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Yuka Nakao
For Yuka Nakao's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Apr 23, 2022
Japan's bid to address weak yen sidelined by G20 rift over Russia
Despite Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki taking every opportunity to raise the issue, his efforts to arrest the yen's weakness seem to have borne no fruit.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 18, 2022
Japan's February core consumer prices up 0.6% on surging energy costs
The nationwide core consumer price index, excluding volatile fresh food items, advanced for the sixth straight month following a 0.2% rise in January.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Music
Jan 13, 2022
Sony Music takes the lead in supporting artists' mental wellbeing
The company's pioneering 'B-side' initiative addresses the toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken on its signed talent with regular mental and physical checkups and counseling.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 1, 2021
Japan business investment rose 1.2% on year from July to September
While capital spending was up for the second straight quarter, growth remained slow as some firms hesitated to invest amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Nov 13, 2021
Toshiba split gives investors clearer outlook and could spur realignment of peers
Market analysts and experts in business strategy see Toshiba's split-up as a welcome and legitimate move that will change the industrial landscape.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Oct 29, 2021
Election pledges on LGBTQ rights boost legislation hopes in Japan
Six opposition parties have promised that they will seek to present bills to the Diet next year to help protect LGBTQ people against discrimination and legalize same-sex marriage.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Oct 19, 2021
Japan's key electronics fair opens with spotlight on low-carbon tech
The major electronics show involving more than 300 companies opened Tuesday, with the spotlight on cutting-edge technologies designed to achieve carbon neutrality.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Sep 20, 2021
Kono win in ruling party election would push stocks higher, analysts say
Brokers have said that investors are now buying on hopes for a possible fresh stimulus to be compiled by Suga's successor, who many believe will have a higher approval rate.
Japan Times
PARALYMPICS / Summer Paralympics
Aug 30, 2021
Cooling measures all the more crucial for Paralympic athletes
Temperatures have regularly topped 30 degrees Celsius since the start of the Olympics more than a month ago, and the high heat is set to continue through the remainder of the Paralympics.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 1, 2021
Japanese firms worry about business impact as Myanmar unrest grows
Many of the more than 400 Japanese companies with local operations in the country have taken steps such as putting business plans on hold.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
Jun 26, 2021
Toshiba management woes seen deepening after strong shareholder rebuke
The shareholder revolt, led by foreign activist investors, against the approval of Nagayama as chairman has added to the tumult at Toshiba over the past few months.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 27, 2021
Foreign students in Japan hunt online for jobs amid pandemic
Virtual job fairs have attracted hundreds of students from a number of countries, all looking for opportunities in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 28, 2021
Japanese female financial analysts urge change in male-dominated profession
With the gender gap still significant, women are calling for changes in the industry's punishing workstyle and an end to a deep-rooted bias.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets / FOCUS
Feb 15, 2021
Nikkei likely to surge beyond 30,000 as businesses recover from pandemic
With top Japanese firms upgrading earnings outlooks for the year through March, some analysts forecast the share index will rise as high as 34,000 by the end of 2021.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 6, 2021
Tokyo bourse sets out sustainable investing pathway
Tokyo Stock Exchange Inc. and its parent company have made available a handbook to assist listed firms identify, track and disclose their ethical credentials.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets / FOCUS
Dec 30, 2020
Tokyo stocks set to climb in 2021 as economy recovers from pandemic
Foreign investors, who have been net buyers of Japanese stocks in recent months, are likely to remain buyers in line with a global economic recovery.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets / FOCUS
Dec 1, 2020
Tokyo bourse outage exposes need for investment in human resources
The TSE has admitted its procedures for resuming trading were inadequate as it had not taken into account a glitch that would require a total system reboot.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
May 21, 2020
How do you reduce stress in a confined space? Ask an astronaut
Atsuhiro Mitsumaru, principal medical officer at Japan's space agency, says a comparison can be drawn between life on the ISS and staying at home.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Apr 10, 2020
Fukushima mothers record radiation for future generations
A group of more than 10 mothers set up a citizen-led laboratory to monitor radiation levels in Fukushima communities only months after a massive earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at a nuclear power plant in the prefecture nine years ago.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / ANALYSIS
Mar 22, 2020
Experts sound alarm over Japan's coronavirus testing
Some are casting doubt on whether the country can provide adequate testing and promote effective policies to contain the outbreak.

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