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Lisa Du
For Lisa Du's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 25, 2021
Uniqlo made a bet on comfortable bras. Now it’s paying off.
The firm edged out bra specialist Wacoal Holdings Corp. last year to become the top seller of women's intimate wear in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 19, 2021
U.S. blocked Uniqlo shirts over Xinjiang forced-labor concerns
Uniqlo failed to provide enough information to establish the items were not produced in part by forced labor in China's far west Xinjiang region, according to U.S. customs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 14, 2021
CEOs criticize Japan’s slow vaccine push, saying growth at risk
While Japan has fared better during the pandemic compared with its Western peers, executives fear that the pace of inoculations will have an impact on potential recovery.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
May 14, 2021
U.S. audiences can’t get enough of Japanese action shows and anime
Have you seen 'Yasuke' yet? How about 'Alice in Borderland'? If you're in the United States, according to Netflix, it's increasingly likely that you have.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 1, 2021
Japanese frustrated over vaccine rollout after learning of EU exports
The EU has said that it had authorized some 52.3 million doses made in European factories for export to Japan, the highest volume among all 43 countries to which vaccines have been shipped.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 28, 2021
With 1.1% of people vaccinated, Japan lags behind the developed world
Within Asia, Japan trails China, India, Singapore and South Korea and is only slightly ahead of lower-income nations like the Philippines and Thailand.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 12, 2021
Japan’s slow vaccine rollout pushes back recovery time frame
The slow rollout means struggling businesses and fearful shoppers will have to hold out for longer as the economy's recovery is delayed by as much as two years compared with global peers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 9, 2021
New Asahi CEO sees post-pandemic bounce in Super Dry beer demand
Atsushi Katsuki, who wants to see the beer break into the top 10 globally, predicts that post-pandemic consumption will surge due to people's pent-up demand for socializing.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 5, 2021
Japanese luxury resort operator Hoshino eyes U.S. hot spring potential
The 107-year-old company famed for retreats in beautiful locales aims to open its first location on the U.S. mainland in the next three to five years.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 31, 2021
Experts fear the Olympics could trigger a global superspreader event
While those involved in the games will be somewhat isolated from the Japanese public, Tokyo has ruled out using two core tenets of containment: quarantines and vaccinations.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Mar 24, 2021
Episode 87: Half a million and counting — Japan's rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine
Around 500,000 people have been vaccinated in Japan to date, one of the slowest vaccination programs across developed nations.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Mar 16, 2021
New Sapporo brewery planned for U.S. in market expansion move
The Japanese beermaker hopes the move, which it aims to complete by the end of 2024, will also help it to cut costs.
Japan Times
JAPAN / FOCUS
Mar 3, 2021
Fear of being upstaged by China fuels Japan’s Olympics push
Japan's fear of losing face against its closest regional rival has upped the ante for the Summer Games.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 8, 2021
Window of opportunity: Indoor grilling becomes a safe bet during pandemic
Good ventilation is turning into a powerful weapon for yakiniku restaurants, sucking away not just smoke but airborne pathogens quickly.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC
Jan 15, 2021
Why many Asian countries are being cautious on vaccines
The nations quickest to enact social distancing and contact-tracing systems have mostly kept COVID-19 in check, but their citizens now find themselves lagging in receiving vaccinations.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 14, 2021
Uniqlo owner’s stock hits record as shoppers go casual in pandemic
Operating profit rose 23% to u00a5113.1 billion ($1.1 billion) in the three months ended Nov. 30, according to a company statement released Thursday.
Japan Times
PODCAST / deep dive
Jan 13, 2021
Episode 77: When will Japan get a vaccine for COVID-19?
Bloomberg reporter Lisa Du joins Deep Dive to discuss when Japan will start to distribute a vaccine for COVID-19, and why it has fallen so far behind other countries.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 12, 2021
Cash piles and hostile bids set stage for a wild year in Japan M&A
While the broader trends that have driven recent overseas moves will likely hold, companies are also focusing inward, as they restructure assets and evaluate domestic competition.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jan 1, 2021
Japan’s stance against emergency appears to shift as virus cases soar
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is considering a request to the central government to declare a state of emergency, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Longform

Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on