Kiyotaka Matsuda

For Kiyotaka Matsuda's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Apr 14, 2016

Japan Inc. faces biggest Abe-era profits drop on strong yen

For the past three years, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could usually count on surging corporate earnings to back up the case that his policies were turning around Japan, but that is no more. Pretax profit at the biggest companies will drop about 10 percent ...

Maglev's economics as dizzying as its speed

| Apr 22, 2015

Maglev's economics as dizzying as its speed

Japan’s faded economic prowess received a boost after a maglev magnetically levitated train operated by Central Japan Railway Co. on Tuesday clocked a new world speed record of 603 kph on a test run in Yamanashi Prefecture. Whether any of this makes a shred ...

Apr 20, 2015

Skymark said to keep Haneda slots in rescue deal with ANA

Skymark Airlines Inc., the Japanese carrier that filed for bankruptcy protection, will keep its landing slots at Tokyo’s Haneda airport as part of a rescue deal it struck with ANA Holdings Inc., people familiar with the matter said. ANA will invest in Skymark as ...

Feb 9, 2015

Airlines benefit from clogged sea traffic

The U.S. military ordered yogurt and cottage cheese flown to forces in Japan and South Korea last month as a labor dispute began jamming up West Coast ports. Honda Motor Co. and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. resorted to airlifting parts to U.S. plants to ...

JAL prepares for credit rating to enable bond sales

Jul 4, 2014

JAL prepares for credit rating to enable bond sales

Japan Airlines Co. is preparing to seek a credit rating that will enable it to sell corporate bonds for the first time since the nation’s second-largest carrier relisted, widening its financing options. “We’ve just started preparations,” Norikazu Saito, head of finance, said in an ...

Jet maker enlists bullet train experts

Jun 26, 2014

Jet maker enlists bullet train experts

The maker of Japan’s first jet airliner is counting on bullet train specialists to prevent further delays in completing the plane. Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. has brought in rail project managers from parent Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to tighten control of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet ...