Joe Cash
For Joe Cash's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A man walks through the Central Business District on a rainy day, in Beijing.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 28, 2023
West's de-risking starts to bite China's prospects
China is outwardly confident about growth despite a global economic slowdown
A rocket launched from the Gaza Strip strikes an area near Sderot, southern Israel, on Monday.
Oct 10, 2023
Middle East crisis exposes limits of China's diplomatic ambitions
After the killings of more than 900 Israelis in coordinated assaults by the Islamic group Hamas, China's response was muted.
Buildings in Guangzhou, China. Aside from short-term solutions, economists see three options for China to restructure its economy.
Sep 4, 2023
Part of China's economic miracle was a mirage. Reality check is next.
While many analysts see a slow drift towards Japan-style stagnation as the most likely outcome, there is also the prospect of a more severe crunch.
New Zealand Prime Minister Chris Hipkins (center) and others, as Britain signs the treaty to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, in Auckland on July 16.
Aug 1, 2023
China entry into trans-Pacific trade pact faces political hurdles
China should be able to meet standards set out in the pact, experts say, forcing members to make a politically uncomfortable decision on letting it join.
A worker stands in front of a machine on a yarn production line in Putian, Fujian province, China, in February 2021.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 31, 2023
China's factory, services sectors show weakness, need for stimulus
Construction sector activity for July was its weakest since COVID-19-related workplace disruptions dissipated around February.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 7, 2023
For Musk and other foreign CEOs visiting China, silence is golden
Musk, known for his unreserved banter on Twitter, was uncharacteristically silent on a whirlwind trip last week.
Japan Times
Mar 7, 2023
'Xi Jinping's guy': Longtime acolyte Li Qiang set to be China's next premier
Leadership watchers say Li Qiang"s closeness to Xi is both a strength and a vulnerability: While he has Xi"s trust, he is beholden to his longtime patron.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
In disaster-prone Japan, some communities consider major moves