Minoru Matsutani

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

Business leaders confident of recovery in coming year

| Jan 21, 2015

Business leaders confident of recovery in coming year

This is definitely the year in which Japan will end its deflationary spiral. That is the general sentiment among Japanese business leaders, including Japan Business Federation Chairman Sadayuki Sakakibara. “We’ve got to establish a way to revitalize the Japanese economy this year,” Sakakibara said ...

U.S. economy, military remain strong

Jan 9, 2015

U.S. economy, military remain strong

Amid the continuing trend of polarization into Democrat or Republican extremes, an increasing flow of immigrants and a waning, but still the strongest military presence, the U.S. will continue to be a superpower, but to a somewhat lesser extent, a group of academic experts ...

Experts examine eurozone economy

| Dec 24, 2014

Experts examine eurozone economy

The European economy is in a complicated situation as deflationary risks loom and the effects of quantitative easing are questioned. Other factors add to the risk as Russia, a resurgent power that wields strong influence on the eurozone, is suffering from economic sanctions over ...

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 ...