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For Jason Clenfield's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ambition and ego: Inside Nagamori's Nidec

Jul 17, 2015

Ambition and ego: Inside Nagamori's Nidec

Ambition matters more than brains in Shigenobu Nagamori’s world. As chief executive officer of Japanese motor maker Nidec, Nagamori is known for his eccentric management style. Prospective employees have faced off against each other in eating and shouting competitions; new hires at headquarters in ...

Nidec's 70-year-old CEO plans to run company 15 more years

May 29, 2015

Nidec's 70-year-old CEO plans to run company 15 more years

Shigenobu Nagamori plans to lead Nidec Corp. until he hits his latest financial target, a 10-fold increase in revenue he expects by 2030. He’ll be 85 then. One of Japan’s rare mergers and acquisitions specialists, Nagamori became a billionaire by cobbling together 41 companies ...

Secretive robot maker Fanuc targeted by activist investor Loeb

Feb 19, 2015

Secretive robot maker Fanuc targeted by activist investor Loeb

Fanuc Corp., one of Japan’s most reclusive companies, has spent decades building a wall of secrecy around its ultra-profitable industrial-robotics business. Outsiders are rarely allowed at its complex in Yamanashi Prefecture on the slopes of Mount Fuji, where an army of yellow robots work ...

Bitcoin policymaker tries to gain converts before election

Dec 4, 2014

Bitcoin policymaker tries to gain converts before election

The man who single-handedly made Japan an oasis for bitcoin entrepreneurs was holding court with political supporters. The price of admission: ¥10,000. Squeezed into a tiny private room at a Chinese restaurant in central Tokyo, Mineyuki Fukuda was at the head of the table ...

Workers stumble while 'Abenomics' soars

Feb 3, 2014

Workers stumble while 'Abenomics' soars

Japanese stocks and profits are soaring under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to revive the economy. Even shop prices are up, a key step after years of deflation kept pocketbooks shut tight. None of that matters to Shuzo Matsui.