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For Gearoid Reidy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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 flexible” 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
Kishida's 'new capitalism” 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 capital's 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 'prime” section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, but some analysts see it as little more than window-dressing.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 6, 2022
Japan’s beloved Super Dry beer to get first-ever recipe change
The company claims the new formula, which will go on sale next month, will improve the drinkability and aroma of the beverage while maintaining its hallmark crispness.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 16, 2021
Venture capital cash flows to Japan following China crackdown
Japan's startups are increasingly attracting interest from overseas investors as the country starts to shake off it's reputation as a unicorn-free venture backwater.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 14, 2021
Kishida floats buyback regulations, spooking Japanese stocks
Share buybacks surged in Japan under the Abe administration, who implemented a corporate governance code for companies to make them more responsive to shareholders.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 10, 2021
Worst could be over for Tokyo real estate as vacancy rate drops
Vacancies fell by 0.12 percentage points to 6.35% in the capital's five main business districts, ending months of increases amid the pandemic.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Dec 8, 2021
What explains Japan's low COVID-19 case count? And can we expect another wave?
Gearoid Reidy, senior editor at Bloomberg Japan, joins to discuss Japan's low COVID-19 case count, and if the country can expect another wave.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Dec 3, 2021
More companies will list in Japan this month than ever before
While Japan's stock market might have had an unassuming year overall, one sector is running red-hot: new listings.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Dec 2, 2021
Mitsubishi Chemical’s CEO makes mark with petrochemicals exit
The firm will exit its carbon products and petrochemicals businesses over the next several years as a step toward carbon neutrality, Jean-Marc Gilson said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 25, 2021
As Shinsei defense collapses, another poison pill works in Japan
Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho Ltd., a small maker of newspaper printing presses, said Thursday that Asia Development Capital Co. had decided not to pursue control of the firm.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 24, 2021
The poison pill, long hated by investors, gets new love in Japan
Tokyo-based Shinsei Bank Ltd. has asked shareholders to approve on Thursday its plan to use a poison pill defense against a proposed stake increase by SBI Holdings Inc.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 17, 2021
Japan's Recruit, the world’s top job finder, wants to get rid of resumes
Employers are struggling to fill both white- and blue-collar positions as job seekers re-evaluate their priorities post-pandemic.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 10, 2021
SoftBank’s ¥1 trillion buyback joy could prove to be short-lived
History indicates that repurchases need to keep coming for any gains to be sustained.

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