Akiko Yasuhara
Japan Times
Dec 22, 2017
In wake of recent scandals, Japan needs to restore trust of consumers with new corporate mindset
The recent spate of industrial scandals shaking Japan's leading firms underlines the need for top management to develop a whole new attitude toward consumers and manufacturing if companies want to recover public trust and restore the country's image for high-quality production.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Sep 22, 2017
Toshiba's chip unit sale may be a done deal but regulatory and legal hurdles loom ahead
Eight months after announcing its plan to sell its chip unit, Toshiba Corp. has finally selected a buyer following a protracted and chaotic sales process. But the embattled tech giant faces big hurdles ahead as it tries to fix its finances and remain a listed company.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Aug 11, 2017
Toshiba averts delisting for now, but future still hangs in balance
While Toshiba appears to have averted the risk of immediate delisting from the Tokyo Stock Exchange by submitting its annual financial results with sign-off by an auditor ahead of the deadline, the Japanese conglomerate's prospects of maintaining its listing remain far from certain.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Jun 26, 2017
Takata's future costs still unclear even after bankruptcy
While Takata Corp.'s bankruptcy filing appears to have it on course to someday regain financial stability, questions remain about the turnaround as the company still faces potential additional costs from recalls and litigation.
Japan Times
May 30, 2017
82-year-old DJ puts unique spin on Tokyo's club scene
Sumiko Iwamuro knows a thing or two about juggling work.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Mar 31, 2017
Toshiba's U.S. unit bankruptcy dims Japan's nuclear ambitions
The bankruptcy filing by Toshiba Corp.'s U.S. nuclear unit highlights the tough business climate in the sector and the scale of the challenge Japan faces in seeking to sell its nuclear technology abroad.
Japan Times
Mar 16, 2017
Japan's labor-scarce building sites automating, turning to robots, drones
Construction sites in Japan are enjoying a wave of automation amid an increasing shortage of laborers, with the introduction of robots to do heavy lifting and drones that instantly collect aerial data.
Japan Times
Jan 24, 2017
Firm's chic Bangladesh-made bags make splash in Japan, spotlight skills of developing world
When it comes to style and quality, the clutches of Paris or the shoulder bags of Milan are not the alpha and the omega.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society / FOCUS
Dec 29, 2016
Dentsu suicide kick-starts efforts to alter nation's ingrained 'karoshi' habits
Serious efforts are said to be underway to curb Japan's excessive working hours, now that a suicide has dragged karoshi back into the spotlight.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 13, 2016
With Tokyo stocks set to sink deeper, analysts look to G-20 forum for hope
Many are analysts pointing their finger at the BOJ's decision to adopt a negative interest rate policy as a key factor behind the risk-averse mood in the markets.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals