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Min Jeong Lee
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Dec 28, 2017
As dark pool action grows in Japan, top exchange lobbies for action
The Tokyo Stock Exchange is worried about Japan going dark.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Nov 20, 2017
Volatility returns to Tokyo markets
Bryan Goh says there's no clear reason why Japanese stocks suddenly started falling after a turbocharged rally sent them to their highest in a quarter century.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 15, 2017
How one Japan firm shifted its focus from steel plates to fancy phone screens
It calls itself a steel maker, but don't be misled by the name.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 24, 2017
During Tokyo stocks' bull run, the BOJ is sitting on its hands
The record rally on the Tokyo Stock Exchange is so powerful that one of the most prominent buyers is sitting on the sidelines.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 19, 2017
WPP alliance dead with or without Bain deal, Asatsu-DK CEO says
Asatsu-DK Inc.'s chief executive officer said he is determined to sever an alliance with top stockholder WPP PLC, seven months after the world's largest advertising agency called on share owners to vote him out.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 29, 2017
Foreign investors bet big on Japan stocks right before Abe's snap election call
In the two weeks before Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a snap election, foreign investors using the futures market — which are often hedge funds — suddenly turned hugely positive on Japanese shares.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 8, 2017
Apple, LG said to negotiate major OLED deal for iPhones starting 2019
Apple Inc. will have to wait until at least 2019 to be able to move beyond Samsung Electronics Co. for significant alternative supplies of next-generation, organic light-emitting diode screens for iPhones, according to people familiar with the matter.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 6, 2017
Mom and pop investors tiptoe into Japan's lucrative REIT market
This summer, Japanese real estate investment trusts benefited from an unexpected group of net buyers for the first time in nearly seven years: Mom and pop investors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 4, 2017
Kakao counting on Japan's love of manga to crack overseas market
Asia's messaging apps have a history of becoming huge in their home market before struggling to gain traction overseas. South Korea's Kakao Corp. is counting on the Japanese love of manga to break that trend.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 24, 2017
Hedge fund crusade stymied as Japan Inc. clings to cross-shareholdings
Hedge fund manager Seth Fischer has a powerful ally as he campaigns for Japanese companies to sell their stakes in each others' businesses: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 24, 2017
Nomura's India fund approaches ¥400 billion as Japan bets on Modi
The land of Abenomics is betting on "Modinomics."
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jul 20, 2017
Stock exchange chief Kiyota turns surprise critic of BOJ's 'distorting' ETF purchases
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's policies have a surprise new critic: the head of Japan's stock exchange.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 2, 2017
BOJ is more minnow than whale in Japan stocks, SocGen finds
The Bank of Japan has had a lot less impact on the Japanese stock market than some have assumed in recent years, and the effectiveness of its purchases in reflating the economy may be limited, according to analysis by Societe Generale.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 26, 2017
Why ex-Goldman trader shunned hedge funds for a Japan broker
As the biggest earthquake ever recorded in Japan rocked the Roppongi Hills skyscraper in central Tokyo, Makoto Yamada put on his helmet, dropped to his knees, and traded.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink
May 13, 2017
How the lost recipe of Hiroe Tanaka's dying father made her a millionaire
When Hiroe Tanaka's father died, he left behind something that would change her life: a recipe for fried meat on a stick. It was an act of love. His daughter adored the Japanese street food known as kushikatsu, and he'd spent endless hours working out how to make it just right.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Mar 28, 2017
Decoupling is hard to do for Japanese stocks still tied to the yen
Japan's stock market is again showing itself handcuffed to U.S. growth prospects and its own currency.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jan 24, 2017
Hedge fund Renaissance picks winner with hot firm V Technology
V Technology Co., a small Japanese supplier to display makers, added a surprising new shareholder last June: Renaissance Technologies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 19, 2016
Global money flees Japan stocks at fastest pace since 1987
International equity investors are giving up on Japan.

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