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Tommy Wilkes
For Tommy Wilkes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
An oil pump outside Saint-Fiacre, near Paris, in 2019
BUSINESS
Dec 13, 2023
Big Oil's bid to woo ESG investors fails to impress
A pledge by 50 of the biggest oil and gas companies at the U.N. climate talks in Dubai commits to reaching near-zero methane emissions by 2030.
Pump jacks in an oil field in Midland, Texas. Big Oil is responsible for the bulk of human-induced greenhouse gas emissions and pressure for action is building.
BUSINESS
Oct 7, 2023
Exxon Mobil's megadeal to test climate-aware shareholders
Negotiations between Exxon and Pioneer are advanced but have not yet led to an agreement over the acquisition.
The towers of Canary Wharf, in London, occupied by several major international banks, seen from Greenwich Park in the city
BUSINESS
Jul 31, 2023
Banks voted to limit accounting of capital market emissions
The plan to keep carbon emissions linked to bond and stock sales out of banks' footprints came after wrangling over the issue delayed new standards.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Jul 7, 2022
Scalded by Russia, investment funds tread carefully in China
The United States says China has largely complied with restrictions, but last week blacklisted five Chinese companies for allegedly supporting Russia's military industrial base.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
May 25, 2022
As U.S. economy's exceptionalism fades, so does the dollar
A resilient U.S. economy and adverse geopolitics had provided ideal conditions for dollar outperformance, but those are now giving way.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Nov 1, 2021
China's property woes put prestige global projects in play
China's property sector woes could spell trouble for prestige mega-projects in London, New York, Sydney and other top cities as the developers behind them scramble for cash.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 20, 2021
Market moving language under machine learning microscope
Advocates say NLP can unlock the untapped potential for insight from the world of verbal 'unstructured data.'
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Mar 16, 2020
The plumbing behind world's financial markets is creaking — loudly
The coronavirus panic is jolting stock markets, with steep drops in major indexes grabbing the public's attention. But behind the scenes, there is less understood and potentially more worrying evidence that stress is building to dangerous levels in crucial arteries of the financial system.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics
Oct 29, 2017
India's Gandhi scion seeks revival in Modi's backyard
Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most fabled political dynasty, will within weeks be crowned leader of the Congress party, handing him a freer rein to prove if he can mount a credible challenge to the dominance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
WORLD / ANALYSIS
Feb 22, 2015
Despite modernization drive, Indian Air Force faces humiliation
The Indian Air Force risks a major capability gap opening up with China and Pakistan without new Western warplanes or if local defense contractors cannot produce what the military needs in a timely manner.

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Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan