Masatsugu Horie

For Masatsugu Horie's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Nov 13, 2012

Investment in China off as feud drags on

After anti-Japan protesters in China smashed cars and torched dealerships, Koito Manufacturing Co. suspended a plan to triple its production in the country. With a new factory half-built, the Toyota supplier reasoned that it may no longer need it. “Demand from automakers is unclear, ...

Cool Biz said to undermine productivity

Jul 25, 2009

Cool Biz said to undermine productivity

Takashi Kadokura used to strip down to his underwear when working late because of the heat. “We couldn’t concentrate on our work,” said Kadokura, 37, then an economist for Dai-ichi Life Research Institute in Tokyo. “The air conditioning was set at 28 degrees and ...