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Irina Anghel
For Irina Anghel's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The U.K. economy has been hamstrung by the worst cost-of-living crisis in generations, as well as interest rate increases.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 16, 2024
U.K. recession deals fresh blow to Rishi Sunak’s economic promises
Statistics showing the GDP contraction emerged at a particularly bad time for the U.K. prime minister, with two by-elections taking place in England.
Migrants on a beach at sunrise after a failed attempt to cross the Channel to the U.K. on a small boat, in Sangatte, near Calais, France, in August 2023.
WORLD / Society
Feb 2, 2024
U.K. says migration likely to drive stronger population growth
While the trend will help boost the economy, it will also exacerbate a rift within Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s ruling Conservative Party.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivers a speech on AI in London on on Oct. 26.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 1, 2023
Rishi Sunak embraces Musk to boost AI summit
The U.K. prime minister organized the event to reassert Britain’s influence in the wake of Brexit.
The financial district of San Francisco in May 2022
BUSINESS
Jul 20, 2023
Not all firms are ready for a four-day week — yet, says expert
The largest-ever trial of the four-day work week found that most U.K. businesses participating don’t want to return to the five-day standard.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 20, 2023
Not all firms are ready for a four-day week — yet
The largest-ever trial of the four-day work week found that most U.K. businesses participating don’t want to return to the five-day standard.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 16, 2023
Remote work revolution becomes tug-of-war between bosses and fed-up staff
While workers don’t want to give up flexibility, leaders want teams back to boost collaboration and avoid a productivity slump.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 18, 2023
Nomura sets even lower goals for women in leadership roles
Nomura International, the Japanese lender’s London-based investment bank, previously said it wanted 19% of senior management positions to be held by women by 2022 but missed the mark.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 1, 2022
With Russian and Ukrainian crops in limbo, a vital food lifeline is choked off
The worldu2019s grains buyers are being forced to hunt elsewhere for cheap and abundant wheat supplies as trade from both Russia and Ukraine dries up.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 8, 2022
Net-zero plans of the biggest global companies do not add up to net zero
A new report found that 25 of the worldu2019s most valuable companies have climate goals that are weaker than how they've been marketed so far.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 3, 2021
Six vaccines show promise as boosters, led by mRNA shots
Researchers tested the vaccines in more than 2,800 volunteers 30 and older who had already received two doses of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer shots.

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