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As Abe pushes for structural reform, old Japan Inc. culture fights back

Nov 27, 2017

As Abe pushes for structural reform, old Japan Inc. culture fights back

While Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's vaunted third arrow — structural reforms — has generally been rated as unsuccessful, his administration has received high praise from Japan analysts for shaking up the country's corporate management system. The nation's companies have gradually moved toward accepting the need ...

Volatility returns to Tokyo markets

/ Nov 20, 2017

Volatility returns to Tokyo markets

Bryan Goh says there's no clear reason why Japanese stocks suddenly started falling after a turbocharged rally sent them to their highest in a quarter century. What the chief investment officer of Bordier & Cie in Singapore will say is that volatility was so low ...

Prime time in worker-scarce Japan for investing in service robots

/ | Aug 22, 2017

Prime time in worker-scarce Japan for investing in service robots

Faced with their worst labor shortage in decades, Japanese service companies are finally turning to labor-saving technology, an investment that could lift the sector's woeful level of productivity and allow them to raise wages. While the nation's manufacturers are renowned for deploying advanced robotics, most ...

Automated factories can't solve Japan's productivity paradox

Apr 26, 2017

Automated factories can't solve Japan's productivity paradox

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has cut the number of workers on its turbocharger production lines west of Tokyo by more than 80 percent, as manufacturers from carmakers to electronics producers push further into automation. Such advances explain why Japan's factory productivity growth ranked highest among Group ...