Yoshiaki Nohara

For Yoshiaki Nohara's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ishiba tells rural communities to compete or lose funding

Feb 10, 2015

Ishiba tells rural communities to compete or lose funding

The Abe administration’s czar for regional regeneration believes it is a case of sink or swim: Enterprising communities will maintain their grip on state funding and flourish, and stragglers will be cut loose. “Am I telling them to compete? Yes, I am,” Shigeru Ishiba, ...

December output gain hints at end to latest recession

Jan 30, 2015

December output gain hints at end to latest recession

Industrial production snapped two quarters of decline in December, signaling the economy may have limped out of recession. Output rose 1.8 percent in the three months through December from the third quarter, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday. While household spending ...

Improved 'competitiveness' key to wage hikes, labor chief says

Jan 22, 2015

Improved 'competitiveness' key to wage hikes, labor chief says

Restoring industrial competitiveness is the key to fueling wage gains that the Abe government and the central bank are counting on to ensure inflation takes hold, according to labor minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki. “We have to think about why wages haven’t risen,” Shiozaki said in ...

Mitani sidelined by Abe as GPIF pension fund enters new era

Dec 24, 2014

Mitani sidelined by Abe as GPIF pension fund enters new era

When Takahiro Mitani’s term as head of the world’s largest retirement fund finishes in March, so too will the old era of Japanese pension management. The former Bank of Japan official saw his power ebb during a five-year reign at the ¥131 trillion Government ...

Investors still waiting for stock binge from GPIF

Sep 1, 2014

Investors still waiting for stock binge from GPIF

The world’s largest retirement fund held back from plowing into Japanese equities last quarter, its investment results signaled, even as the market rebounded in anticipation of purchases. The value of the Government Pension Investment Fund’s Japanese stocks rose 5.4 percent in the April-June period ...

Pension clones with $500 billion await GPIF's asset switch

Aug 5, 2014

Pension clones with $500 billion await GPIF's asset switch

Where the world’s biggest pension fund goes, half a trillion dollars is set to follow. Three retirement managers for Japanese civil servants and private school teachers with ¥30.4 trillion ($296 billion) will mimic the asset allocation changes being planned by the ¥126.6 trillion Government ...

Jul 11, 2014

Tax-free NISA working poorly, Sawakami says

Japan’s tax-free investing program is failing to draw new stock buyers as the benefits expire too soon and young people fail to see its advantages, said the founder of the Sawakami Fund. The Nippon Individual Savings Account program is being overlooked because its exemption ...