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For Yuko Takeo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

New business code seen spurring stock buybacks

Aug 7, 2015

New business code seen spurring stock buybacks

Prime minister Shinzo Abe has engineered a way the nation’s companies can dump ¥34.1 trillion ($273 billion) of stock, and share prices will keep rising. At least that’s the view of Credit Suisse Group AG’s Basil Dan, who says Abe’s plans to make companies ...

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

Jul 8, 2015

The pond scum that may one day fuel planes

The future of Japan’s biofuel industry may be pond scum. Or more specifically, green algae that’s swirling around in tanks on a tropical Okinawan island. That’s what Mitsuru Izumo and his company Euglena Co. are counting on anyway. After 10 years developing the algae ...

Ramen dividends: Holders of some firms' shares fancy 'yutai' gifts

Feb 22, 2015

Ramen dividends: Holders of some firms' shares fancy 'yutai' gifts

Many stock investors collect dividends. Hiroto Kiritani, however, collects melons. And ramen noodles, McDonald’s hamburgers, the clothes on his back, anything, really, that Japanese companies send him, gratis, just for owning their stock. Kiritani, 65, is a big-time player in an obscure corner of ...