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 ...

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 ...