Hiroko Komiya

For Hiroko Komiya's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Yen slide is unchecked by government ahead of election

Dec 9, 2014

Yen slide is unchecked by government ahead of election

Japanese officials have signaled their blessing of a weaker yen as polls show Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition may expand its Lower House majority in this weekend’s election. Finance Minister Taro Aso said Tuesday that the yen’s slide has helped improve the economy and ...

Kuroda softens yen stance as export pain eases

| Jul 18, 2014

Kuroda softens yen stance as export pain eases

Foreign-exchange traders detect a softening in Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda’s stance toward the stronger yen. While the currency has risen 4 percent this year to 101.31 per dollar, the central bank chief signaled this week he’s satisfied with the current exchange rate. ...

Yen's fading clout threat to BOJ inflation goal

| Mar 3, 2014

Yen's fading clout threat to BOJ inflation goal

The rising cost of overseas travel and imported goods such as Apple computers is spurring concern in Japan’s bond market that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s success in fueling inflation will be short-lived. ANA Holding Inc. and Haagen-Dazs Co. increased prices as the yen’s inflation-adjusted ...

Best yen analysts join skepticism of Abe

Dec 27, 2012

Best yen analysts join skepticism of Abe

Shinzo Abe’s return to the post of prime minister has fueled speculation his stimulus policies will extend the yen’s biggest drop since 2005. Domestic companies and the best currency forecasters aren’t so sure. The yen is down 9.9 percent this year and on Wednesday ...

Yen traders say Shirakawa missed the price target boat

Aug 21, 2012

Yen traders say Shirakawa missed the price target boat

Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa, who set the nation’s first inflation goal six months ago to halt a decade-long struggle with deflation, has failed to produce the weaker currency craved by exporters. The yen slid as much as 8.8 percent against the dollar ...

'Mrs. Watanabes' slam plan for margin-trading cap

Jul 3, 2009

'Mrs. Watanabes' slam plan for margin-trading cap

A plan to increase restrictions on Japan’s margin-trading market may drive individual investors away, paving the way for more volatile currency movements, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. The Financial Services Agency, which regulates the margin-trading industry, intends to cap the leverage permissible on ...