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Yuko Takeo
For Yuko Takeo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 8, 2021
Despite danger and cost, Japan gambles on successful Olympics
The Tokyo Olympic Games are reaching the point of no return.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 20, 2021
Japan should consider scrapping Olympics, former finance chief says
Ex-Finance Minister Jun Azumi highlighted that recent polls showed 70% of the public are against holding the Tokyo Games.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 19, 2021
Japan exports grow by double digits for first time since 2018
The value of overseas shipments jumped 16.1% from a year ago, for the biggest increase since November 2017.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 12, 2021
Japan’s slow vaccine rollout pushes back recovery time frame
The slow rollout means struggling businesses and fearful shoppers will have to hold out for longer as the economy's recovery is delayed by as much as two years compared with global peers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Mar 29, 2021
Japan’s ¥106 trillion record budget could just be the start in election year
Some ruling party lawmakers are calling for more stimulus along the lines of the massive aid package adopted this month in the United States.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 4, 2021
Tokyo emergency extension worth the extra financial hit, economists say
Experts say that suppressing activity for a little longer won't add too much extra damage to an economy that is already showing some signs of recovery even under existing restrictions.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 19, 2021
Japan’s consumer price declines ease after Go To Travel put on hold
Ahead of a policy review, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said this week his 2% goal won't be reached before 2024, amid concern price and pay cuts could dent sentiment.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 8, 2021
Suga’s bet on softer emergency risks worse economic pain for Japan
Economists warn that the full impact will depend on whether the newly-imposed lighter measures are enough to rein in the spread of COVID-19.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 28, 2020
Japan's appeal as hub hindered by taxes, language and lackluster growth
China's crackdown on Hong Kong has raised hopes Tokyo may be able to compete as a financial hub, but the numbers still don't work in Japan's favor.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 25, 2020
Japan retail sales drop as Tokyo prices fall most since 2010
Slumping energy costs and record virus cases that kept shoppers home darkened the recovery outlook, delivering sales declines that doubled analysts' forecasts.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 10, 2020
Japan’s latest stimulus boost may fall short of official forecast
Many economists expect the dollar-for-dollar impacts of stimulus measures to typically decrease as time passes from a crisis or recession.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Dec 9, 2020
Suga raises bet on Japan's Go To Travel campaign with ¥73.6 trillion package
With Cabinet support falling amid the uptick in COVID-19 cases, he needs to balance the need to support growth against the risk of spreading the virus.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 30, 2020
Key Japanese lawmaker says third extra budget may not be last
A key ruling party lawmaker said an extra budget being drafted now may not be the end of Japan’s stimulus spending this fiscal year given the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Nov 28, 2020
Suga adviser says Japan needs another ¥40 trillion in stimulus
One of Suga's economic advisers says the government needs to spend u00a540 trillion in its third extra budget to stop a surge in unemployment and prevent the suffering that would come with it.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 19, 2020
¥10 trillion needed to set Japan on green path, says Suga adviser
'What's key for the Japanese economy now is whether we can strengthen our growth strategy and conduct reforms,' said Mitsumaru Kumagai, chief economist at Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 16, 2020
Japanese economy rebounds from record slump as pandemic pain eases
Gross domestic product grew an annualized 21.4% in the three months through September from the previous quarter, expanding at the fastest clip since 1968.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 13, 2020
Japan’s economy seen clawing back half of pandemic losses
Economists see gross domestic product jumping at an annualized pace of 18.9% in the three months through September, helped by improved trade with the United States and China.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 9, 2020
Hong Kong’s woes may help Japan woo financiers, top official says
The vice finance minister said tax cuts and other tweaks to regulations ultimately matter less than whether Japan can bring back business opportunities for firms.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 18, 2020
Inflation in Japan goes negative on Go To Travel discounts
A 32 percent drop in the cost of hotel accommodations accounted for most of the overall drop.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Aug 24, 2020
Japan’s creaking computer systems are hampering economic recovery, experts say
Economists say the shoddy state of Japan's digital services is dampening the benefits of fiscal stimulus and holding back technological progress in the private sector.

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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