Powerful earthquake jolts Japan, trig...


Business Insider – Nov 22, 2016 – A powerful earthquake rocked northern Japan early on Tuesday, briefly disrupting cooling functions at a nuclear plant and generating a small tsunami that hit the same Fukushima region devastated by a 2011 quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The magnitude 7.4 earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, sent thousands of residents fleeing for […]

Japan ex-minister warns resolving isl...

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a meeting on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Lima, Peru, November 19, 2016. Sputnik/Kremlin/Mikhail Klimentyev via REUTERS

Reuters – Nov 21, 2016 – A potential ruling party rival to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Monday against excessive optimism over a breakthrough in a decades-old territorial row with Moscow when Abe meets Russian President Vladimir Putin in Japan next month. A territorial feud over a chain of western Pacific islands, seized […]

Analysts point to Japan’s untapped po...


Japan Times – Nov 17, 2016 – Japan’s population is declining, deflation has returned, and the nation’s economy is still stuck in cycle of weak, stop-start growth. And yet, there are a number of hidden and underutilized resources that Japan could tap to try to escape this economic malaise. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and […]

Where Will Japanese Companies Go in a...


STRATEGY+BUSINESS – Nov 16, 2016 – In the aftermath of the United Kingdom’s June 23 vote to leave the European Union (the British exit, or “Brexit”), one critical uncertainty has been overlooked. How will companies around the world change their approach to Europe’s consumer and industrial market? This is a more important question than many […]

Industry voice: How to benefit from J...


Investment Week – Nov 15, 2016 – When Japan’s demographic profile is used as an argument against investing in the country, it is natural to think of the nation’s ageing population. However the demographic shift that the nation is undertaking is not just about ageing. Ultimately it is about the shortage of younger people the […]

Japan GDP growth smashes expectations...


Nov 14, 2016 – City A.M. – Japan’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annualised rate of 2.2 per cent in the third quarter of 2016, outperforming analyst expectations of around 0.8 per cent and helping to drive the country’s stock market, the Nikkei, to a nine-month high. The GDP growth rate grew by […]

Japan’s plan for growth through TPP d...


The Asahi Shimbun – Nov 10, 2016 – Donald Trump’s opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pillar of the Abe administration’s economic growth strategy, means the free trade agreement is now on the verge of collapse following the billionaire developer’s shock election victory on Nov. 9. Japan will now have to review its trade strategies, […]

Action camera competition heating up ...


The Yomiuri Shimbun – Nov 9, 2016 – Japanese camera makers are growing more enthusiastic about the development and sales of action cameras, which are small, light and can be attached to the body or bicycles. These kinds of cameras can take photos and shoot videos in many conditions. Makers are turning their attention to these […]

Cautious hopes of Hillary Clinton win...


City A.M. – Nov 8, 2016 – Most Asian stock markets rose today as Americans prepared to head to the polls and investors remained cautiously optimistic that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will secure the White House. Modest upswings in Asian shares pushed the MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific-based stock outside of Japan up 0.3 per cent. […]

Why Japanese Banks Lack Deal Mojo


The Wall Street Journal – Nov 7, 2016 – If you can’t build it, buy it. Unfortunately, that’s not an option for Japan’s mega banks. Struggling to make profits grow in their domestic lending businesses, Japan’s banks have languished. Add to their pain negative interest rates and meaty cost structures, and the future is visibly bleak. Yet, not much has […]