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Yuko Takeo
For Yuko Takeo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 27, 2022
Japan’s ¥10 trillion innovation fund ramps up alternative focus
Set to start by the end of March, the new fund will seek annual returns of 4.38% in order to pay out u00a5300 billion each year for high-level research across Japan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 13, 2022
Japan needs a major carbon tax hike, former vice minister says
Rintaro Tamaki, a former Finance Ministry official, says a 'price signal' would help the government change people's mindset on green issues.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 7, 2022
Japanese households cut spending even before omicron hit
Consumers showed less appetite for spending in November even as vaccination rates climbed and COVID-19 cases became rarer.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets / FOCUS
Dec 23, 2021
Kishida’s focus on wealth equality at odds with Japan's finance hub aspirations
Rather than cutting capital gains taxes, the prime minister floated the idea of raising them.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 10, 2021
Kishida’s latest move to rejig Japanese capitalism focuses on wages
Kishida has made boosting middle-class incomes a centerpiece of his agenda, but many businesses don't have breathing room to consider wage increases.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 8, 2021
Japan's GDP shrank more than initial estimates during summer COVID-19 crisis
The deeper-than-expected contraction of 3.6% suggests the economy may have been weaker than first thought before the summer's state of emergency was lifted at the start of October.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 3, 2021
Caution needed on ESG bonds, top Japanese finance official says
Like many countries, Japan has pledged to go net carbon neutral by 2050, but its borrowing practices differ from those in France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 12, 2021
Japan’s economy likely shrank ahead of Kishida’s stimulus plan
Economists estimate gross domestic product contracted an annualized 0.7% in the three months to September.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 29, 2021
Plunging output adds to Japan recovery headwinds as election looms
Sharper production has been falling amid global supply shortages weakening a key pillar of Japan's recovery and will likely weigh on third quarter growth.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 20, 2021
Japan’s exports weakened by supply snags hurting global trade
The figures from the world's third-largest economy add to evidence that COVID-19-triggered supply chain bottlenecks are taking a toll on global trade.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Sep 6, 2021
Paralympic Games put spotlight on Japan’s tech for disabled
When the Tokyo Paralympic Games came to a close on Sunday, many athletes had managed to get to the finish line, some with medals, thanks to technology from Japan's largest firms.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 7, 2021
Olympics a hit for Japan’s athletes, not for its prime minister
For Prime Minister Suga, the Olympics are more of a letdown and unlikely to improve his chances in a looming general election or provide much of a boost to the economy.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Aug 2, 2021
Olympic bubble holds up even as Tokyo's COVID-19 cases hit record
Among athletes and stakeholders of the Olympics, the virus positivity rate has been only 0.02% with over 400,000 tests conducted so far, organizers said on Sunday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 21, 2021
Fan-free Olympics leaves hotels facing 1 million cancellations
Adding to the industry's woes, COVID-19 contributed to a 57% jump in hotel bankruptcies in 2020 to the highest level since 2011.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 15, 2021
Suga adviser says Japan needs extra budget as big as ¥30 trillion
Economist Heizo Takenaka has joined ruling party members calling for more spending as Japan muddles through a fourth virus emergency and voters prepare to head to the polls by fall.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jul 7, 2021
Japan to tie green and digital investments to government cost cuts
Under a new plan, ministries get u00a53 to spend on projects in targeted areas including the environment and digitalization for every yen they're able to cut from other spending.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 30, 2021
Japan's factory output fell 5.9% in May amid pandemic and chip scarcity
The drop in industrial production was several percentage points worse than even the most pessimistic forecast, as car production remained stunted by semiconductor shortages.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 25, 2021
Tokyo prices' 10-month slide halts in June despite virus restrictions
Prices in the capital excluding fresh food were unchanged from a year earlier, the internal affairs ministry reported Friday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 18, 2021
Japan's economy inches into inflation for first time since March 2020
Consumer prices excluding fresh food ticked up 0.1% compared with a year earlier, lifted by a 20% jump in gas prices, officials reported. Economists had predicted flat prices overall.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 11, 2021
Japan’s Finance Ministry ignores climate risk, ex-official says
Rintaro Tamaki, a former top bureaucrat at the ministry, says it should raise Japan's already high gasoline tax and hike tariffs on imported fossil fuels.

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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