Finbarr Flynn

For Finbarr Flynn's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

In quake-prone Japan, Kumamoto temblors stir worry of 'Tokyo X Day'

Apr 29, 2016

In quake-prone Japan, Kumamoto temblors stir worry of 'Tokyo X Day'

There’s nothing comical about this manga: office building windows shatter, trains derail and cars plunge from buckling bridges. It all happens at 4:35 p.m. on a day dubbed “Tokyo’s X Day.” This catastrophic scenario is depicted in a 300-page book on earthquake preparedness published ...

Mar 22, 2016

Hedge fund's computer says sell Japan debt after 19% gain

For Kyo Yamamoto, leaving investment choices to a computer rather than making his own calls has been the best strategy as unorthodox global monetary policies only worsen market volatility. Right now, the machine says sell Japan government bonds. GCI Systematic Macro Fund, a Japanese ...

Sep 29, 2015

Japan's cheap debt, aging population prompt ex-banker to shift focus

Saburo Nishiura is using Japan’s record-low borrowing costs to turn the nation’s shrinking population to his advantage. The 67-year-old former banker is the chief executive officer of Hulic Co., a developer with a concentration of commercial properties in Tokyo’s expensive Ginza district. But the ...