Mariko Ishikawa

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

Sep 8, 2014

Abe recasting Cabinet cuts risk to six-year low

The Cabinet overhaul has revived failing public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic policies and invigorated markets that have shown more confidence in him than his predecessors. The cost to protect government debt against default slid to 34 basis points after last Wednesday’s ...

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 ...

Failure to up sales tax risks crash of JGBs: Sakakibara

Apr 22, 2014

Failure to up sales tax risks crash of JGBs: Sakakibara

The government should prioritize expanding its recent sales tax increase or risk an eventual collapse of sovereign bonds, former Finance Ministry official Eisuke Sakakibara said. A failure to raise the consumption levy “could trigger massive dumping” of the nation’s debt, Sakakibara said in an ...

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 ...

Kuroda seen limiting '14 losses as JGB run ends

Dec 30, 2013

Kuroda seen limiting '14 losses as JGB run ends

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has scope to increase unprecedented stimulus, limiting losses on Japanese government bonds in 2014 as global sovereigns slump, economists predict. Ten-year JGB yields will rise to 0.87 percent by the end of 2014 — they reached a three-month ...

Unswayed by disaster, Iwaki spa hulas anew

Feb 10, 2012

Unswayed by disaster, Iwaki spa hulas anew

A Hawaiian theme park that has propped up the economy of a rural town in Fukushima Prefecture for 45 years was forced to shut down after the March 11 disasters, but a little less than a year later the hula girls have returned. Spa ...