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Lisa Du
For Lisa Du's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 23, 2020
Japan's bitter vaccine history creates hurdle in COVID-19 fight
Japan has one of the lowest rates of vaccine confidence in the world, according to a Lancet study, which found that fewer than 30% of people strongly agreed that vaccines were safe.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 20, 2020
This virus expert saved Japan from the worst of COVID-19. But has the magic worn off?
Those who worked with Hitoshi Oshitani say his early sense of urgency, constantly badgering government officials to do more, has been crucial to Japan's novel coronavirus response.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 16, 2020
Walmart to sell 85% stake in Seiyu to Rakuten and KKR
The deal is meant to shore up Seiyu's digital operations with the aid of its new owners as demand for online retail grows in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 16, 2020
Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing's profits up on China and Japan sales
Analysts say Fast Retailing is in a position to recover faster compared with its peers, given its emphasis on affordable, basic clothing suitable for working from home.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 1, 2020
Docomo deal signals more unwinding of 'parent-child' listings in Japan
After years of complaints from corporate governance experts, the wave of consolidation or sales of these units is gathering pace.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 1, 2020
Japan brewers bet on tax cut to revive pandemic-hit sales
As of Thursday, the government is starting to bring taxes of different varieties of alcoholic products more in line with each other.
Japan Times
WORLD / FOCUS
Sep 29, 2020
Why the true coronavirus death toll may be way over 1 million
Even in countries with sophisticated health systems, mortality is difficult to accurately gauge.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 8, 2020
Hedge funds say no turning back on Abe’s Japan reforms
Despite a change in leader later this month, it has been suggested that Japan Inc. will continue down its current path.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 25, 2020
They beat COVID-19, but debilitating effects and economic costs may linger for years
Long-haulers — survivors of COVID-19 left with debilitating conditions — represent another insidious dimension of the pandemic.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 1, 2020
'Higher culture' Japan acted like it had the virus under wraps, but now it’s everywhere
Japan risks becoming a warning for what happens when a country moves too fast to normalize its economy and doesn't adjust its strategy when the outbreak changes.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 24, 2020
The low-tech way that Japan managed to tackle the virus quickly
Experts contend that the existence of public health centers are one of the key reasons Japan was able to avoid an explosion in coronavirus cases.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 12, 2020
Shiseido looks to China's online model for post-pandemic growth
Measures to control the virus have melted away social norms like putting on makeup in the morning or spritzing on perfume before a night out.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 21, 2020
No pause in coronavirus trial for Avigan, Japan's lead researcher says
The lead researcher in the coronavirus trial for flu drug Avigan says it’s too early to make a call on whether it works and shrugged off negative reports about the interim results, saying patients are still being enrolled.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 2, 2020
‘False dawn’ recovery haunts coronavirus survivors who fall sick again
A growing number of worrying reports have shown patients appearing to have a reactivation of symptoms, testing positive again, or even potentially being reinfected.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 10, 2020
Virus pandemic pushes Japan’s shoppers to finally buy online
Now that the government is urging consumers and businesses to step up efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, shoppers may finally have no excuse but to embrace e-commerce and wean themselves from brick-and-mortar stores.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health / ANALYSIS
Mar 13, 2020
How U.S. and Europe can learn from Asia's battle against coronavirus
The spreading coronavirus has health officials from the U.S. to Europe searching for answers. To find them, they could look to the experience of Asia, which has been battling the deadly pathogen since January — with some success.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 20, 2020
As COVID-19 spreads, Takeda CEO urges more industry investment in vaccines
The spread of novel coronavirus infections is starting to make one thing clear: More vaccine investment is needed, the CEO of Asia's biggest drugmaker said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 7, 2020
Japanese firms set to outspend Chinese rivals in Asia amid favorable landscape
Japanese firms outspent their Chinese rivals for the second year in a row to be the biggest deal-making force in Asia in 2019, aided by favorable financing and reduced competition in the face of U.S.-China tensions.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal / ANALYSIS
Jan 4, 2020
Carlos Ghosn's escape ramps up pressure on foreign suspects and Japanese justice system
The Tokyo District Court let Carlos Ghosn post bail last March, overruling prosecutors' objections that he was a flight risk. After all, how could one of the most recognizable foreign people in the country flee while under round-the-clock surveillance?
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 1, 2019
For Akiyoshi Koji, Asahi's bold dealmaker, beer remains at heart of global growth strategy
The biggest dealmaker in Japan this year has one thing on his mind: beer, and then more beer — more than $20 billion worth of it in the past four years, to be precise.

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