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Past articles by Cory:

Inbound investment to Japan continues on upward trend driven by Asian neighbors

The total value of foreign direct investment (FDI) into Japan increased to ¥28.6 trillion in 2017, bringing the country a step closer to meeting Prime Mini → Read More

Can greed be good? Carlos Ghosn, CEO compensation and a skeptical Japanese public

After Carlos Ghosn's shocking arrest Monday, many of his most ardent supporters were left to reconcile their positive image of the man said to have saved N → Read More

Despite ups and downs, designer and former teacher Kenji Suzuki is making pedal-powered Cogy wheelchairs a reality

While career success has taken him from elementary school teaching to the head of Tess Co., Kenji Suzuki's life has not always been easy or straightforward → Read More

Natural disasters add to growing economic headwinds as GDP contracts in third quarter

Natural disasters this summer combined with global trade frictions were behind the economy's sluggish third-quarter performance, making GDP fall at an annu → Read More

Some rising prices should be taken with a grain of salt

For the first time in almost three decades the Salt Industry Center of Japan has announced it will raise the price on many of its products by around 15 per → Read More

To what extent will Japan's 2014 downturn repeat with the new tax hike?

The wallets of Japanese residents may get a little lighter next year, as the prices of most goods and services are set to rise under a new consumption tax → Read More

Japan's busy year on trade deals seen shaking up the economy for years to come

The 11-member reincarnation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as the CPTPP, moved one step closer to implementation last week in a sign that — despit → Read More

Japan-U.S. Business Council meet reaffirms commitment to free bilateral and global trade

Business leaders from Japan and the U.S. gathered in Tokyo on Wednesday to reaffirm their commitment to free bilateral and global trade, in a rebuke of Tru → Read More

Bank of Japan downgrades economic growth and inflation forecast as its 2% goal remains out of reach

At the conclusion of a monetary policy meeting on Wednesday, the Bank of Japan downgraded inflation and economic growth forecasts through fiscal 2020, putt → Read More

As IPCC report warns of growing climate change risks, Japan seeks to adapt

A report released this month by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that unless global warming is limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius → Read More

Current U.S.-China frictions do not amount to a new 'cold war': ex-Australian PM Kevin Rudd

As tensions ratchet up between the U.S. and China over trade and security issues, many major news organizations around the globe have given a platform to c → Read More

At Tokyo summit, diplomats say Japan can tap domestic stability to take on global leadership role

Despite the fraught global environment — with U.S.-China animosity mounting alongside a bevy of regional security concerns — Japan appears to be viewing th → Read More

Japan must look beyond U.S. for stable economic and military future, says risk analyst Ian Bremmer

As the United States' commitment to global leadership and principles grows ever more uncertain under President Donald Trump, Japan finds itself with little → Read More

Twenty years in the making: The backstory behind the new Toyota-SoftBank joint venture

Appearing together at news conference on Thursday in Tokyo, Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda and SoftBank Group Corp. Chairman Masayoshi Son recoun → Read More

Company stumbles upon new software to build healthy work environment

Haruki Atarashi never thought his company's flagship software, Recog, which fosters communication between employees within companies, would ever evolve bey → Read More

Toyota and SoftBank to integrate mobility and AI in new venture

The two industry titans said they are setting up a new joint venture to develop autonomous driving technologies and other on-demand services. → Read More

Meet the new breed of Japanese entrepreneurs who are venturing into frontier markets

Even as Japan Inc.'s influence has diminished under a series of internal scandals and international competition, the prevailing image of Japanese business → Read More

Japan-U.S. trade talks may be less of a concession than they appear

At a glance, it may appear U.S. President Donald Trump has scored a significant victory after his latest talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in New York. → Read More

What does Japan's Nationality Act really mean for its dual citizens?

Given the present "don't ask, don't tell" attitude of the Justice Ministry, it would be highly unusual if Naomi Osaka was forced to relinquish her U.S. citizenship at the age of 22. → Read More

Worst fears avoided as U.S. slaps new tariffs on China, sparing Japanese businesses — for now

The additional 10 percent in tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports eased the market’s worst fear that Trump would follow through with more punitive measures. → Read More