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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 ...

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 ...