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Gearoid Reidy
For Gearoid Reidy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 16, 2023
Don’t allow the attack on Kishida to become a trend
Two assaults on Japanese political leaders in one year suggests a trend. We need to avoid amplifying the message of their perpetrators.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 12, 2023
Move over 'Minions,' it’s Mario time at the movies
The iconic plumber Mario is set to make more at the box office than any animated movie. But don’t expect a Nintendo Cinematic Universe just yet.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 29, 2023
Japan wants wage winners. Is it ready for losers?
Prime Minister Kishida has urged firms to boost workers’ pay. That would require more social upheaval than the country is prepared to accept.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 23, 2023
WBC baseball victory is a triumph for Japan’s soft power
The nation’s lost decades don’t extend to sports. That will help drive Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s narrative as he prepares to host the Group of Seven in Hiroshima.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 19, 2023
The cherry blossoms are back, but is Tokyo?
Japan’s famous petals are blooming, and for the first time in four years so are the associated parties. But not everything COVID-19 took away will return.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 16, 2023
Somewhere in the multiverse, SVB could be the BOJ
Just like Silicon Valley, Japan is dependent on easy money. That makes SVB’s collapse a cautionary tale for those who think the central bank should be tightening.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Mar 15, 2023
Squaring the circle of same-sex marriage in Japan
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is being drawn into a debate on marriage equality ahead of the G7 summit. Could he turn it into an opportunity?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 1, 2023
Quakes are inevitable. Huge death tolls are not.
Better building standards mean earthquakes need not turn into the devastation seen in Turkey and Syria. The world should pay attention.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 22, 2023
Can money turn the tide on global fertility rates?
Japan, the poster child for aging societies, promises radical spending to boost its birthrate. That’s unlikely to fix the issue.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 15, 2023
What Kazuo Ueda’s past says about the BOJ’s future
Japan’s new central bank boss, Kazuo Ueda, is being likened to a wise old policy 'owl' rather than a 'dove' or a 'hawk.'
Japan Times
CULTURE / TV & Streaming
Feb 9, 2023
‘The Last of Us’ shows it pays to take gaming seriously
The TV series' critical and commercial success signals the potential rise of video game adaptations.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Feb 2, 2023
Superheroes need not apply for the BOJ’s top job
The challenges facing Kuroda’s BOJ successor look almost conventional. There’s no sense of national peril this time.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 27, 2023
Begging Japanese companies to hike wages is not the answer
Japan’s prime minister is asking employers to pay workers more. He should make the market do that instead.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 27, 2023
Kuroda’s head-fakes make the unthinkable plausible
Skepticism about the Bank of Japan’s intentions is clouding Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's last months on the job.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 25, 2023
The growing comprehension gap that isolates Japan
Japan's central bank governor and the market are talking at cross-purposes. It shows a country that’s both badly understood and a poor communicator.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 13, 2023
Japan’s standing is rising, but not so for its leader
Japan's significance as a geopolitical power has rarely been higher, but that's little solace for its unloved prime minister, Fumio Kishida.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 9, 2023
Don’t pay people to leave Tokyo. Make more Tokyos.
Trying to arrest rural depopulation, Japan wants people to quit Tokyo, its greatest metropolis. How about creating new ones instead?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 30, 2022
‘Avatar’ performance shows how Japan is ditching Hollywood
The world's third-largest box office, Japan, is dumping Western movies for local animated hits. Hollywood needs to pay attention.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 28, 2022
Haruhiko Kuroda spent 2022 showing the courage to be disliked
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda ticked nearly everyone off in a chaotic year. He won't care.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Dec 21, 2022
Master of surprise Kuroda does it one more time
An unexpected BOJ policy tweak stunned markets. Expect central banking's biggest outlier to keep confounding investors.

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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