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Gearoid Reidy
For Gearoid Reidy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 29, 2021
Investors hedge their bets as Japan readies for first election under Kishida
Will traders be in for a trick or a treat from the Halloween vote?
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 27, 2021
Tokyo Stock Exchange to extend trading day, adjusting close for first time since 1954
The switch is planned at the same time as a large upgrade of the exchange's trading systems, in the second half of the fiscal year ending March 2025.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 9, 2021
Investors fear talk of taxes in Kishida’s ‘new capitalism’
Fumio Kishida's first speech to the Diet as Japan's 100th prime minister was an impassioned performance compared to his staid predecessor, but it did little to relieve investor concerns.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 6, 2021
‘Kishida Shock’ hits Japan's markets with investors wary of redistribution plans
The hashtag 'Kishida Shock” trended on Twitter, as the 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average was set to extend its losing streak to an eighth day.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 30, 2021
Soul food photo boosts Twitter profile of Japan's next leader
The politician set to become Japan's next prime minister may not be all that savvy on social media — but a photo of his favorite food struck a chord with Twitter users.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 8, 2021
PayPal to acquire Japanese unicorn Paidy in ¥300 billion deal
PayPal is looking to deepen its push into buy-now-pay-later products, with Paidy a standout provider in a country where nearly three-quarters of purchases are paid for with cash.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 3, 2021
Tokyo Stock Exchange plans to extend trading day by 30 minutes
The report comes after the exchange formed a working group earlier this year to discuss extending trading hours past the current 3 p.m. close.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 31, 2021
Warren Buffett has made $2 billion so far with bet on Japan's trading houses
The gain of more than 30% across the five firms has outpaced the benchmark Topix index's 21% rise, without accounting for dividend income.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 4, 2021
Japan’s post-Olympics stock bounce depends on controlling COVID-19
The Nikkei usually rises when Japan hauls in gold medals, but all bets are off during the pandemic.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 28, 2021
Surprising stocks see windfall as Japan tops Olympic medal table
The nation's haul of 11 gold medals is lifting everything from real estate stocks to the shares of seafood vendors with the most tenuous of links to the medalists.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 26, 2021
Japanese skateboard stocks jump after host claims gold medals
Shares in Morito Co., which distributes skateboarding gear, were among those that surged Monday after Momiji Nishiya's victory in the Olympic women's street skateboarding event.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 21, 2021
No-spectator Olympics produces winners and losers for Japanese stocks
Thanks to the resurgent pandemic, shares in the likes of fried-chicken chains, food-delivery operators and electronics stores selling TVs are seen as more likely to get a boost.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 16, 2021
Japan gives nod to future IPO of massive Tokyo subway operator
A privatization of the subway, which carries an average of 7.56 million riders per day, has been keenly awaited for years, especially among retail investors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 7, 2021
The Yahoo brand is still worth ¥178.5 billion to Masayoshi Son
Yahoo brands made up four of the top-10 visited websites in Japan in 2020, according to a survey by Values Inc.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 2, 2021
Shohei Ohtani's baseball skills help his sponsors outperform the market
As the U.S. takes note of Ohtani's prodigious ability, some market watchers in Japan are eyeing a third skill — the ability to boost share prices.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 29, 2021
Beware of ‘ESG bubble,’ says ex-chair of world’s biggest pension fund
Eiji Hirano says the Government Pension Investment Fund needs to 'think about how to analyze if ESG is really profitable, as well as how to evaluate and standardize ESG.'
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 25, 2021
Buddhist monk who built popular Tokyo startup seeks IPO in 2021
Campfire's Kazuma Ieiri is one of a growing number of CEOs in Japan who have followed an atypical path to success.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Jun 16, 2021
‘Deeply disturbing’ Toshiba report points to powerful figures
It's a rare public account of how Japan's bureaucrats allegedly coordinated with a private company to exert control over foreign shareholders.

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