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Yasutaka Tamura
For Yasutaka Tamura's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 4, 2023
Top-ranked fund trims Japan chip stocks for makers of soap and noodles
The Alma Eikoh Japan Large Cap Equity fund has cut its position in Renesas Electronics by almost a third over the past month as the stock more than doubled in value to date.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 22, 2023
Hedge funds pushing for Japan returns get help from Tokyo exchange
The number of proposals submitted for this year’s shareholder meetings has jumped about 60% from the same time last year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 11, 2023
Lower Tokyo office vacancy rate gives relief to market after COVID-19
Historically, the city has recorded vacancy rates in the low single digits, but the market may be settling into a new normal of higher levels considering the change in work trends.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 20, 2023
Goldman Japan fund joins growing bullish chorus on chip stocks
Chip stocks have gained this year as interest in ChatGPT and other artificial intelligence services has brightened sentiment for high-end semiconductor producers
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 23, 2023
Nintendo family office sees success in engineering firm takeover
The saga pits Yamauchi No. 10 Family Office (YFO), which manages about ¥200 billion ($1.5 billion) in assets, against Toyo Construction, a firm known for its marine engineering operations.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 14, 2023
Tokyo condo market shows early cooling signs on BOJ policy risks
The number of existing apartments up for sale in central Tokyo’s popular bay area rose for two straight weeks in January.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 16, 2022
Top-performing Japan stock fund Arcus bets on metals and chemicals
The Arcus Japan Fund has beaten all of its peers this year, generating double digit returns even as they have averaged a loss of 7%.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Nov 9, 2022
Japan’s new disclosure rules to help G7’s worst gender pay gap
The country has clung to a goal to get 30% of managerial positions, but the number of female board members remains far behind global peers.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 10, 2022
Japan should end cap on overseas visitors, senior LDP lawmaker says
Hiroshige Seko said the country should wind down some of the toughest COVID-related border restrictions among leading economies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 13, 2022
Kishida to tap public pension funds for startups in 'new capitalism' push
The prime minister has said he'll create a route allowing the Government Pension Investment Fund — the world's largest of its kind — to support startups and venture capital.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 1, 2022
Japan embraces Ukraine refugees in break from past conflicts
The acceptance of the refugees has almost unanimous support from the public, after extensive domestic media coverage of the devastation caused by the war.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 25, 2022
Apartment prices in Tokyo exceed bubble-era high to hit record
Rising demand from dual-income households and increasing construction costs are boosting the capital's once-moribund housing market.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 7, 2022
China fines Seven & I Holdings for calling Taiwan a nation on map
Fines of about 150,000 yuan (u00a52.7 million) were imposed by the Beijing local authority against Seven & I, a spokesman for the Japanese retailer said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 6, 2022
Japan’s beloved Super Dry beer to get first-ever recipe change
The company claims the new formula, which will go on sale next month, will improve the drinkability and aroma of the beverage while maintaining its hallmark crispness.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 17, 2021
Japan's Recruit, the world’s top job finder, wants to get rid of resumes
Employers are struggling to fill both white- and blue-collar positions as job seekers re-evaluate their priorities post-pandemic.

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