Komaki Ito

For Komaki Ito's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

May 13, 2015

Japan restaurant fund mulling Singapore's first Asahi bar

Seiki Takahashi, who has opened and managed more than 50 restaurants around the world, is seeking to raise $10 million from high-net-worth individuals to invest in Japanese eateries expanding abroad. Takahashi said that he plans to raise the funds from domestic and overseas investors ...

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 ...

Teen, inspired by SoftBank's Son, builds a startup

Oct 14, 2014

Teen, inspired by SoftBank's Son, builds a startup

Yoichiro Mikami wanted to be the next Masayoshi Son, Japan’s second-richest man, so he dropped out of high school at 16 this year. Now he’s devoting all his time to Gnex Ltd., a crowdfunding firm backed by six sponsors, including Son’s Yahoo Japan Inc. ...

To boost economy, recruiting stay-at-home dads

| Apr 30, 2014

To boost economy, recruiting stay-at-home dads

Manabu Tsukagoshi, a Tokyo-based consultant, took a month of paternity leave after his second child was born. That prompted his wife, a homemaker, to get a full-time job in the financial industry. “When someone asks why I would take such leave when my wife ...

Tokio Marine targets ASEAN for expansion abroad

Jul 29, 2013

Tokio Marine targets ASEAN for expansion abroad

Tokio Marine Holdings Inc., the nation’s second-largest nonlife insurer, is seeking to expand in Southeast Asia as Japan’s shrinking population erodes its domestic market. The insurer plans to expand in life insurance, automobile coverage, reinsurance and asset management, President Tsuyoshi Nagano said. The Tokyo-based ...

Home purchases rise ahead of tax increase

Aug 28, 2012

Home purchases rise ahead of tax increase

Record low mortgage rates and the prospect of a consumption tax hike that will add the price of a new Toyota Corolla to the cost of an average home spurred Sumiko Morigaki into action. “Tax hikes have been looming, so that gave me a ...

Apr 9, 2009

Japan's hedge funds sparkle with 'hidden jewels'

Hideki Wakabayashi sat through 500 meetings with company executives before settling on the stocks that produced a 13 percent advance last year for the long-short equity hedge fund he runs at Tokyo-based Finnowave Investments. Toru Hashizume matched Wakabayashi’s performance with a 13 percent return ...