Jonathan Stempel
For Jonathan Stempel's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Warren Buffett (left), CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, and vice chairman Charlie Munger attend a shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, in May 2019. Munger died on Tuesday at the age of 99, according to U.S. media reports.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 29, 2023
After Munger's death, Berkshire Hathaway succession in focus
Berkshire has had a succession plan since at least 2006 when Buffett, then 75, told shareholders the company would be prepared for his departure.
People stand next to a board promoting military service in Donetsk, Russian-controlled Ukraine, on Oct. 11. A Brooklyn man and a Montreal couple have been charged with attempting to smuggle tech to Russia to support the Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Nov 1, 2023
U.S. and Canadian defendants charged for tech exports to Russia
Some of the electronics were later recovered from helicopters, missiles, tanks and other Russian equipment seized in Ukraine.
Much of the focus on Meta stemmed from a whistleblower's release of documents in 2021 that showed the company knew Instagram, which began as a photo-sharing app, was addictive and worsened body image issues for some teen girls.
Oct 25, 2023
Lawsuits against Meta in 33 states claim Instagram harms children
Children have long been an appealing demographic for businesses, which hope to attract them as consumers at ages when they may be more impressionable.
Former U.S. President and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, in Clinton Township, Michigan, on Wednesday
WORLD / Politics
Sep 29, 2023
Appeals court will not delay Trump civil fraud trial
Despite his legal woes, Trump holds a commanding lead for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
China Evergrande has sought protection under Chapter 15 of the U.S. bankruptcy code, which shields non-U.S. companies undergoing restructurings from creditors that hope to sue them or tie up assets in the United States.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 18, 2023
China Evergrande files for protection in U.S. bankruptcy court
The company sought protection under Chapter 15 of the U.S. bankruptcy code, which shields non-U.S. companies that are undergoing restructuring.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2023
U.S. sues Binance and founder Zhao over 'web of deception'
The SEC alleges that, among other things, Binance artificially inflated its trading volumes, diverted customer funds and failed to restrict U.S. customers from its platform.
Japan Times
Apr 22, 2022
NFL says Black coaches' discrimination claims should be thrown out
Fomer Miami Dolphins' head coach Brian Flores and two other coaches have accused the NFL and its 32 teams of discrimination in its hiring of coaches and senior management.
Japan Times
Apr 13, 2022
Elon Musk sued by ex-Twitter shareholders over delay in disclosing stake
Former shareholders led by Marc Rasella said the delayed disclosure let Musk buy more Twitter shares at lower prices, while defrauding them into selling at "artificially deflated" prices.


Tokyo Healthcare University professor Takayuki Mifune explains how he is trying to re-create bonito broth from 1,300 years ago.
The quest to re-create what the Japanese ate 1,300 years ago