Japan’s electricity and new energy policy

Stockholm School of Economics at the Embassy of Sweden in Tokyo (Alfred Nobel Lecture Theatre) European Institute for Japanese Studies EIJS Announcement and summary on the website of Stockholm School of Economics. Register and receive an email with a link to a pdf file of the handouts for this lecture. This talk is based on […]

What will happen with Japan’s nuclear power stations?

Watch The Economist interview on Japan’s energy policy. Read our report on Japan’s energy sector, and our report on Renewable energy in Japan. Many times, often several times a day, I get asked about what will happen with Japan’s nuclear power stations – today alone twice. So here is the answer I usually give – […]

Corporate governance Japan: independent Directors not only execute control in emergency situations, continuous contributions are more important

Corporate governance Japan: Prime Minister Abe urges reform of corporate governance Reuters reports that Japan’s Prime Minister Abe urges company boards to reform corporate governance to include independent directors. I added the following comment. Corporate governance Japan: exercise of shareholder power and emergency situations The question of independent Board Directors is often framed in terms […]

Japan’s new energy policy

Interview for The Economist “Keeping the lights on – deregulation and Japan’s energy mix” The interview is based on our reports: Japan’s energy sector Renewable Energy in Japan Japan energy policy – interview outline: Japan energy policy Question: Is the new energy policy of Japan’s Government an appropriate response to the situation or a missed […]

Top Japanese game companies

25 listed top game companies listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange have total market cap of US$ 30 billion Japan game market report (398 pages, pdf-file): [buy] [subscribe] [information] Japan is the cradle of many global games Japan created much of today’s global game market with icon’s such as Nintendo. However, today the moment has been […]

LINE revenues: LINE announces YEN 14.6 billion first quarter revenues

LINE revenues: LINE announced quarterly revenues on their website, the revenue data are redrawn below, with approximate US$ amounts shown as well. Extrapolating assuming continued linear growth, we can estimate expected annual LINE revenues of YEN 70 billion (US$ 700 million) for the full year 2014. Yesterday I was interviewed by Wall Street Journal about […]

SoftBank overtakes Docomo and KDDI in revenues and income and market cap

SoftBank overtakes Docomo and KDDI in all major KPIs SoftBank presents annual results for the Financial Year which ended March 31, 2014 today, NTT-Docomo and KDDI presented their results a few days ago. Using projections published by SoftBank and using data found in the Japanese business press over the recent days, we have compared SoftBank, […]

Corporate governance Japan: external independent directors on Japanese Boards

Corporate governance Japan is now in the focus of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reforms Reform of corporate governance is an ongoing issue in Japan, and part of Prime-Minister’s Abenomics’ “third arrow” revival efforts. Here is a note, that I added to a recent article in The Economist, entitled “Corporate governance in Japan – A revolution […]

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