...

Skin divers turn to tourism to stem the tide

Apr 24, 2014

Skin divers turn to tourism to stem the tide

At the Sea People restaurant in Shima, a coastal hamlet in Mie Prefecture, sea diver Machiyo Yamashita wants a piece of a tourism industry dominated by the cities that sapped her town’s vitality by luring away its youth. “I want to cook and serve ...

Abe may reduce tax benefits for women

Apr 4, 2014

Abe may reduce tax benefits for women

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reflation campaign last year helped draw the most women to work since 1991. He now plans to add a stick to that carrot, scaling back tax benefits for spouses with limited earnings. The administration is reviewing rules that let about ...

Kuroda ¥100 wall reassuring Nomura after gains

Mar 24, 2014

Kuroda ¥100 wall reassuring Nomura after gains

The Bank of Japan’s stimulus is building a wall against the yen gaining beyond ¥100 to the dollar, amid an investor flight into the currency as a haven, according to Nomura Holdings Inc. The yen has climbed 3 percent against the greenback this year, ...

Abe eyes land-price reflation in zones to spur building boom

Jan 21, 2014

Abe eyes land-price reflation in zones to spur building boom

Japan wants to trigger a jump in inner-city property prices by loosening building restrictions in test zones under “Abenomics,” a government adviser said. “Central-city property prices will likely rise when various plans are announced,” Tatsuo Hatta, 70, a member of a government council on ...

Planned demolition bonds mark end of era

Jan 16, 2014

Planned demolition bonds mark end of era

After educating children since 1956, Kiyokawa Elementary School stands abandoned, its walls and roof crumbling because there are no longer enough pupils to fill it and the town can’t afford to demolish the building. The school, in Shonai, Yamagata Prefecture, is one of thousands ...

Takenaka touts Nikkei surge

Jan 9, 2014

Takenaka touts Nikkei surge

Stocks could surpass a level not seen since 2007 if the Abe administration pushes through in its drive to loosen business regulations, said Heizo Takenaka, a member of a government council on special economic zones. “Stocks have surged considerably, but they can still improve ...