Lauren Hirsch
For Lauren Hirsch's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
People place their bets at the Fanduel sportsbook in East Rutherford, New Jersey, during the Super Bowl in February 2019.
Mar 31, 2024
U.S. sports leagues bet on gambling. Now they’re facing its risks.
Leagues have signed lucrative marketing deals with betting apps like FanDuel and DraftKings and recent incidents have highlighted issues.
Rory McIlroy lines up his putt during the Ryder Cup in Rome on Oct. 1. The popular golfer has made no secret that the PGA Tour's secret talks with Saudi Arabia had blindsided and stung him.
Nov 15, 2023
Rory McIlroy resigns from PGA Tour board
The decision by one of golf's most popular athletes is a particularly public blow to the tour and its board.
Japan Times
May 13, 2023
In China, the police came for the consultants. Now the CEOs are alarmed.
Foreign businesses, a top Chinese official said in March, “are not foreigners, but family.” Then came a crackdown on firms with foreign ties.
Japan Times
May 21, 2022
Even among corporate raiders, Elon Musk is a pirate
The history of mergers and acquisitions is filled with people trying to stiff one another. But the world of deal-making has never seen a buyer like Musk.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 6, 2022
Elon Musk joins Twitter’s board, pitching ideas big and small
The move has implications for a social network where world leaders, lawmakers, celebrities and more than 217 million users conduct their daily public discourse.
Japan Times
Jan 5, 2022
In $500 million trading card deal, Fanatics buys Topps
Michael Rubin, the CEO of Fanatics, called trading cards and collectibles 'a significant pillar” in the company's plans.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2021
Twitter’s Jack Dorsey steps down from CEO role
Dorsey's exit marks a significant shift at the company, which has navigated years of pressure from investors who thought it did not make enough money and criticism from Washington.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on