Yasushi Azuma

For Yasushi Azuma's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Aug 17, 2012

Nation urged to boost defense role

Japan needs to play a greater role in addressing regional crises in the dynamic Asia-Pacific region and secure a position as a “tier-one nation,” according to a new report released Wednesday by a group of U.S. defense experts. “Japan should expand the scope of ...

Jan 6, 2012

Washington seeks long-term leader for deeper ties

The United States is tired of the frequent changes of prime minister in Japan in recent years and hopes to build a more robust relationship with Tokyo as a key partner in the Asia-Pacific region, experts say. The last time a prime minister traveled ...

Surging yen sparks little debate in G-7

Sep 11, 2011

Surging yen sparks little debate in G-7

Financial chiefs of the Group of Seven industrialized nations agreed Friday to take powerful steps to stabilize financial markets and promote fiscal consolidation, amid growing uncertainty and with no clear end in sight to the European debt crisis. During a half-day meeting in the ...

Apr 26, 2010

Kan prods IMF for reforms that boost crisis role

WASHINGTON — Japan is calling on the International Monetary Fund to adopt a set of structural reforms to reinforce its ability to prevent future economic crises and boost its legitimacy as a key financial lender. In a statement presented to the IMF’s policy-steering International ...

Profit-hungry airlines court upscale passengers

Apr 8, 2008

Profit-hungry airlines court upscale passengers

From beer to automobiles, the market is teeming with various products and services dubbed “premium” — a seeming magic word among many Japanese consumers. No exception, the airline industry is betting on high-end services to raise profits at a time when record-breaking crude oil ...

Toyota reputation as F1 host on the line

Feb 29, 2008

Toyota reputation as F1 host on the line

After wiping out as host of last year’s disastrous Formula One Grand Prix, Toyota Motor Corp. is under the gun to prove it can run a major motor racing event at its Fuji Speedway in Shizuoka Prefecture, scheduled this year for Oct 10 to ...

Dyson urges youths to take interest in engineering, science

Feb 20, 2008

Dyson urges youths to take interest in engineering, science

James Dyson, founder of British vacuum cleaner maker Dyson Ltd., is urging young people to turn toward engineering and science to revive faltering manufacturing in Britain and other industrialized nations. “I think there is a sense of crisis,” Dyson said in a recent interview ...

Dec 29, 2007

Japan mulls more aggressive approach to forex investment

The government is expected to face growing pressure in 2008 to more actively invest its nearly $1 trillion (¥113 trillion) in foreign reserves to help restore the health of state finances. The nation’s foreign reserves — the world’s second-largest after China — have been ...