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For Gearoid Reidy's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 10, 2021
Toshiba sought ministry help to swing key vote, probe finds
Toshiba sought government help in an attempt to influence a key shareholder vote that installed its slate of directors, a probe has found in a vindication for investor activism in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Jun 2, 2021
Japan’s much-maligned vaccine campaign quietly gathers speed
The seven-day average of doses given has quadrupled in just two weeks, with about a quarter of the nearly 14 million shots given coming in the past week alone.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 28, 2021
Japan widens Tokyo vaccine center access after many slots remain open
Available slots were booked up within hours of the center being opened up to those age 65 and older in the surrounding prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 20, 2021
Tokyo traders see faster vaccine pace driving markets higher
With the country administering more than 1.3 million doses in the past three days, some strategists are expecting the slow vaccination narrative to shift.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 30, 2021
'Where are the female managers?' Japan’s newest foreign CEO asks
Mitsubishi Chemical chief Jean-Marc Gilson says in the absence of government intervention, he'll push internally and actively promote women when faced with candidates of equal skill.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 22, 2021
Human resources firm Visional surges in biggest new Tokyo listing since SoftBank
The operator of Bizreach, one of the country's most popular recruiting platforms for professionals, Visional rose as much as 50% above its u00a55,000 IPO price.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 19, 2021
As Pfizer talks fail to lift its markets, could Japan see vaccine envy?
The nation won praise during the pandemic for staying open while others locked down, but is now struggling with its inoculation program.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 8, 2021
Activist investors get their moment in Japan with $21 billion Toshiba bid
In corporate Japan, activist investors have gone from largely impotent onlookers to kingmakers in the space of just a few years.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 7, 2021
Child care firms benefit from stock boost as Suga looks to shake up sector
Reports suggest the prime minister aims to form a new government-wide 'Children's Agency” to oversee and strengthen policy for infants and children.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 31, 2021
One Lehman Shock, please: Tip-trading bar in Tokyo highlights growth in retail investors
Retail traders now make up around 21% of Japan's stock market, up from just 16% before the outbreak.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 26, 2021
Muji operator shares tumble as brand seen at risk of China boycott
Shares in Uniqlo operator Fast Retailing also fell in morning trading before recovering.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Mar 4, 2021
Bank of Japan shares' baffling surge comes to a halt
While the BOJ is unusual in being a listed central bank, the stock pays a tiny dividend and holds no voting rights. In fact, the central bank doesn't even hold shareholders' meetings.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 4, 2021
Is print dead? With shift to digital, office-equipment giant Ricoh votes yes
Stock surged in the Japanese firm well known as a maker of copiers, printers and faxes after it announced it would transform to leave paper behind.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 19, 2021
One Fast Retailing share for ¥100,000 sparks concern over Nikkei dominance
Fast Retailing has risen about 80% in the past 12 months and the price per share broke the u00a5100,000 level on Tuesday, making it the only listed company in Japan to trade at such a value.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 19, 2021
Japanese firm with all-male board says sorry for failing on diversity
In December, Cybozu announced it was soliciting applications internally for directors in an attempt to diversify its board.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 17, 2021
The Nikkei is back at 30,000. But it’s a whole different world.
With the index crash in 1990 that followed the deflating of the asset-price bubble, it would take more than three decades for the benchmark to hit a threshold first reached in 1988.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Feb 15, 2021
Need an app? This Japanese startup has a platform for that
The glaring need for creators has fueled investor expectations for local startup Yappli Inc., which designs off-the-shelf apps.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 3, 2021
GameStop frenzy is lost in translation for Japan’s day traders
Whatever the reason, Japan's throngs of retail investors seems reluctant to get too involved in the GameStop Corp. trading frenzy that has shaken markets worldwide.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 23, 2021
Japan still has a mountain to climb before it can lift emergency
Public health experts had already cast doubt on whether a monthlong measure would be enough — especially given that the first emergency went on for six weeks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 6, 2021
Japan chip sector boosted by report TSMC to build Tokyo facility
The two sides will soon sign a memorandum of understanding and form a 50-50 joint venture for the project, Taiwan media reported.

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