Katsuyo Kuwako

For Katsuyo Kuwako's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

A ski resort success, Niseko defies rural Japan's demographic decline

Aug 28, 2016

A ski resort success, Niseko defies rural Japan's demographic decline

Japan’s shrinking population has weighed on the world’s third-biggest economy, alarmed government forecasters and turned some rural communities into veritable ghost towns. Not so in Niseko, a ski resort community in Hokkaido that is prospering in the face of all the demographic gloom. The ...

Real estate firm plans Airbnb rentals amid tourism boom

Jul 28, 2016

Real estate firm plans Airbnb rentals amid tourism boom

Star Mica Co., a Tokyo-listed real-estate company founded by an ex-Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker, plans to double returns from apartments, using Airbnb to house foreign tourists. The company owns about 2,500 apartments mostly in Tokyo, and is considering renting some of them to ...

In quake-prone Japan, Kumamoto temblors stir worry of 'Tokyo X Day'

Apr 29, 2016

In quake-prone Japan, Kumamoto temblors stir worry of 'Tokyo X Day'

There’s nothing comical about this manga: office building windows shatter, trains derail and cars plunge from buckling bridges. It all happens at 4:35 p.m. on a day dubbed “Tokyo’s X Day.” This catastrophic scenario is depicted in a 300-page book on earthquake preparedness published ...

Sep 29, 2015

Japan's cheap debt, aging population prompt ex-banker to shift focus

Saburo Nishiura is using Japan’s record-low borrowing costs to turn the nation’s shrinking population to his advantage. The 67-year-old former banker is the chief executive officer of Hulic Co., a developer with a concentration of commercial properties in Tokyo’s expensive Ginza district. But the ...

Tokyo building boom causes debt fatigue as Sumitomo yields rise

Aug 18, 2015

Tokyo building boom causes debt fatigue as Sumitomo yields rise

Sumitomo Realty & Development Co. is forecasting a third-straight year of record operating income as “Abenomics,” the name give to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policies, spurs a property market boom. That doesn’t mean investors have unlimited appetite for its debt. The nation’s third-largest ...