Oct 21, 2014

New power industry alliances

The comprehensive alliance struck between Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co. in their thermal power generation business raises expectations of a further shakeup in the power industry ahead of the full liberalization of the retail sale of electricity in 2016.

Aug 14, 2014

Stagflation stalks 'Abenomics' as pattern sets in

by William Pesek

Maybe it’s time to stop dismissing the risk of stagflation in Japan. I’ve raised this risk a couple of times during the last 12 months as inflation rose without commensurate increases in wages or productivity. But Tuesday’s ugly gross domestic product report suggest it’s ...

| Jun 13, 2014

Details of JA-Zenchu reform left unclear

by Reiji Yoshida

Will the core entity of Japan’s monster agricultural conglomerate survive mounting public criticism of its huge vested interests? That question remained unanswered Friday as a deregulation panel submitted a policy recommendation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that includes a call to reform the Central ...

Jun 11, 2014

Households free to choose power supplier

The Diet on Wednesday enacted legislation to end the grip regional monopolies have held for 60 years on the household electricity market by opening it up to greater competition. The move is expected to revolutionize the ¥7.5 trillion market for households and other small ...

Abe inspects two casino resorts in Singapore

May 30, 2014

Abe inspects two casino resorts in Singapore

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday took in two casino resort facilities in Singapore after arriving to attend a three-day security summit for the Asia-Pacific region. Abe intends to draw on Singapore’s experience in bolstering tourism with integrated resort facilities, Japanese government sources said. ...

May 22, 2014

Tepco to jump into markets outside Tokyo

Tokyo Electric Power Co. plans to start moving into other markets in October as Japan prepares to liberalize its electricity market in 2016, officials of the beleaguered utility said Thursday. Tepco, the nation’s largest utility, will initially make forays into the western and central ...