Lost in Transaction

Ask yourself, How many times a year do we audit our client contact points & ex-clients?

Dollar bears on the retreat

Year end markets often see a bout of profit taking following a one way market and this year should see the same. However, the uncertainty in the UAE could see the Yen strengthen one more time before following the European currencies...


Open government

Amidst all the changes introduced by the Hatoyama government since it took office in September...

Pineapple, Pepperoni with extra S.a.a.S

You’ve all eaten there, the real first choice of any date in roppongi before a movie, Pizzakaya, the place for real Pizza.

Tamogami, Palin, and populist conservatisms

It has been just over a year since General Toshio Tamogami was drummed out of the service...

Taking the Long View on Asia

I have long sat beside the table of Mckinsey & Co., the best management consulting company in Asia, hoping to catch some crumbs of wisdom...

JGB masochists versus sadist hedgies

No doubt David Einhorn (Greenlight Capital) is an astute investor....

M&A will be key for Japanese equities in 2010

Reuters (article in Japanese) reports that Goldman Sachs issued a report earlier this week that argues M&A will be the major theme for Japanese equities in 2010....

Year end looms

With the one way downward trend in the Dollar over the majority of the year the risk is for the market to cash in on its profits.


Time for the US to accept new realities

According to Helene Cooper of the New York Times, "President Obama will arrive in Tokyo on Friday, at a time when America’s relations with Japan are at their most contentious since the trade wars of the 1990s."...


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