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Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 13, 2020
After 133% rally, SoftBank investors bet there’s more to come
Founder Masayoshi Son has made a career out of confounding his doubters, and analysts see plenty of upside to his company's share price despite all its recent troubles.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 10, 2020
Japanese college dropout builds $560 million fortune through AI firm
AI inside Inc. has ambitious plans to expand outside Japan and into other business lines.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 25, 2020
Activist investors busier than ever in Japan despite coronavirus
Shareholder activists are saying they have more than enough cash to weather the coronavirus pandemic and boost shareholder returns.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Jun 11, 2020
Founder of software company who turned down SoftBank joins ranks of Japan’s billionaires
Masayoshi Son had offered to buy Shunji Sugaya's business idea for $2.8 million.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
May 24, 2020
Growing need for digital signatures gives Japanese firm a massive boost
The coronavirus pandemic is yanking corporate Japan into the 21st century and raising the shares of Bengo4.com Inc.
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 12, 2020
Activist urges Japanese clothing firm Sanyo Shokai to sell itself
A U.S. activist investor has called on Japanese clothing company Sanyo Shokai Ltd. to sell itself, saying a new owner would help turn around the firm.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 10, 2020
Goldman says Japan stock index may still be too big after re-size
Japan's equity market overhaul may cut the companies in the benchmark gauge by a few hundred, and that won't be enough for investors, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 9, 2020
Japan-run language school that saw stock surge 1,093% last year eyes expansion
A Japan-run language school that saw its stock soar almost 12-fold last year is planning to expand into new business areas as its chief executive officer tries to keep the rally alive.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 16, 2019
Shareholder activism rises in Japan as firms go hostile and investors speak out
Record shareholder activism is combining with rare hostile takeover bids in Japan, in a trend that's seen as good news for investors in the country's ¥675 trillion stock market.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 31, 2019
Japan Inc. paying more dividends than ever, says Nomura Holdings
Japan Inc. is paying dividends like never before, and that's poised to lure more investors, according to Nomura Holdings Inc.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Tech
Sep 5, 2019
5G stocks among rare winners in Japan's sluggish market
Even with an ongoing trade war between the world's two biggest economies, and a weak domestic market, some Japanese investors suggest going long on next-generation technology stocks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 3, 2019
Japan Inc. sitting on ¥506.4 trillion mountain of cash
In banks across Japan sits a pile of money that's bigger than most countries' gross domestic product — the cash reserves of the nation's companies. For some it's a testament to their strength, but to many it's a wasted opportunity.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 27, 2019
Miyakoshi, the first Japanese firm into postwar China, hopes for a real estate-driven comeback
When it comes to China, Kunimasa Miyakoshi has at least two claims to fame.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 15, 2019
Goldman sees a bargain in resilient Japanese cram school with focus on private tuition
Noriko Mori, 47, paid about ¥700,000 ($6,300) to a cram school to help her daughter prepare for a school entrance exam in Tokyo. Her daughter was six, and the entrance exam was for an elementary school.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 23, 2018
Kura's Kunihiko Tanaka: From peddling vinegar to running a sushi empire
Kunihiko Tanaka was peddling vinegar to sushi restaurants in western Japan when he spotted the opportunity that would change his life.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 28, 2018
Having outperformed Topix, a pioneer female money manager takes her womenomics fund to U.S.
Miyuki Kashima was one of the first female fund managers in Japan, with a career that dates back to the mid-1980s, before the country's bubble burst. Now she's outperforming the benchmark index by buying companies that hire and promote more women.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / ANALYSIS
May 22, 2018
Japan's earnings reports mostly disappoint, but analysts see hope ahead
With Japan's quarterly reporting period almost over, one analyst summed up the general feeling about companies' profit performance.
BUSINESS / Markets / FOCUS
Apr 4, 2018
As market watchers wonder when easing will taper, Bank of Japan counters sell-off with record buying
It's been a bad year for the Japanese stock market. Without record purchases by the Bank of Japan, it could have been even worse.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 19, 2018
After Daifuku's 1,200% stock surge, departing Japan chip CEO aims for more
Masaki Hojo, who built Daifuku Co. into the world's largest maker of machines for handling chip materials, is once again challenging market expectations even as he prepares to make his exit from the company.
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 12, 2018
Bain says the record year for Japan private equity is no one-off
Japan's banner year for buyouts is just the start of a bigger boom in the market, says the fund responsible for more than four-fifths of private equity deals in the country by value in 2017.

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