Mariko Ishikawa

For Mariko Ishikawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Homebuyers in Japan seen at risk on floating-rate loan rush

Aug 13, 2014

Homebuyers in Japan seen at risk on floating-rate loan rush

Homebuyers are piling into floating-rate mortgages, stirring debate over whether they are too complacent as Bank of Japan stimulus revives inflation. The proportion of home loans with adjustable rates climbed to 42.8 percent of new lending in February, the highest since December, according to ...

Yen's fading clout threat to BOJ inflation goal

| Mar 3, 2014

Yen's fading clout threat to BOJ inflation goal

The rising cost of overseas travel and imported goods such as Apple computers is spurring concern in Japan’s bond market that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s success in fueling inflation will be short-lived. ANA Holding Inc. and Haagen-Dazs Co. increased prices as the yen’s inflation-adjusted ...