Holger Spamann

For Holger Spamann's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Apr 22, 2012

Keep the wrecking ball at bay

I like Tokyo Tower. I will get used to the Tokyo Sky Tree (public opening due May 22), but for now I feel more for the familiar graceful lines and the more humane proportions of the older tower. It is an architectural icon, and ...

Oct 18, 2011

Economic trouble in China

The decision of China’s sovereign wealth fund to buy shares of four of the country’s biggest banks is a warning signal. The move to prop up the plummeting value of those institutions is intended to boost confidence; instead, it has highlighted the many unknowns ...

Jul 5, 2011

Power conservation in summer

On July 1, the government started imposing a 15 percent power consumption cut on large-lot users serviced by Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Tohoku Electric Power Co. Small-lot users, including households, are also called on to reduce power consumption by 15 percent. Other power ...

Jun 23, 2010

The beautiful game has an ugly blemish

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The quality of refereeing at the World Cup had been a source of relief until June 18, when referee Koman Coulibaly of Mali disallowed a perfectly legitimate goal by the United States that would have given it an all-important win ...

Mar 23, 2010

Redressing incentives for executives to fail

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — In a report just filed with the U.S. court that is overseeing the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, a court-appointed examiner described how Lehman’s executives made deliberate decisions to pursue an aggressive investment strategy, take on greater risks and substantially increase leverage. ...

Sep 4, 2009

The DPJ's sense of duty

Until the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ)’s win in Sunday’s election, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) had dominated Japanese politics for more than half a century except for short intervals. The impact on the U.S.-Japan alliance is still not clear. It is hard to ...

Jun 26, 2008

Youth unemployment in the EU

I wonder if anyone else caught the contradiction in Giles Merritt’s June 17 article “A Vanishing Europe and lifestyle.” In paragraph 7, Merritt notes a looming labor shortage in the countries of the European Union, but several paragraphs down, he mentions “stubbornly high youth ...