Tomoyuki Tachikawa

For Tomoyuki Tachikawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

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.

Machinery orders up 13.4%

Mar 13, 2014

Machinery orders up 13.4%

Core private-sector machinery orders surged by a seasonally adjusted 13.4 percent in January, the second-fastest pace on record, signaling that an economic rebound has prodded companies to boost investment, the government said Thursday. The orders, excluding those for ships and from utilities because of ...

Financial market volatility may hurt economy

| Feb 7, 2014

Financial market volatility may hurt economy

Recent financial market volatility, triggered by a widespread selloff in emerging currencies, has started to raise concerns over the economy despite it having shown signs of overcoming nearly two decades of deflation. Fears about a possible repeat of the Asian currency crisis in the ...

Huge deficit bodes ill for yen, bonds, rates

| Jan 28, 2014

Huge deficit bodes ill for yen, bonds, rates

Japan’s goods trade deficit hit a record high in 2013, sparking fears that the country could fall into a constant current account deficit in the near future. If expectations intensify that the current account balance will remain in the red for an extended period, ...

| Jan 31, 2013

'Abenomics' could hurt economy in the long term

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” economic policies retain fiscal expansion as a key pillar of the draft budget for the next fiscal year, fanning concern that Japan’s swelling debt could hamper the broader economy in the longer term. An insufficient commitment to putting the ...