Toshiro Hasegawa

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

| Oct 23, 2015

Postal IPO hype said sign of public shift to equities

Appetite for the world’s biggest equity listing this year shows the interest of a group that could swallow it more than 600 times over: stock-averse Japanese households. While the initial public offerings of Japan Post Holdings Co. and its banking and insurance units may ...

| Jul 21, 2015

Japan's pension fund backs in so-called shame gauge

Japan’s pension fund is so big that a $13.5 billion investment barely makes the footnotes. Yet there, in the back of the retirement manager’s annual report, lies good news for the nation’s so-called shame gauge. The $1.1 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund had 11 ...

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 ...