Masaki Kondo

For Masaki Kondo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Yen may soar if BOJ misses inflation goal

May 9, 2014

Yen may soar if BOJ misses inflation goal

The Bank of Japan’s failure to achieve its inflation target will see the yen rebound to its highest since 2012, reversing the results of its unprecedented stimulus, according to Tokai Tokyo Securities Co. The currency will strengthen beyond 85 per dollar “by this fall,” ...

Kuroda eyes yen-weakening action

| Apr 9, 2014

Kuroda eyes yen-weakening action

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has shown that a single unprecedented expansion of monetary policy has more impact than a series of smaller steps, and economists say he’s preparing to prove it again. The yen has tumbled almost 9 percent since Kuroda doubled ...

Kuroda ¥100 wall reassuring Nomura after gains

Mar 24, 2014

Kuroda ¥100 wall reassuring Nomura after gains

The Bank of Japan’s stimulus is building a wall against the yen gaining beyond ¥100 to the dollar, amid an investor flight into the currency as a haven, according to Nomura Holdings Inc. The yen has climbed 3 percent against the greenback this year, ...

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 ...

Jan 6, 2014

Arrival of 'bad inflation' trend bodes ill for Japan's rebound

Price increases are prompting Japanese shoppers to buy less mayonnaise, showing the fragility of any economic rebound unless wages keep up with living costs. Production of the sauce fell 5.1 percent in the five months that ended on Nov. 30 from a year earlier, ...

JGB market braces for Abe's return

| Dec 15, 2012

JGB market braces for Abe's return

The worst prime minister for Japanese government bonds in almost two decades is poised to return, ousting the best since 2006. Shinzo Abe, the front-runner to replace Yoshihiko Noda in Sunday’s general election, oversaw a 1.2 percent gain when he was in office for ...

Fund banking on wider trade deficit

Oct 24, 2012

Fund banking on wider trade deficit

Japan’s worsening trade gap will make it harder to service the world’s largest debt, fulfilling part of the doomsday scenario that Hayman Capital Management LP is betting on. The nation’s 10-year note yield may rise toward 10 percent from the world’s third-lowest of 0.79 ...

Sep 4, 2007

Softbank to focus on small businesses to beat DoCoMo, KDDI

Softbank Corp. expects to gain market share from NTT DoCoMo Inc. and KDDI Corp. by focusing on small businesses. The nation’s third-biggest mobile phone company slashed fees in January to ¥980 a month, the cheapest in Japan, and offered unlimited calls to spur user ...