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For Jason Clenfield's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The business of death has a bright future in Japan

Business Jun 29, 2018

The business of death has a bright future in Japan

Norihisa Tomiyasu opened his first mortuary in 1997 aiming to clean up a profession he says deserved its bad reputation for exploiting people's grief and overcharging them at some of the most fraught moments of their lives. "The industry was so backward," he says. "I ...

In financial straits, shrines turn to luxury property development

Business May 11, 2017

In financial straits, shrines turn to luxury property development

Shinto elders at the centuries-old Unesco World Heritage Site of Shimogamo Shrine upset neighbors when they bulldozed a swath of old Kyoto forest to build an apartment complex with units selling for more than $2 million apiece. "They should call it the Shimogamo Corporation," says ...

Ambition and ego: Inside Nagamori's Nidec

Business / Corporate Jul 17, 2015

Ambition and ego: Inside Nagamori's Nidec

Ambition matters more than brains in Shigenobu Nagamori's world. As chief executive officer of Japanese motor maker Nidec, Nagamori is known for his eccentric management style. Prospective employees have faced off against each other in eating and shouting competitions; new hires at headquarters in Kyoto ...