Minoru Matsutani

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

Examining 'Industry 4.0' opportunities

| Apr 29, 2016

Examining 'Industry 4.0' opportunities

“Industry 4.0,” or the fourth industrial revolution, can offer both opportunities and risks for the Japanese economy. It is a term to describe the future state of the economy, particularly manufacturing, based on the connectivity of everything, or the “Internet of Things” (IoT). This ...

Forum on corporate competitiveness

Jul 17, 2015

Forum on corporate competitiveness

The business environment surrounding companies has changed dramatically recently. Companies are urged to deal with such changes, as doing so will allow some to recover from financial crises and others to sustain profitability and continue to be industry leaders. Four American academics discussed business ...

Examining Korea's 'Japanization'

| May 21, 2015

Examining Korea's 'Japanization'

The South Korean economy is facing slow growth on the back of an aging population and other factors. Some South Korean companies are recalling overseas production, which they once sought in China and other Asian countries with lower wages, while high student loans are ...

Government, business leaders address climate change

| May 12, 2015

Government, business leaders address climate change

The Delegation of the European Union to Japan held a symposium in which ambassadors of European countries and executives of major corporations discussed environmental measures in the EU. The April 21 symposium, titled “Climate Change Policy in Europe: Opportunity or Threat for Business?” brought ...