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For Brian Fowler's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Business May 7, 2015

Keidanren pressures big companies to share weak-yen benefits

The nation's biggest business lobby is urging large companies to pass on the benefits of a weaker yen to their suppliers as the Abe administration seeks to relieve pressure on small firms. "We are calling for their cooperation and spreading the word across the country," ...

Casino legislation? Abe says you bet

Business Jun 25, 2014

Casino legislation? Abe says you bet

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his ruling party will seek to pass a law in the next Diet session to legalize casinos as part of a plan to boost tourism before the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. "Integrated resorts are expected to provide a great contribution ...

Business Feb 1, 2011

Risk of Algerian default puts builders in CDS bind

Two of the nation's biggest construction companies are learning the risks of expanding in developing markets to offset dwindling domestic demand, credit default swap prices show. The cost of insuring the debt of Taisei Corp., the nation's third-largest general contractor, and No. 4 Kajima Corp. ...