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Lisa Du
For Lisa Du's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 8, 2023
Rothschild taps ex-Daiwa banker to bolster Japan expansion
The French investment bank hired Yuichi Akai to expand its Japan business and grow its team in the country.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 18, 2023
Overseas share of Japan hotel investments at highest level since 2014
Observers say a combination of low rates, the weak yen and market stability has made Japanese real estate attractive for global investors amid pervasive economic uncertainty.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 24, 2023
Why Japanese banks are well placed to withstand banking crisis
Regulators and industry heads have been quick to say Japan’s financial system is sound, while analysts have been busy reassuring worried bank investors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 13, 2023
Masatoshi Ito, founder of Japanese retailer Ito-Yokado, dies at 98
The company Ito founded was the predecessor to Seven & I Holdings, operator of more than 83,000 7-Elevens dotting the globe, with about a fourth of them in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 6, 2022
Amazon grapples with more labor strife, this time in Japan
A group of 15 subcontracted drivers in the city of Nagasaki is protesting the long hours and excessive number of deliveries in the absence of overtime pay.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Mar 26, 2022
China eases U.S. concern on Russian sanctions by drilling into their details
Chinese diplomats in Washington have been in contact with U.S. counterparts asking for granular details on the sanctions in an apparent bid for compliance.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Feb 4, 2022
Winter Olympics opening gives China a chance to spin its image
But even with the advantage of viewers' general excitement, Beijing has an uphill battle as reports of human rights abuses and suppression of dissent linger in public memory.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 25, 2022
As cases mount, China eases COVID-19 testing standards for Beijing Olympics
It's likely that more cases will be recorded than at the Tokyo Olympics, as Beijing is testing more frequently and the omicron variant is much more infectious than delta.
Japan Times
WORLD
Dec 6, 2021
China’s power in Asia falls as U.S. regains authority, research group says
The U.S. gained more influence in Asia this year due to President Joe Biden's administration brokering better diplomatic relationships and a recovery from the pandemic due to vaccines.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Oct 13, 2021
Why some nations using the same vaccines have deadlier COVID-19 outbreaks
Everything from dose intervals to the behavior of unvaccinated people has shaped the outcome of recent delta-driven waves in different countries.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 8, 2021
COVID-19 pill sales could hit $2 billion, drugmaker Shionogi says
Competition to snag a piece of the COVID pill market is fierce, as the world adjusts to the virus being endemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 14, 2021
Japan overtakes U.S. in first vaccinations despite starting months later
Japan has given first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to 63.6% of its population, surpassing the U.S. in the proportion of those who have had at least one shot.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Sep 8, 2021
With half of Japan vaccinated, what's next for the vaccine rollout?
Lisa Du, a reporter at Bloomberg's Tokyo bureau, joins us to give an update on Japan's vaccine rollout and the challenges ahead.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 6, 2021
Daiichi Sankyo positions its COVID-19 vaccine as a booster in Japan
Daiichi Sankyo is aiming for full regulatory approval by the second half of next year.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 1, 2021
Youth clobbered, elderly spared in Japan’s worst-ever COVID-19 wave
The makeup of serious patients is now mostly those in middle age and younger — very different from the January spike, which saw very few serious cases in their 20s and 30s.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 26, 2021
Japan's hospitals turn thousands of COVID-19 patients away
The nation's otherwise highly regarded medical system seems unable to adapt quickly to emergencies, or reform to meet such needs.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Aug 10, 2021
Japan reaches 100 million vaccine doses as focus shifts to youth
However, the country also has the lowest rate among the Group of Seven advanced nations of its population being fully vaccinated at 32.9%.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 2, 2021
Olympic bubble holds up even as Tokyo's COVID-19 cases hit record
Among athletes and stakeholders of the Olympics, the virus positivity rate has been only 0.02% with over 400,000 tests conducted so far, organizers said on Sunday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 13, 2021
Eisai pushes second Alzheimer's drug despite call to probe U.S. approval of first
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's June approval of Aduhelm caused resignations among a panel of independent experts who said the therapy was ineffective.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 9, 2021
Fujifilm says pivot to health care and chips paid off in pandemic
Over the past decade, Fujifilm parlayed its expertise in film and chemicals to move into medical diagnostics, pharmaceutical manufacturing and supplying materials to chipmakers.

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