Shinya Ajima

For Shinya Ajima's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sony faces struggle to find growth path

| Feb 20, 2015

Sony faces struggle to find growth path

Sony Corp. has unveiled its latest multiyear business plan, including spinning off its 36-year-old Walkman portable music player unit to cut costs, but it is unclear whether the reforms will be enough to secure growth. Kazuo Hirai, chief executive of the electronics and entertainment ...

Jan 26, 2015

BOJ's 2% inflation target may prove elusive in 2015

When Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda met the press last week after the BOJ’s policy meeting, he effectively admitted the central bank may miss what the market perceives as its deadline of next fiscal year for achieving 2 percent inflation to revive the ...

Will 2015 be the year hydrogen took off?

Jan 15, 2015

Will 2015 be the year hydrogen took off?

Industries are increasingly pressing pushing for the adoption of hydrogen fuel technology because they sense potential market opportunities worldwide. But problems abound, including the comparatively high cost of fuel-cell vehicles and the need for specialized hydrogen fuel stations. Also unresolved is how to generate, ...

Dec 28, 2014

No quick fix for Takata air bag issue as blame game continues

After months of international controversy over possibly defective Takata Corp. air bags, one thing lawmakers, regulators, the media, carmakers and the parts supplier probably agree on is this: It won’t be easy to resolve the crisis. While Takata Chief Executive Officer Shigehisa Takada has ...

Dec 9, 2014

Mizuho takes a leap into the deal business

Mizuho Financial Group Inc. will join two U.S. banks in partly financing a $66 billion acquisition in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry, its president said recently, describing the move as the banking group’s leap into the deal business. Mizuho, Japan’s second-largest lender by assets, will ...

Delay in second tax hike may hamper BOJ's inflation quest

Nov 20, 2014

Delay in second tax hike may hamper BOJ's inflation quest

Skepticism is growing that the inflation-hungry Bank of Japan can do any more to stimulate the economy now that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has delayed the next consumption tax hike. The BOJ could come under pressure as early as the first half to loosen ...

Nov 5, 2014

Kuroda renews vow to achieve 2% inflation by any means possible

The Bank of Japan will continue to employ every possible measure to achieve its goal of 2 percent inflation, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday. The central bank “will do whatever it can to achieve the price stability target at the earliest possible time,” ...

Failed Alstom bid rocks MHI's global strategy

Jun 23, 2014

Failed Alstom bid rocks MHI's global strategy

The failure of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to acquire the energy-system assets of France’s Alstom SA has put the Japanese engineering group at the risk of falling far behind U.S. rival General Electric Co. “It will be troubling for us if GE wins (the ...

Purchasing tweaks hint BOJ shy of monetizing debt

| Jun 20, 2014

Purchasing tweaks hint BOJ shy of monetizing debt

The Bank of Japan has tweaked its unprecedented asset purchase program twice over the past three weeks, supporting a view in financial markets that the central bank is increasingly reluctant to be viewed as financing the government’s debt. The moves were the first since ...

Oct 2, 2013

Abe trying to strike a delicate balance

When Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met the news media after deciding to raise the consumption tax next April, he stressed that his administration can pursue economic growth and fiscal discipline at the same time. The declaration Tuesday, which almost sounded as if he was ...