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Japan’s ‘wall of money’ is too big a temptation to resist

Private equity funds see the country’s financial institutions and wealthy individuals as an untapped opportunity for capital

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When the customer is not always right

Demographics are squeezing Japan’s ability to deliver the same high levels of service as before

16.05.2024 50

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Too scared to quit? An agency will do that for you

A wave of activism is coming from a quarter Japanese companies did not expect

09.05.2024 20

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Japan is haunted by a return to emerging-economy status

The battering sustained by the yen since January is causing alarm in some quarters

02.05.2024 60

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Who owns Japan’s hoard of corporate art?

Shareholder pressure is building on companies over disclosure of the treasures they hold

11.04.2024 30

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Are we at peak K-pop?

The market thinks there’s a catch, but Goldman sees growth potential not far away, in Japan

04.04.2024 20

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Why good news for Japan may be bad news for hedge funds

After three decades of corporate stagnation, there’s fresh momentum — but not everyone is pleased

28.03.2024 30

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Oodles of noodles: how a global favourite became an economic red flag

Cheap and calorie-filled, the rapid foodstuff tells us about the state of the world

14.03.2024 10

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Corporate Japan must quit the side hustle

Non-core businesses are no longer just a shareholder annoyance, but an active impediment to dealmaking

07.03.2024 6

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Primacy in pickleball could push Asics over the ‘funish’ line

The Japanese shoe company’s turnaround looks destined to become a business school case study

29.02.2024 10

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Why Japan may have outgrown ‘go for it’

The word ‘Gambatte!’ is much-loved in the country’s lexicon, but could it be about to outlive its purpose?

22.02.2024 30

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Hong Kong’s Messi backlash says more about digital fandom than football

The meltdown was a revealing moment for the game as global entertainment — and its vulnerability to social media

08.02.2024 8

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Pokémon with guns and the democratisation of gaming

As the use of generative AI spreads, it will be harder for the bigger studios to protect their market share

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How Japan is helping America’s youth leave home

The fragmented US housebuilding industry — and demographic arbitrage — tempts acquisitive Japanese companies

25.01.2024 8

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Will China let Japan forget its 1980s bubble?

The Nikkei has been within reach of its all-time high but factors outside the country could prove critical

18.01.2024 7

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Japan’s natural disaster preparedness has a corporate price

Companies serve as visible units of permanence in an unstable world but that can make for unwieldy strategy

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The US backlash against Nippon Steel is wholly misguided

American objections to a deal to buy US Steel turn on an outdated view of how close Japanese companies are to the state

21.12.2023 50

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Shohei Ohtani, baseball’s $700mn salaryman

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ deal does not just make the athlete an economic force but shows him to be a betting man

13.12.2023 4

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Death, the taxi and the Tokyo pigeon killer

To many, the legal pursuit of an avicidal driver will look like a sign of gross fiscal indiscipline

07.12.2023 30

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How Godzilla became Japan’s most put-upon worker

The latest in the monster series can be seen as an allegory that lets the country move on from past traumas

30.11.2023 10

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Japan’s clash of titans could be the boldest trade of the year

The confrontation between Kitao and Murakami shows how much the country has changed

23.11.2023 10

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What is the point of an expo in today’s world?

The chaotic build-up to Japan’s event suggests it is a relic of a past global order

16.11.2023 20

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Can Japan ever pass the ‘Buffett horizon’?

The country should pause to consider what would happen if the talismanic investor decided to walk away

09.11.2023 20

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Should investors be spooked by Tokyo’s Halloween?

Muted celebrations in Shibuya have resurrected past economic demons

02.11.2023 8

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Japan prays for a solid-state battery miracle

Can the country’s automakers jump from laggard to leader on EVs?

26.10.2023 20

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Collection mania is coming for Japan’s majestic manhole covers

The iron art forms may have had a prosaic start but the national hobby of spotting them is set to turn acquisitive

14.10.2023 4

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Why Japan should sell Nintendo

A sale of one of its crown jewels could be transformative for the country

12.10.2023 4

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Why Japan’s demographics scream ‘buy’

Labour deficit means companies are freed from having to keep excess staff and can focus on what they are best at

05.10.2023 5

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Everyone loves a bit of corporate malfeasatainment

Could the downfall of a second-hand car dealer prove restorative for Japan’s psyche?

20.09.2023 7

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SoftBank’s Son faces fresh scrutiny over his visionary status

The Arm IPO has intensified questions over the founder’s future strategy as well as his record as a dealmaker

14.09.2023 10

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Investors ponder the ‘Japanification’ of China

Fund managers face rising pressure to make a call on the geopolitical factors affecting China’s investability

07.09.2023 10

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