Tomoko Yamazaki

For Tomoko Yamazaki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Tokio Marine targets ASEAN for expansion abroad

Jul 29, 2013

Tokio Marine targets ASEAN for expansion abroad

Tokio Marine Holdings Inc., the nation’s second-largest nonlife insurer, is seeking to expand in Southeast Asia as Japan’s shrinking population erodes its domestic market. The insurer plans to expand in life insurance, automobile coverage, reinsurance and asset management, President Tsuyoshi Nagano said. The Tokyo-based ...

Home purchases rise ahead of tax increase

Aug 28, 2012

Home purchases rise ahead of tax increase

Record low mortgage rates and the prospect of a consumption tax hike that will add the price of a new Toyota Corolla to the cost of an average home spurred Sumiko Morigaki into action. “Tax hikes have been looming, so that gave me a ...

JAL may spark major revamp in pension finance

Jan 22, 2010

JAL may spark major revamp in pension finance

Japan Airlines Corp.’s $25.5 billion bankruptcy may be the impetus for such companies as Hitachi Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corp., Japan’s biggest private employers, to shore up their deficit-ridden pension plans. Japan’s top 278 companies were a combined ¥21.5 trillion behind on their pension ...

Sep 30, 2009

New fund bets on 'anime' character

Music Securities Inc., a music production and fund management firm, will start a fund investing in products from the animated series “Ge Ge Ge no Kitaro” featuring a one-eyed demon boy who lives in a graveyard. The Tokyo-based firm plans to raise ¥10 million ...

TCI learned the hard way via J-Power play

Jul 31, 2009

TCI learned the hard way via J-Power play

It was a crisp day in November 2005 when hedge fund manager John Ho entered Electric Power Development Co.’s headquarters in Tokyo, betting Japan’s corporate attitudes were ripe for change. Ho, then director of Asia-Pacific investments at the Children’s Investment Fund Management UK LLP, ...

Apr 9, 2009

Japan's hedge funds sparkle with 'hidden jewels'

Hideki Wakabayashi sat through 500 meetings with company executives before settling on the stocks that produced a 13 percent advance last year for the long-short equity hedge fund he runs at Tokyo-based Finnowave Investments. Toru Hashizume matched Wakabayashi’s performance with a 13 percent return ...

Mar 17, 2009

Firms face call for outside directors

The government may require publicly traded companies to hire outside directors to enhance corporate governance standards as the Nikkei average trades near two-decade lows. A 20-member panel led by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry aims to unveil a plan in June that ...

Hedge funds troll for Japan's wealthiest

Dec 1, 2008

Hedge funds troll for Japan's wealthiest

The city of Ashiya, Hyogo Prefecture, has been home to the nation’s industrial titans since samurai ruled the land more than a century ago. Now it is a feeding ground for hedge funds tapping the wealth of new multimillionaires like Kunihisa Sagami. Sagami, founder ...

Nov 26, 2008

Hedge funds to draw interest as industry weathers storm: Credit Suisse

Japan’s hedge-fund industry, dominated by so-called long-short funds that bet on rising and falling stock prices, will attract capital on signs they are starting to outperform their peers, Credit Suisse Group AG said. The 81-fund Eurekahedge Japan Long-Short Equities Index fell 11 percent this ...