Monami Yui

For Monami Yui's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation

Jun 12, 2015

Pricy beef bowls show how to beat deflation

Restaurants, food producers and retailers are among a small but growing number of companies doing what few managed for long during Japan’s lost decades: raising prices. From beef bowl chain Matsuya Foods Co. to supermarket and convenience store operator Seven & I Holdings Co., ...

Japan's craft beer mug runneth over

May 8, 2015

Japan's craft beer mug runneth over

Tatsuo Aoki’s low-key Tokyo bar, Popeye, has become a destination for beer fanatics from around the country. They make the pilgrimage to sample Hokkaido ales and Shizuoka stouts, or for an impromptu lecture from Aoki on hops and yeast. He’s part of a nationwide ...

LDP pushes for higher deposit cap for postal giant before IPO

Mar 19, 2015

LDP pushes for higher deposit cap for postal giant before IPO

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party wants to raise the deposit limit at state-owned Japan Post Holdings Co.’s lending arm before a planned initial public offering later this year, according to a lawmaker who is backing the change. A higher ceiling than the current ¥10 ...

Sumitomo Mitsui to hire foreign managers in global push

Dec 25, 2014

Sumitomo Mitsui to hire foreign managers in global push

Koichi Miyata, the president of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc., said the lender will hire more foreign managers for its overseas operations, tapping their local expertise to aid a global expansion. “It’s natural to see locally hired foreign managers becoming the majority in a ...

Megabanks break glass ceiling for foreign managers

| Aug 28, 2014

Megabanks break glass ceiling for foreign managers

Japan’s biggest banks are breaking tradition by promoting foreigners to top management roles to retain and lure overseas talent as growth abroad buoys profit. Among recent appointments: In July, Debra Hazelton became the first foreign general manager at Mizuho Financial Group Inc.’s headquarters, where ...

Rakuten exec takes action to help moms

Jun 30, 2014

Rakuten exec takes action to help moms

Mie Kurosaka, Rakuten Inc.’s first female executive, returned to work at Japan’s biggest online mall operator only three weeks after giving birth in 2002. Now, as one of Rakuten’s four top female executives, the 47-year-old who oversees corporate social responsibility is pushing to have ...

BOJ misfire seen in regional banks' turn to aircraft loans

Jan 22, 2014

BOJ misfire seen in regional banks' turn to aircraft loans

Chugoku Bank Ltd. wants to get into the global airline debt market after loans to local businesses fell for a fourth straight year. “It’s the same everywhere: loans aren’t increasing and margins aren’t good,” Eriko Manabe, who works on the bank’s overseas lending, said ...

Cost to insure Tepco's debt soars on back of bad news

Aug 21, 2013

Cost to insure Tepco's debt soars on back of bad news

The bond risk for Tokyo Electric Power Co., from whose stricken Fukushima nuclear plant highly radioactive water is flowing into the sea, surged the most since June on concern delays in getting reactors started at another atomic plant will spoil its loans. The cost ...