Maya Kaneko
Jan 30, 2009
'Vaccine bonds' offer social payoff
A unique bond that provides investors with both financial returns and the personal satisfaction of helping children in poor countries through immunization will tap the Japanese market again next month.
Jan 1, 2009
Recession to stay until latter half of '09: experts
Japan is projected to stay mired in recession in 2009 after posting negative growth for 2008 as the export-led economy is battered by plummeting demand overseas and the yen's strength against other major currencies.
Nov 27, 2008
Mexico sees larger role for emerging economies
Mexico foresees emerging economies playing a more important role in tackling global challenges and hopes the United States takes a more multilateral approach under the incoming administration of Barack Obama, according to Mexico's deputy foreign minister.
Japan Times
Oct 5, 2008
G7 to meet on global crisis
In the face of an ever-worsening global financial crisis, the Group of Seven major economies will likely reaffirm Friday their readiness to cooperate with each other to ward off a worldwide depression, but they are not expected to pledge any concrete action, observers say.
Japan Times
Jul 31, 2008
Technical internships with EU paying off
A unique internship program offered to students in the European Union and Japan has bolstered ties between scientists, engineers and architects for more than a decade, with the number of participants growing steadily as the EU membership expands.
Jul 11, 2008
Lawmakers seek sweet spot in tobacco tax debate
As the possibility of a general election sometime in the near future is making politicians hesitate to openly advocate a sharp rise in the consumption tax, the idea of hiking the tobacco tax has suddenly gained attention as an alternative way to cover ballooning social security costs in the rapidly aging...
Apr 12, 2008
Aid for poor urged amid food price hikes
Because recent hikes in food prices could disproportionately hurt the poor, East Asian economies need to reinstate steps they implemented during the 1997-1998 Asian financial crisis to alleviate their pain, the World Bank's acting chief economist for the region said in a recent interview in Tokyo.
Feb 4, 2008
'Mr. Yen' predicts further slowdown, urges G7 action
Japan and the other Group of Seven economic powers need to demonstrate unity because the global economy is expected to "slow down considerably" with the widening U.S. subprime loan mess, according to Eisuke Sakakibara, the former senior Finance Ministry official known as "Mr. Yen."
Japan Times
Oct 16, 2007
Investment funds focused on 'womenomics' gaining attention
As Japan's population decreases, an increase in women in the workforce and the subsequent growth in women's consumption could hold the key to shoring up the economy.
Oct 9, 2007
'Bullet tours' bringing South Koreans for shopping
and Bae Seung Wan visit the Takashimaya department store in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. They traveled to Japan on a "bullet tour" via Japan Airlines chartered flights for an 18-hour stay in the capital on Sept. 26. KYODO PHOTO
Sep 27, 2007
New law to shield investors from financial sharks
Legislation intended to boost protection for general investors and put hedge and buyout funds operating in Japan under closer scrutiny will come into full effect Sunday.
Japan Times
Aug 16, 2007
Global credit crunch fears dim chances for August rate hike
As spreading fears of a credit crunch linked to the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis cause turbulence in global financial markets, expectations of an August rate increase by the Bank of Japan have dropped.
Jul 25, 2007
New Zealand getting attention as film, TV ad site
Since the 2001-2003 "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and 2003's "Last Samurai" starring Tom Cruise became international hits, New Zealand has gradually been drawing Japanese filmmakers' attention as a desirable shooting location.
Japan Times
Jul 6, 2007
Aussie fund managers targeting Japan
Australian companies have great potential to provide services in Japan, where retirees and other investors are increasingly putting their money in overseas financial products and the regulatory system is set to be further liberalized, says the head of an Australian financial services industry group.
May 18, 2007
Microfinance champion urges Japan to promote tool in ODA
The founder and president of an international group promoting microfinance, a type of small-lot lending for low-income people who cannot put up collateral, has urged Japan to make more use of the tool to improve its official development assistance.
Japan Times
May 11, 2007
Franco-Belgian bank looking for struggling cities
A Franco-Belgian bank operating in Japan is offering longer term loans to municipalities that are trying to get rid of heavy debts that are threatening to bankrupt many of them.
Jan 20, 2007
BOJ now faces uphill battle to hike rate by March
With the Bank of Japan's announcement Thursday that it will not raise the key short-term interest rate this month, economists predict it will now be difficult to up the rate before the end of the fiscal year in March.
Dec 12, 2006
BOJ may buck pressure and raise rates
The Bank of Japan may raise interest rates at its Dec. 18-19 Policy Board meeting because the yearend session is a "golden opportunity" for the bank to tighten monetary policy before the slowing U.S. economy begins to bite next year, BOJ watchers say.
Sep 13, 2006
Philippine FTA to reshape health care
The free-trade agreement clinched with the Philippines on Saturday will test whether Japan is serious about opening its labor market, a change that would trade homogeneity for a more youthful workforce.
Japan Times
Aug 25, 2006
Toyota has high hopes for St. Petersburg plant
Toyota Motor Corp. is aiming to be the first Japanese automaker to start production in the St. Petersburg area with a factory it is building deep in the forest on the outskirts of the city.


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