Kathleen Chu

For Kathleen Chu's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan Post Insurance to boost foreign debt as JGB yields plunge

Feb 19, 2016

Japan Post Insurance to boost foreign debt as JGB yields plunge

Japan Post Insurance Co., the nation’s biggest insurer by assets, plans to increase investments in foreign debt to boost returns as the central bank’s negative interest rate policy sends government bond yields to unprecedented lows. The insurer, which has more than half of its ...

Ten perfect Valentine's Days in 10 global cities

Feb 9, 2016

Ten perfect Valentine's Days in 10 global cities

Early stroll: The Limmat River in Zurich, A beautiful place for a morning walk before your big date. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the observation tower on Uetliberg Mountain. | BLOOMBERG ZURICH 12 p.m., Feb. 13: Take the SZU train from ...

Salarymen sidelined as Chinese descend on Japan property market

Jul 3, 2015

Salarymen sidelined as Chinese descend on Japan property market

The trend has already hit Sydney, Vancouver and the U.S. Now it’s happening in Japan: busloads of real estate buyers from China are coming in, buying up homes and pushing prices higher. Realty agencies in Beijing are organizing twice-monthly tours to Tokyo and Osaka, ...

Car-pooling shows growth potential over long distances

Apr 23, 2015

Car-pooling shows growth potential over long distances

Stuck in traffic heading out of Tokyo, Kohei Miwa noticed how few of the cars near him on the expressway were carrying passengers. “It occurred to me that car-pooling would be one way to reduce traffic jams,” said Miwa, a 38-year-old former banker who ...

Blackstone to acquire GE Japan's apartment unit for $1.61 billion

Nov 21, 2014

Blackstone to acquire GE Japan's apartment unit for $1.61 billion

Blackstone Group LP agreed to buy GE Japan Corp.’s residential property business for more than ¥190 billion to expand its apartment holdings in Japan. The business being acquired owns and operates more than 200 properties with more than 10,000 residential units, mainly in Tokyo, ...

Billionaire Mikitani builds new Tokyo house as luxury prices gain

Sep 29, 2014

Billionaire Mikitani builds new Tokyo house as luxury prices gain

Billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani, Japan’s fourth-richest man, is building a house in central Tokyo that is estimated to cost at least ¥2.3 billion, underscoring a shortage in the city’s luxury housing market. The two-story house is on an 880-sq.-meter site in an exclusive neighborhood in ...

Temp workers threaten housing recovery

Mar 24, 2014

Temp workers threaten housing recovery

Momoko Suzuki quit her sales job in Tokyo and took a temporary position so she could pursue her film ambitions. Suzuki’s employment change may force her to abandon another goal — owning a home. “I am single and I am a temporary worker, which ...