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For Gearoid Reidy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 27, 2020
Japan's Go To Travel campaign sparks debate on links to COVID-19 spread
National leaders are reluctant to scrap the stimulus, which has been hailed for injecting trillions of yen into the economy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 20, 2020
‘Selling dog as mutton’: Mobile carriers dip on minister’s rebuke
Shares in some of the country’s largest mobile phone carriers dropped in Tokyo after the communications minister accused the companies of deploying a bait-and-switch tactic in cutting the costs of mobile phone plans.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Nov 18, 2020
Episode 73: Japan's third wave of COVID-19
Gearoid Reidy, a senior editor at Bloomberg, joins us to discuss whether we might see a new state of emergency and the hope provided by the recent news about vaccines.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 27, 2020
Canon and Nidec outlooks offer early hints for Japan blue chips
Canon is forecasting operating profit 42% higher than the figure it gave previously, while Nidec has lifted its outlook by 12%.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 21, 2020
Millions of movie-goers defy pandemic for record opening of 'Demon Slayer'
More than 3.4 million people put the risk of virus infection aside to turn up for the opening weekend of 'Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Infinite Train.'
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 20, 2020
With Buffett's seal of approval, overseas investors revisit Japan stocks
Last week, foreign traders spent u00a51.42 trillion ($13.5 billion) on Japanese stocks — the most in more than 18 months and the fifth-largest amount on record.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 14, 2020
Big money and day traders both love Japanese tech darling Mercari
With shares up almost 25% since its last earnings, all eyes will be on its performance in the latest quarter when it announces results Oct. 30.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 13, 2020
Buffett-led share price boom short-lived for most Japan trading firms
The August announcement, among the largest investments ever made by Buffett in Japan, boosted investor interest in the trading companies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 13, 2020
As cinemas struggle worldwide, Japan’s movie king Toho nears new high
The firm, which owns theaters and also produces movies, has seen its stock recover 45% from its March low.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 9, 2020
Suga’s daily schedule may carry key insights for stock investors
Shares in GMO Internet Inc., a tech conglomerate, jumped as much as 5.5 percent Thursday after founder and CEO Masatoshi Kumagai tweeted that he'd had dinner with Suga.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Oct 8, 2020
As Cineworld closes its theaters, Japan’s Toho on a upward trajectory
While global cinemas are reeling from the coronavirus and delays to “Dune” and the latest James Bond release, shares of Japan's biggest movie company are climbing back toward a record high as the world's third-largest movie market slowly returns to normal.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Oct 6, 2020
Nintendo bulls betting Switch can provide gaming’s iPhone moment
Some Nintendo bulls believe the company can transform into one that's able to roll out incremental new platforms while retaining its user base.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 29, 2020
Japan stocks finally beat bubble-era high — at least on one gauge
The Nikkei 500, an index that includes 275 more companies than the benchmark 225-issue Nikkei average, rose to a record Monday, topping the closing high in December 1989.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 5, 2020
Experts shoot down Osaka governor's claim that gargling helps beat virus
Experts cast doubt over claims by officials in the city of Osaka that a gargling medicine could help treat coronavirus patients, even as shelves across Japan were stripped clean of popular brands.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 4, 2020
Gargle medicine can fight coronavirus, Osaka governor says, citing limited data
The governor of Osaka Prefecture touted the powers of gargling medicine to control the coronavirus and recommended its use, sending related shares jumping and clearing shelves of disinfectants even as some questioned the findings.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 29, 2020
Japan dodged surge in total fatalities during peak virus month
Japan officially recorded 468 coronavirus-related fatalities in May, almost half its total to date of 1,001.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 21, 2020
Proxy fight looms as Japanese operator of cheap restaurants Ootoya opposes offer
The battle comes as the restaurant business in Japan, as in much of the world, is struggling to stay afloat due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 13, 2020
After 133% rally, SoftBank investors bet there’s more to come
Founder Masayoshi Son has made a career out of confounding his doubters, and analysts see plenty of upside to his company's share price despite all its recent troubles.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jul 8, 2020
Hundreds of cases, but no state of emergency: What changed in Japan?
This isn't April, when businesses shut their doors and workers stayed home; government officials argue that another emergency declaration isn't necessary.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 29, 2020
Amateur traders pile into Asian stocks, making pros nervous
When the coronavirus pandemic sent shares plunging, you didn’t have to be a professional investor to spot a buying opportunity. In fact, it might be better if you weren’t.

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Why is the most exciting art in Japan so hard to get to?