Hiroshi Hiyama

For Hiroshi Hiyama's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan Inc. cautious on India despite prime ministers' love-in

Sep 10, 2014

Japan Inc. cautious on India despite prime ministers' love-in

Even as the friendship between Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi blossomed during the new Indian leader’s first foreign trip, Japan Inc. refused to get misty-eyed, wary of the pitfalls of doing business on the subcontinent. A five-day tour that began with a bear hug ...

Grim climate forecast expected

Mar 29, 2014

Grim climate forecast expected

International scientists on Tuesday kicked off a weeklong meeting in Japan that is set to deliver dark predictions on the impact of climate change, warning of severe floods and droughts that could spark conflict and wreck economies. Their report, set to be released on ...

Screen maker's IPO 'a disaster'

Mar 19, 2014

Screen maker's IPO 'a disaster'

Shares in Japan Display, the world’s biggest maker of screens for smartphones and tablets and a key Apple supplier, lost more than 15 percent of their value Wednesday following a $3.2 billion initial public offering. The stock, which at one stage lost more than ...

Mascot Kumamon turns cute into bear market

Mar 12, 2014

Mascot Kumamon turns cute into bear market

The clumsy bear mascot for a remote Kyushu farming region has rocketed to superstar fame and has notched up an unlikely marketing triumph in a nation obsessed with all things cute. The life-sized Kumamon and his now nationally ubiquitous image — red cheeks and ...

Japan, China envoys invoke 'You Know Who' in tit-for-tat editorials

Jan 6, 2014

Japan, China envoys invoke 'You Know Who' in tit-for-tat editorials

The diplomatic bickering between Japan and China descended into name-calling in the British press Monday, with ambassadorial claims and counter-claims again invoking the fictional evil wizard of the Harry Potter series, Lord Voldemort. In an opinion piece published in the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Tokyo’s ...

Yakuza clean up to do dirty work

Dec 10, 2013

Yakuza clean up to do dirty work

Mobsters driving flashy cars purchased with bank loans. Executives bowing in apology for loaning millions to those underworld figures. And high-level officials vowing to squash the yakuza. Japan Inc. is engulfed in its worst mob scandal in years and it’s shining a rare light ...

Firms on record M&A spree in Southeast Asia

Jul 25, 2013

Firms on record M&A spree in Southeast Asia

Japanese firms have spent record amounts scooping up assets in Southeast Asia this year, part of a trend that has seen Tokyo moving to boost its presence in the fast-growing region and away from China. As Prime Minister Shinzo Abe departed Thursday for a ...

Languishing 47 years on death row

Jul 9, 2013

Languishing 47 years on death row

Iwao Hakamada worked at a miso processing company in Shizuoka Prefecture when he was arrested and later sentenced to death for the grisly murder of his boss, Fujio Hashimoto, as well as Hashimoto’s wife and their two children. Hakamada was 30 years old. The ...

Shakeout looms in fledgling budget airline sector

Jun 25, 2013

Shakeout looms in fledgling budget airline sector

Japan’s budget airlines have flown into turbulence, with AirAsia’s local carrier in danger of being grounded. But analysts say the popularity of discount flying should keep the fledgling sector in the sky. Earlier this month, Malaysia-based AirAsia warned it might pull the plug on ...