Minoru Matsutani

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

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 ...

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 ...