Komaki Ito

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

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 ...

Hedge funds troll for Japan's wealthiest

Dec 1, 2008

Hedge funds troll for Japan's wealthiest

The city of Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, has been home to the nation’s industrial titans since samurai ruled the land more than a century ago. Now it is a feeding ground for hedge funds tapping the wealth of new multimillionaires like Kunihisa Sagami. Sagami, founder ...

Nov 26, 2008

Hedge funds to draw interest as industry weathers storm: Credit Suisse

Japan’s hedge-fund industry, dominated by so-called long-short funds that bet on rising and falling stock prices, will attract capital on signs they are starting to outperform their peers, Credit Suisse Group AG said. The 81-fund Eurekahedge Japan Long-Short Equities Index fell 11 percent this ...

Aug 14, 2008

Japan's insurers look abroad as profits fall

Slowing premium growth may force Japan’s insurance companies to seek more takeovers abroad to counter declining profits in the world’s most rapidly aging country. The seven biggest casualty insurers, including Tokio Marine Holdings Inc., this week reported a combined first-quarter profit of ¥70.8 billion, ...