Takashi Amano

For Takashi Amano's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Outspoken adviser to Abe urges regime change at BOJ

Nov 9, 2017

Outspoken adviser to Abe urges regime change at BOJ

Amid strong expectations that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may reappoint Haruhiko Kuroda to another term as governor of the Bank of Japan, at least one key voice is calling for fresh blood at the top of the BOJ to lift the nation's flagging inflation ...

Sony time travel game bumps off 'Pokemon Go' in Japan

/ Dec 5, 2016

Sony time travel game bumps off 'Pokemon Go' in Japan

Nintendo Co. might have scored a hit with the explosive debut of "Pokemon Go" this year. On its home turf, however, Sony Corp. has quietly dispatched its rival with a popular mobile game called "Fate/Grand Order." The game, based on an anime TV series called ...

Mum Pepper's mood swings keep Son's robot dreams on hold

/ Oct 28, 2016

Mum Pepper's mood swings keep Son's robot dreams on hold

Japan's obsession with robots isn't just a cliche. Companies have been trying to drum up enthusiasm for them for years, with little success. Pepper, a humanoid machine carrying the hopes of SoftBank Group Corp.'s billionaire founder Masayoshi Son, was supposed to change that. Promoted as ...

Japanese billionaire who can do no wrong sets sights on VR

/ Oct 26, 2016

Japanese billionaire who can do no wrong sets sights on VR

Naruatsu Baba, the 39-year old billionaire and founder of mobile game developer Colopl Inc. breaks the mold of your typical Japanese executive: he's completely immodest about his success. "Professionally, I've never really made any mistakes," Baba said in an interview, sitting next to a life-size ...

Olympus seeks deals and redemption after 2011 scandal

/ Jul 21, 2016

Olympus seeks deals and redemption after 2011 scandal

Five years ago, Olympus Corp. was caught up in the oddest of corporate scandals. Its then-CEO, Michael Woodford, uncovered an accounting scandal at the company that went undetected for years, besmirching the name of a once-proud Japanese maker of digital cameras and medical equipment. The ...