Toshiro Hasegawa

For Toshiro Hasegawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Megabank dividends lure funds from bonds

Feb 27, 2015

Megabank dividends lure funds from bonds

As Japan’s sovereign bond yields languish near zero, the regular payouts to shareholders of the megabanks are starting to appeal to a wider group of investors. The average dividend yield of the Topix Banks Index, the payout relative to the share price, was at ...

Record bearish stock bets reflect skepticism over Abenomics

Jan 8, 2015

Record bearish stock bets reflect skepticism over Abenomics

Bearish bets on Japanese stocks have surged to a record level because foreign investors are increasingly skeptical that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will succeed in reviving the economy, according to financial services company Reorient Group Ltd. Short-selling of shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange ...

Firms woo female investors with goodies

Jun 3, 2014

Firms woo female investors with goodies

When Chiho Higo started teaching stock trading at a Tokyo night school in 2008, there were often no female attendees. Now there are 50. One mother said she bought shares in a toymaker instead of toys for her child. “If there was a woman, ...

Apr 21, 2012

TSE glitch a boon for alternative trading platforms

The Tokyo Stock Exchange’s worst technical glitch in six years has forced a rethink of the role alternative trading platforms play in ensuring trade in shares of global corporations continues. A Feb. 2 computer malfunction that halted trading on 15 percent of the bourse’s ...

New tourism agency ambushed by high yen

Dec 5, 2008

New tourism agency ambushed by high yen

When the Japan Tourism Agency opened for business on Oct. 1 to attract more Asian travelers, the timing could hardly have been worse. Since then, the yen has strengthened nearly 10 percent against the dollar, making it more expensive for overseas tourists to visit. ...