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Chikako Mogi
For Chikako Mogi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Mar 30, 2018
Bank of Japan's bid to taper by stealth made tougher by supercharged yen
The Bank of Japan is finding out just how hard it is to be stealthy — when everyone is looking right at you.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 10, 2017
Political risk seeps into yen trade as Japan's Abe faces popular upstart in October election
It's been five years since politics captured much attention from the foreign-exchange world in Japan, but traders are now gaming out potential scenarios for the yen after the Oct. 22 general election.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Oct 10, 2017
Kobe Steel's admission over falsified data sends shock waves through manufacturers across Japan
Revelations renew concerns about the integrity of Japanese manufacturers, and follow scandals involving rupturing Takata air bags and unauthorized inspections at Nissan.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 31, 2017
Japan Post Bank poised to plow ¥100 billion into stocks
Japan Post Bank Co. plans to spend an initial ¥100 billion directly buying stocks — when it finds the right opportunities.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 29, 2017
Cash levels pile up as investors continue to wait-and-see
Investors' wait-and-see approach this year is leading to a growing problem. Cash.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Mar 6, 2017
BOJ faces call to release handbrake, let longer yields rise
The Bank of Japan is caught in a quandary: to let bond yields rise or not.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 6, 2017
Venture brings freshest fish to cities, more money for fishermen
Ryohei Nomoto wants to put fresher sashimi on your plate, and more money in the wallets of Japan's struggling fishermen.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 26, 2016
Deserted Yubari tries creating new population nucleus in test case for Japan
A former coal-mining town in Hokkaido is taking unprecedented measures to combat its biggest challenge: a devastating shrinking of its population. Its success could decide the future for hundreds of other local governments waging the same battle for survival.
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 19, 2016
Hedge fund analyst foresees ¥75 per dollar in 40-year climb
The yen is on a 40-year technically driven climb and that means the Bank of Japan needs to push ahead with radical stimulus next week to avoid this year's surge accelerating, according to Tokyo-based hedge fund GCI Asset Management.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 27, 2016
Chinese tourist spending under threat as yuan slides 10% against yen
Chinese tourists tumbling off buses into the Laox duty-free store in Tokyo's bustling Ginza district say the yuan's drop against the yen may make them think twice about splurging during their shopping tours.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 29, 2015
Yen guru Gyohten says Abe must stimulate economy, as BOJ has done its part
Toyoo Gyohten, a former currency policy chief at the Finance Ministry, says 2016 will be the year for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to take up the mantle of stimulus from the Bank of Japan, which has done all it can to revive the economy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 18, 2015
Former vice finance minister Sakakibara sees end to era of weaker yen
The era of a weaker yen is coming to an end and Japan's currency may strengthen toward 115 per dollar, according to Eisuke Sakakibara, a former vice finance minister.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Aug 31, 2015
Three strikes on inflation spur calls for overhaul of 'Abenomics'
The third time inflation has fallen to zero in this year persuaded some market watchers that "Abenomics" needs to be taken back for an overhaul.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Aug 27, 2015
Households take investment risks as stagnant inflation eats into savings
Tomoyo Morie, a housewife who lives in Tokyo with her husband and teenage son, is more afraid that inflation will wreck her savings than gyrating markets.
BUSINESS
Aug 10, 2015
Good times over for Japan teachers fund, now seeking to avoid losses
Japan's investment fund for teachers has switched its focus to avoiding losses, predicting the best days are over for both stocks and bonds.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / FOCUS
Jun 22, 2015
Kuroda's inflation optimism winning over consumers, bond investors
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's faith he can push inflation from zero to 2 percent in about a year is starting to win over consumers and bond investors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 3, 2015
Mr. Yen sees currency slide halting as Tokyo's patience wears thin
Eisuke Sakakibara, a former vice finance minister, says the Bank of Japan's acceptance of the yen's drop — and the Federal Reserve's tolerance for dollar's strength — won't last.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets / FOCUS
May 21, 2015
Yen's stealthy depreciation disguised by resilience versus dollar
Don't be fooled by the yen's recent resilience against the dollar — it's dropping against the rest of its major peers at the fastest pace in six months.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 11, 2015
Drop base money goal to regain market's trust, ex-BOJ economist says
The Bank of Japan risks losing the confidence of investors by sticking to a bond-buying plan that is failing to drive inflation to its goal, says a former chief economist at the central bank.
BUSINESS / Markets
May 8, 2015
Japan joining global bond rout as BOJ shifts on inflation target
The Bank of Japan's equivocation on its inflation target is adding to the shifting global monetary policy picture that has sparked a sovereign debt rout.

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