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Tom Redmond
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 10, 2016
Unfriendly activist battles Japan CEOs to wrest returns by force
Tsuyoshi Maruki stands out like a lone wolf in Japan, where societal intolerance for aggressive shareholder campaigns has spurred a breed of friendly activists.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 1, 2016
Ex-missionary hedge fund boss has faith sun will shine on Fukushima and its investors
The region hit by the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl has a new backer.
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 18, 2016
Can you call the stock market? Equity analyst says he can
On the 10th day of every month, Junsuke Senoguchi has just one thing on his mind: the closing level of the Nikkei average.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 12, 2015
All aboard Tokyo's yellow Hato Bus as China tourists surge
London isn't the only city with an iconic bus.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 11, 2015
Japan activist Murakami sees win in comeback proxy fight
Yoshiaki Murakami, Japan's first homegrown activist investor, will probably win board seats at Kuroda Electric Co. in his return to proxy fights after many years, according to his daughter.
BUSINESS / Markets / FOCUS
Jul 21, 2015
Japan's pension fund backs in so-called shame gauge
Japan's pension fund is so big that a $13.5 billion investment barely makes the footnotes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 14, 2015
Infamous shareholder activist Murakami returns to fray in league with daughter
Yoshiaki Murakami, Japan's most famous activist shareholder before he was convicted of insider trading in 2007, is once again pressing the nation's companies and this time it's a family act.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 8, 2015
The pond scum that may one day fuel planes
The future of Japan's biofuel industry may be pond scum. Or more specifically, green algae that's swirling around in tanks on a tropical Okinawan island.
BUSINESS
Jun 22, 2015
Activist hedge fund TCI profits in private as Japan Tobacco says no
For four years a hedge fund urged one of Japan's oldest companies to raise its dividend, and each time the answer in public was no.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 9, 2015
Toyota lockup stock draws criticism; some call it bid to tame owners
Hiroki Sampei has a long list of things he does not like about Toyota Motor Corp.'s new class of equity.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 5, 2015
Kunio Ito, the man behind Japan's corporate governance blueprint, is feeling pleased
The architect of a revolution at domestic companies is a happy man.
JAPAN
May 31, 2015
Japan '30 years behind' in corporate governance, top U.S. money manager says
David Herro, a money manager who oversees $35 billion (¥4.35 trillion) worth of investments and learned about Japanese corporate governance the hard way, says for all Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts, the nation remains 30 years behind in this area.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 7, 2015
Japan must shut out short-term investors, says Orix founder
Yoshihiko Miyauchi, who ran Orix Corp. for more than 30 years, says Japan must discriminate against short-term shareholders.
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 17, 2015
BOJ must adopt pay goal as deflation looms, price professor says
The Bank of Japan must take the unusual step of preventing a return to deflation, according to a professor at the University of Tokyo who tracks prices.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 4, 2015
Chinese desire for fancy toilet seats spurs 1,400% rally in Laox shares
Thousand-dollar rice cookers and toilet seats that know when you enter the room.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 22, 2015
Ramen dividends: Holders of some firms' shares fancy 'yutai' gifts
Many stock investors collect dividends. Hiroto Kiritani, however, collects melons. And ramen noodles, McDonald's hamburgers, the clothes on his back, anything, really, that Japanese companies send him, gratis, just for owning their stock.
BUSINESS
Oct 20, 2014
Aesop's fable becomes a symbol of Japan's new shareholder activism
Seeking to explain changing attitudes in the world's second-biggest stock market, asset managers in Tokyo have been evoking ancient Greece.
BUSINESS / Markets
Aug 8, 2014
Nikkei financial newspaper has a lock on earnings prescience
If you wanted to find out what Toyota Motor Corp., NTT Docomo Inc. and Canon Inc. earned last year before they reported their results, the best guide wasn't analyst or company predictions. It was the Nikkei newspaper.

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