Masaaki Iwamoto

For Masaaki Iwamoto's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

| Aug 17, 2015

Abe to revert to economy after war statement, defense fight

After delivering a much-anticipated statement on Japan’s war legacy and engaging in a bruising legislative fight over defense laws, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe got a reminder on why he needs to return his focus to the economy. With tepid wage growth making consumers unwilling ...

May 7, 2015

Keidanren pressures big companies to share weak-yen benefits

The nation’s biggest business lobby is urging large companies to pass on the benefits of a weaker yen to their suppliers as the Abe administration seeks to relieve pressure on small firms. “We are calling for their cooperation and spreading the word across the ...

Apr 27, 2015

Abe adviser fears BOJ has den of conspirators opposing reflation

The Bank of Japan appears to be wavering in its commitment to unprecedented monetary easing, said Kozo Yamamoto, an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and an advocate of reflationary policies. “I’m worried the BOJ’s attitude is wavering,” Yamamoto said in an interview in ...

LDP lawmaker calls for yen to strengthen to 100

Mar 5, 2015

LDP lawmaker calls for yen to strengthen to 100

The yen is too weak and is squeezing many companies with higher import costs, according to Taro Kono, a lawmaker in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party. Parts makers for large corporations are being particularly hard hit, said Kono, 52, who worked for ...

Aging Japanese prove rich pickings for investment fraud

Jan 22, 2015

Aging Japanese prove rich pickings for investment fraud

A growing number of retirees in Japan are falling victim to fraud, underscoring one of the downsides of promoting personal investment in the world’s most aged nation. Combating the problem is a rising challenge for the government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as it ...

Foreign labor key to Olympic gold

May 28, 2014

Foreign labor key to Olympic gold

At a construction site in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, worker Fan Xiuyu says he’s too busy to miss the wife and 6-year-old child he left behind in China. “I came to Japan to make money and learn advanced construction techniques,” said Fan, 29, a native ...