Tomoyuki Tachikawa

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| Nov 23, 2016

Trump victory unlikely to stifle Abe's free trade crusade

With U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pledging to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pro-growth Abenomics campaign is on the ropes. Many analysts say that whether or not the TPP is saved, Abe’s job remains unchanged: continue working to bolster free ...

Anxious Abe eager to strike while TPP iron is hot

| Nov 6, 2016

Anxious Abe eager to strike while TPP iron is hot

While several Trans-Pacific Partnership countries have taken a cautious approach ahead of Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election, which could alter the fate of the free trade pact, Japan has instead been stepping up its efforts toward ratifying the deal. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is in ...

Economists worry over BOJ's next step

Sep 16, 2016

Economists worry over BOJ's next step

Amid speculation the Bank of Japan will announce additional monetary easing next week, some observers are warning of possible side effects. A long way from hitting its 2 percent inflation goal, the BOJ may expand its radical negative interest rate policy and modify its ...

Saudi Arabia eager to serve as window to Japanese culture

Sep 3, 2016

Saudi Arabia eager to serve as window to Japanese culture

Saudi Arabia is eager to become a gateway to Japan and its culture in the Middle East as it seeks to deepen economic relations between the two nations, the minister of culture and information for the kingdom, Adel Zaid Altoraifi, said Friday. In an ...

Giants Sharp, Toshiba face dire prospects

| May 25, 2015

Giants Sharp, Toshiba face dire prospects

Several electronics makers have regained profitability largely thanks to restructuring measures and the weakening of the yen, but Sharp Corp. and Toshiba Corp. are unlikely to catch up with their domestic rivals soon. Struggling Sharp’s latest rehabilitation plan got a cold reception from the ...

Steps for women, foreigners ring hollow

Jun 26, 2014

Steps for women, foreigners ring hollow

Doubts are growing over whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can advance policy proposals to promote foreigners and women, given the realities of this highly conservative nation. In his revamped economic growth strategy finalized Tuesday, Abe’s government pledged to increase the number of foreign and ...

'Bad inflation' shadows Japan

Jun 7, 2014

'Bad inflation' shadows Japan

Two months after the sales tax hike, Japan risks triggering "bad inflation," a toxic combination of declining demand and rising prices.