Komaki Ito

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

Mar 22, 2016

Hedge fund's computer says sell Japan debt after 19% gain

For Kyo Yamamoto, leaving investment choices to a computer rather than making his own calls has been the best strategy as unorthodox global monetary policies only worsen market volatility. Right now, the machine says sell Japan government bonds. GCI Systematic Macro Fund, a Japanese ...

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 ...

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 ...