January 23, 2020

Japanese companies reluctant to share potential risks according to survey

Photo: English Japanese Dictionary




"Only 13% of Japan's listed companies mention climate change in their filings, for instance, compared with 44% of top American companies.....Information leaks and cyberattacks were cited by 56% of Nikkei components, as opposed to 79% of top U.S. companies, though Japanese companies have become more willing to acknowledge risks on this front. Potential impact on brand image was mentioned by about 20% of the Japanese companies, versus 65% of the American top 100."


Source: Survey shows Japan Inc. less proactive in disclosing risks
TOKIO MURAKAMI, 
Nikkei staff writer
JANUARY 23, 2020 

January 19, 2020

Food waste in Japan estimated to be around 6.43 million tons per year



Picture: Cold summer noodles




"The quantity of food utilized by food banks is around 4,000 tons a year. But, According to Environment Ministry data, a total of 6.43 million tons of food -- or 51 kilograms per citizen -- went to waste in Japan in fiscal 2016, roughly the same level of annual rice consumption in the country."

Source: Gov't to strengthen functioning of food banks in Japan
19/01/2020
Japan Today

December 26, 2019

Quote: ''Japan once offered a cautionary tale of how macroeconomic mismanagement could transform a juggernaut into a laggard'' The Economist



''Japan once offered a cautionary tale of how macroeconomic mismanagement could transform a juggernaut into a laggard. As weak growth and low-interest rates have spread to the rest of the world, however, it looks more like a window into the future. '' The Economist



Source: Japan’s economic troubles offer a glimpse of a sobering future, Dec 7, 2019.