Google Inc. is going after consumers’ eyes with its Glass Internet spectacles, and Samsung Electronics Co. went for the wrist with its Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Iriver Inc. is seeking to connect another body part: the ear.
Akira Amari, Japan’s minister for economic and fiscal policy, has so much on his plate that all of his titles don’t fit on his business card. He’s also the minister in charge of economic revitalization and reforming social security and taxes and the head negotiator for the Trans- Pacific Partnership trade pact, Bloomberg Markets magazine will report in its October special issue on the 50 Most Influential people in global finance.
Sayuri Shirai , nominated to the Bank of Japan’s board this week, warned as a scholar that governments shouldn’t be fooled into confidence in their debt levels by a lack of stress in the bond market, which can react too slowly to emerging crises.
Youth is beating experience in Japan’s stock market, where only 4 percent of companies have boards where the average age is less than 50, generating returns twice those of corporations with older directors.
At 8 a.m. on Jan. 10, Takumi Shibata, chief operating officer of Nomura Holdings Inc., walked into the firm’s London boardroom overlooking the River Thames to try to salvage the 2008 acquisition of the European and Asian units of bankrupt Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.