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

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.

Sony ex-boss seeks to boost start-ups

Oct 4, 2013

Sony ex-boss seeks to boost start-ups

Nobuyuki Idei once embodied Japan’s corporate establishment, the leader of technology giant Sony Corp. Now 75, he’s aiming to reinvent himself as a cross between a Silicon Valley venture capitalist and Hollywood mogul. The former Sony CEO describes himself as the “executive producer” behind ...

JAL may spark major revamp in pension finance

Jan 22, 2010

JAL may spark major revamp in pension finance

Japan Airlines Corp.’s $25.5 billion bankruptcy may be the impetus for such companies as Hitachi Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp., Japan’s biggest private employers, to shore up their deficit-ridden pension plans. Japan’s top 278 companies were a combined ¥21.5 trillion behind on their pension ...

Tochigi feels yen's squeeze

Jan 11, 2010

Tochigi feels yen's squeeze

Hoya Corp. kept its Pentax camera factory in Tochigi Prefecture open as rivals steadily moved manufacturing overseas to cut costs, yet it couldn’t compete as the yen surged against the dollar and euro during the global economic slump. The company paid suppliers and workers ...

Nov 18, 2009

Deflation concern rises even as growth quickens

The acceleration of the economy to its fastest pace of growth in more than two years masked a slide in prices of goods and services that threatens to temper the recovery. The domestic demand deflator, a measure of price levels that excludes the cost ...

Hyundai getting Toyota's goat via magic won

Oct 22, 2009

Hyundai getting Toyota's goat via magic won

David Beidny’s choice between a Japanese and South Korean car was easy: Hyundai Motor Co. gave him $3,500 in cash to make the purchase, a deal that money-losing Toyota Motor Corp. could ill afford to offer. “I stopped by Toyota and I even sat ...

Sep 26, 2009

Strong yen weighs on exporters

Exporters are in danger of being left behind by a global trade recovery as the nation’s change in government ushers in a tolerance for exchange-rate gains that threaten to erode their profits. Exports fell 36 percent in August from a year earlier, the Finance ...

Battery-boosted bikes a hit with moms, firms

Aug 21, 2009

Battery-boosted bikes a hit with moms, firms

Tokyo housewife Chie Igawa, 38, is part of a trend that’s transforming the streets, zipping her kids around on a battery-boosted bicycle without breaking a sweat or having to worry about traffic rules. Domestic sales of the bikes eclipsed those of scooters for the ...

Apr 22, 2009

Pay cuts not pink slips help ease recession

Toshio Taniguchi is one of about 10,000 workers at Tokyo-based Renesas Technology Corp. who accepted a pay cut last month to keep the company alive. “It was tough to swallow,” said Taniguchi, a 62 year-old worker at the company, Japan’s biggest unlisted chip maker. ...