Shinya Ajima

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

Rare Pokemon deployed to help recovery in Tohoku quake zones

Nov 11, 2016

Rare Pokemon deployed to help recovery in Tohoku quake zones

Three of the prefectures slammed by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are getting a significant boost in efforts to revive tourism from an invisible source — a Pokemon character. The Lapras, a rare, plesiosaur-like monster in the “Pokemon Go” game, is popping up ...

Americans in Japan largely dismayed by Trump win

Nov 10, 2016

Americans in Japan largely dismayed by Trump win

Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential campaign astonished many Americans in Japan, with some fearing it could derail the long-standing bilateral alliance and others worried whether the divided nation can overcome its differences, according to a survey by The Japan Times. Most Americans ...

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 ...