Minoru Matsutani

For Minoru Matsutani's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

AMEX looks to double Japan profit

Nov 26, 2014

AMEX looks to double Japan profit

The Japanese unit of American Express Co. wants to double its profit and market share by attracting owners of small companies as customers and increasing partnerships with other card issuers, its president said Wednesday. “We don’t have a time frame, but we want to ...

Japanese women still at a disadvantage, first lady says

Nov 18, 2014

Japanese women still at a disadvantage, first lady says

Career women continue to face significant hurdles in Japan’s male-dominated business culture, according to first lady Akie Abe. The wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a conference in Tokyo on Monday that widespread prejudices include the expectation that women should serve beneath male ...

Nov 12, 2014

Americans, Costa Rican institute win Blue Planet Prize

The Asahi Glass Foundation has awarded the 2014 international Blue Planet Prize to economist Herman Daly of the University of Maryland and ecologist Daniel Janzen of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad of Costa Rica. The foundation bestowed ...

Europe, Japan face similar problems

| Nov 11, 2014

Europe, Japan face similar problems

Europe and Japan may want to learn from each other when it comes to dealing with mounting government debt, opportunities for the Japanese food industry, whether Japan and Britain should strengthen their ties in trade and consumption tax increases. Journalists from Britain discussed the ...

Raising Asian involvement

| Nov 4, 2014

Raising Asian involvement

Asia has been lagging behind Europe and the U.S. in the standardization of electrical technology, and the trend has been that Western countries have set the standards and Asian ones have followed. But the appointment of Panasonic Corp. Corporate Advisor Junji Nomura as the ...

Examining ASEAN up-and-comers

| Oct 23, 2014

Examining ASEAN up-and-comers

Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar are among the least-developed, but growing nations of the Association of South East Asian Nations, or ASEAN. As ASEAN moves toward closer economic unity, development of the three nations is becoming more and more important. The ASEAN Economic Community, which ...

G1 Global Conference 2014 takes up sales tax question

Sep 15, 2014

G1 Global Conference 2014 takes up sales tax question

G1 Summit, led by Globis Management School Dean Yoshito Hori, hosted the G1 Global Conference 2014, in which politicians, business executives and scholars held panel discussions in English, in Tokyo on Monday. G1 Global Conferences have been held in Fukushima and other places in ...