Connor Cislo

For Connor Cislo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Japan's push to curb drug costs seen risking trade row with U.S.

Sep 14, 2017

Japan's push to curb drug costs seen risking trade row with U.S.

Japan's effort to rein in soaring health-care costs threatens to become a source of tension in economic relations with the U.S. after running into opposition from the American pharmaceutical industry. While the U.S. Commerce Department sees Japan's drug market, the world's third-largest, as the top ...

Trump cookies outpace Abe buns in Diet souvenir shop

Apr 28, 2017

Trump cookies outpace Abe buns in Diet souvenir shop

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is being trumped by Trump — in the sweets department. Sales of Lucky Trump cookies, maple-flavored and featuring a cartoon image of U.S. President Donald Trump, initially outpaced those of bean-paste filled buns bearing Abe's image, according to vendors who sell ...

Cherry blossom fever boosts companies' bottom lines

Mar 24, 2017

Cherry blossom fever boosts companies' bottom lines

Every spring people across Japan are enraptured as the cherry trees explode into bloom, clothing the country in pink. The blossoms last for only a few short weeks, but in that time the fleeting flowers make for good business. The blossoms are a gift to ...

Corporate Japan stacks up cash, skimps on pay raises

/ Feb 22, 2017

Corporate Japan stacks up cash, skimps on pay raises

With profits soaring, Japanese companies' record-breaking cash pile rises ever higher. That's bad news for the economy, which is relying on exports to sustain a modest recovery as consumers struggle with stagnant wages. The country's biggest economic problem is too much income flowing to companies, ...

Rural Japan's folk traditions fading as residents age

Feb 9, 2017

Rural Japan's folk traditions fading as residents age

Traditions die hard in the small mountain town of Kanegasaki, whose history includes a series of battles nearly 1,000 years ago that drove an ancestor of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to leave the area for southern Japan. But as Japan ages and rural towns face ...