Japan Tag

Spotlight Hoya: Eyes on the Future

21 Jan, by Knowledge Leaders Team in Knowledge Leaders

Hoya is a global leader in the specialized glass used in eyeglass lenses, health care, and electronics products. The firm was founded in 1941 when brothers Shoichi and Shigeru Yamanaka set up a factory in the city of Hoya, Japan, with a plan to make...

Spotlight Kurita: Water as Breakthrough Technology

12 Jan, by Knowledge Leaders Team in Knowledge Leaders

Based in Tokyo, Japan, Kurita Water is a global leader in water management and water treatment chemicals. Since its founding in 1949, when the firm began making chemicals to manage sediment buildup in boilers, Kurita Water has been at work innovating to solve water and...

Spotlight Tokyo Electron: Shifting Left

01 Dec, by Knowledge Leaders Team in Knowledge Leaders

Since its founding in 1963, Tokyo Electron has been accumulating the technological expertise it builds on to deliver industry-leading production equipment in two product categories: semiconductors and flat panel displays. In a recent statement, the firm’s CEO observed that 2020 was a year marked not...

Spotlight Shimano: Spinning the Future

29 Nov, by Knowledge Leaders Team in Knowledge Leaders

Bicycle components leader Shimano was founded in 1921, when 26-year-old Shozaburo Shimano borrowed a single lathe and set up a small ironworks shop in Osaka, Japan. Deciding they were the most complex component to produce, Shimano began by making bicycle freewheels, those round spiked wheels...

Japan’s Reopening Trade

18 Oct, by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Economy, Markets

In this quarter's strategy package, we share our analysis on Japan's Reopening Trade. In the full slide presentation, we cover the following: -Japan seems to have crushed the COVID-19 virus (for now at least) with daily new cases under 400/day. Lockdowns are over and the economy...

Mid-Quarter Update: What Does Transitory Mean?

02 Sep, by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Economy, Markets, Portfolio Management

In this Mid-Quarter Update, we discuss our analysis on the following topics: -Recent readings on consumer confidence have rolled over. The surveys are validated by the stagnation in real consumer spending in the last few months. -In conjunction with the slowdown in house sales and durable goods...

Spotlight DeNA: Embracing the User’s Point of View

25 Mar, by Knowledge Leaders Team in Knowledge Leaders

Pronounced “D-N-A,” this Knowledge Leader was founded in 1999 by three Tokyo entrepreneurs seeking to establish an online auction site. Today the company operates a broad range of mobile and online services including online shopping, mobile auctions, social networks and game platforms. DeNA attributes the...

The Fundamental Case for Japanese Stocks

15 Nov, by Bryce Coward, CFA in Markets, Portfolio Management

We’ve been arguing for the last year that US-based investors would be well served to overweight foreign versus domestic equities. In this post we’ll dig into that topic a little deeper to try to convey a few of the company specific fundamental drivers of our...

More Evidence of China Slowing Permeating Asia – 7/31/2015

31 Jul, by Bryce Coward, CFA in Economy

In today's edition we highlight just a few data points: the South Korea Business Survey Index making a new low, Japan consumption expenditure having a very weak month, and Japan CPI headed back toward zero. The slowing of the biggest economy in Asia is really...

More Evidence of China Slowing Permeating Asia – 7/9/2015

09 Jul, by Bryce Coward, CFA in Economy, News

Yesterday and today were host to a few more macro data points all signaling basically the same thing - a synchronized slowdown in Asia which appears to be driven by China. In the five charts below we show that Chinese CPI remains anemic while PPI...