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For Maki Shiraki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Regulators' sweep threatens auto parts business model

Business Aug 25, 2014

Regulators' sweep threatens auto parts business model

When a Japanese carmaker issued a tender for shock absorbers a few years ago for a model it planned to sell in Indonesia, two suppliers came back with bids that were "so obviously coordinated," said an executive at the automaker. One supplier put in a ...

K-pop stars luring Japan to buy Korean products

Business Jul 27, 2011

K-pop stars luring Japan to buy Korean products

Yuko Ishii, a 53-year-old factory worker in central Japan, used to feel reluctant about buying products made in South Korea. That changed after she became a fan of pop stars such as boy band TVXQ. "I used to rule out Korean products, but now I ...