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Tomoyuki Tachikawa
For Tomoyuki Tachikawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Feb 15, 2017
Toshiba's latest confusion could complicate path to revival
Another scandal, revealed by a whistleblower, has hit already-embattled Toshiba Corp., further eroding the market credibility of its corporate governance.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Feb 11, 2017
Abe and Trump avoid forex issues but BOJ still fears future attacks on monetary policy
Japan's foreign-exchange policy did not become a sticking point at Friday's U.S.-Japan summit, and an encouraged Bank of Japan might keep its aggressive monetary easing program in place as it tries to stoke 2 percent inflation.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / FOCUS
Jan 30, 2017
Fears grow at BOJ that Trump tweets could terminate drastic easing program
The Bank of Japan is becoming increasingly wary of tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of its first policy meeting since he took office, fearing his remarks could thwart its long-shot efforts to achieve 2 percent inflation and end decades of deflation.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 22, 2016
Japanese 'udon' chain cracks Russian market by catering to local tastes
Japan's biggest udon noodle restaurant chain, Marugame Seimen, has gained a foothold in Russia, overcoming the obstacles to foreign companies that have kept many of its rivals out of the market.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
Dec 18, 2016
BOJ seen in uphill battle to control long-term rates as U.S. yields climb
America's economic and monetary policies are likely to become a headache for the Bank of Japan now that it is trying keep the yield on the 10-year Japanese government bond at around zero percent.
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Nov 23, 2016
Trump victory unlikely to stifle Abe's free trade crusade
With U.S. President-elect Donald Trump pledging to kill the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's pro-growth Abenomics campaign is on the ropes.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Nov 6, 2016
Anxious Abe eager to strike while TPP iron is hot
While several Trans-Pacific Partnership countries have taken a cautious approach ahead of Tuesday's U.S. presidential election, which could alter the fate of the free trade pact, Japan has instead been stepping up its efforts toward ratifying the deal.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets / ANALYSIS
Oct 27, 2016
Japan's market eager for more hints on BOJ's next move
Financial market participants have been anxious to get more hints on what the Bank of Japan will do next to spur inflation, as the central bank is widely expected to stand pat at its two-day policy meeting through Tuesday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 16, 2016
Economists worry over BOJ's next step
Amid speculation the Bank of Japan will announce additional monetary easing next week, some observers are warning of possible side effects.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 3, 2016
Saudi Arabia eager to serve as window to Japanese culture
Saudi Arabia is eager to become a gateway to Japan and its culture in the Middle East as it seeks to deepen economic relations between the two nations, the minister of culture and information for the kingdom, Adel Zaid Altoraifi, said Friday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / FOCUS
May 25, 2015
Giants Sharp, Toshiba face dire prospects
Several electronics makers have regained profitability largely thanks to restructuring measures and the weakening of the yen, but Sharp Corp. and Toshiba Corp. are unlikely to catch up with their domestic rivals soon.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
Dec 28, 2014
2015: Make or break year for 'Abenomics'?
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to pursue a variety of policies that may hold the key to Japan's economic recovery in 2015.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 26, 2014
Steps for women, foreigners ring hollow
Doubts are growing over whether Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can advance policy proposals to promote foreigners and women, given the realities of this highly conservative nation.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 21, 2014
Will lower business tax aid economy?
The government's decision to cut the high corporate tax rate may trigger unwelcome side effects along with bolstering foreign investment in Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jun 7, 2014
'Bad inflation' shadows Japan
Two months after the sales tax hike, Japan risks triggering 'bad inflation,' a toxic combination of declining demand and rising prices.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 12, 2014
Experts urge BOJ to draft exit strategy
Despite lingering market pressure on the Bank of Japan to take further easing steps, its Group of 20 counterparts might not welcome the central bank's next move.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 13, 2014
Machinery orders up 13.4%
Core private-sector machinery orders surged by a seasonally adjusted 13.4 percent in January, the second-fastest pace on record, signaling that an economic rebound has prodded companies to boost investment, the government said Thursday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
Feb 7, 2014
Financial market volatility may hurt economy
Recent financial market volatility, triggered by a widespread selloff in emerging currencies, has started to raise concerns over the economy despite it having shown signs of overcoming nearly two decades of deflation.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
Jan 28, 2014
Huge deficit bodes ill for yen, bonds, rates
Japan's goods trade deficit hit a record high in 2013, sparking fears that the country could fall into a constant current account deficit in the near future.
BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
Sep 7, 2013
Crisis, slowdown in emerging economies could hurt 'Abenomics'
The Syrian crisis and sluggishness in emerging economies, major topics at the Group of 20 summit in Russia, are two issues Japan can't afford to regard with indifference.

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