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Gearoid Reidy
For Gearoid Reidy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 29, 2022
The eternal optimism of Masayoshi Son
The SoftBank founder sees an upside to almost every trouble the conglomerate has faced over the past year, from slumping share prices to failed mergers.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 22, 2022
The fertility crisis started in Japan, but it won’t stay here
A declining population and plummeting fertility rate isnu2019t a unique Japanese phenomenon. All rich countries will contend with this crisis.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 19, 2022
Japan’s blurred vision for the future of capitalism
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has finally given the broad strokes of his signature economic growth program. Itu2019s not Abeu2019s u201cThree Arrows.u201d
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 17, 2022
Relax, Japanese tourism is not becoming like North Korea
Itu2019s easy to be frustrated with Japanu2019s slow reopening, but the country needs to learn to let down its guard first.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 15, 2022
The yen won’t be moved by ‘90s nostalgia
The currency hit its weakest level since 1998, prompting speculation Japan might intervene again. But the world is a very different place today.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 8, 2022
The long-lasting legacy of a short-term prime minister
Yoshihide Sugau2019s time leading Japan was brief, but his accomplishments are surprisingly formidable. Itu2019s time to give his reputation another look.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jun 1, 2022
What a Netflix hit really reveals about Japanese risk-taking
Japanese parents crave job security for their kids. If anything, the country could afford to be a little more out there as far as risk taking goes.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
May 28, 2022
Tourists and the Japanese art of pandemic envy
Japan is debating when and how to take off masks. The country should proceed cautiously.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 13, 2022
‘Invest in Kishida’? Japan needs to persuade Elon Musk first.
How can Japanu2019s prime minister attract investors to a country that the worldu2019s richest man says will one day u2018cease to existu2019?
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 29, 2022
Japan’s aging billionaires think they are indispensable. That’s a problem.
Japan's aging and hard-working corporate founders donu2019t know when to walk away.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 21, 2022
Tokyo’s real superhero stocks need to take center stage
The Tokyo Stock Exchange created the new Prime segment to house Japanu2019s best companies u2014 then opened it to almost everyone, possibly making it irrelevant.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / Japan
Apr 6, 2022
With Japan still shut to travelers, it is out of sight and out of mind
Once a tourist hot spot before the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan should join Asian neighbors in relaxing its border entry rules, lest it fade even further from global consciousness.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 23, 2022
Toyota plans ¥100 billion buyback with shares trending down
The firm said in a statement it was taking the current stock price into account and being "more flexibleu201d than ever in its implementation of buybacks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 25, 2022
Japan’s petrochemical firms need to merge to survive, Mitsubishi Chemical CEO says
Jean-Marc Gilson compared the situation facing the chemical industry to other industries Japan once dominated, such as semiconductors and flat-screen televisions.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 2, 2022
Asics defies Nike’s China underperformance in return to profit
Many foreign sports brands struggled in China last year as controversy erupted over cotton sourced from the Xinjiang region, making Asic's performance a surprise.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jan 31, 2022
Buyback regulation concerns are overblown, Tokyo Stock Exchange chief says
Kishidau2019s "new capitalismu201d has been among the major themes for investors in Japan since he became prime minister last autumn.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 25, 2022
Apartment prices in Tokyo exceed bubble-era high to hit record
Rising demand from dual-income households and increasing construction costs are boosting the capitalu2019s once-moribund housing market.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 16, 2022
Investors search for safe havens as omicron takes hold in Asia
The threat of the omicron variant is becoming real for many of Asia’s biggest countries just as it looks set to subside in some Western nations, and that’s complicating investors’ search for winning share bets in the region.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Jan 13, 2022
A surge in omicron across Japan
COVID-19 cases have recently surged across the nation, led by an uptick in omicron infections in Okinawa, Tokyo and Osaka. Bloomberg's Gearoid Reidy talks about what the rapid spread of omicron means for Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jan 11, 2022
Tokyo pushes to reform its $6.5 trillion stock market. Analysts aren’t impressed.
Japan Exchange Group Inc. said 1,841 constituents would make up the new "primeu201d section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, but some analysts see it as little more than window-dressing.

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