Summit Notebook

Short-term hopes, long-term gloom

June 22, 2011

By Tomasz Janowski

Optimism that Japan’s economy will bounce back from a post-quake slump and pessimism about its long-term prospects is the prevailing message of economists addressing the Reuters Rebuilding Japan Summit.

Looking forward to inflation

June 22, 2011

By Tim Kelly

Yoshiharu Hoshino, the president of Hoshino Resort, one of Japan’s leading resort operators, is looking forward to a dose of inflation after years of sliding prices.

Suntech eyes Japan growth

June 21, 2011

By Leonora Walet

Suntech Power may be the world’s biggest solar panel maker but it trails Sharp, Kyocera, Panasonic and Mitsubishi Electric in the fast-growing Japanese solar market.

When debt monetisation makes sense

June 20, 2011


If push comes to shove and Japan runs into difficulties finding buyers for its low-yielding government bonds, a little debt monetisation — a dirty word for central banks — would not be a bad thing.

Perils of disaster fixation

June 20, 2011

By Tim Kelly

Fixated on reviving the shattered northeastern seaboard, Japan risks neglecting growth in the rest of the economy, warns Takeshi Niinami, CEO of Lawson, Japan’s second-biggest convenience store operator.

Hard road on Japan’s nuclear policy

June 20, 2011

By Kevin Krolicki

Suddenly Taro Kono doesn’t look like quite the lonely maverick in Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party.

from Ask...:

Where oil prices will be in June 2012?

June 13, 2011

Wars and revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa and the Japanese earthquake and tsunami have sent oil and gas prices soaring with economists worrying over the impact of escalating energy costs on global growth. Last week, for the first time in a decade, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries failed to reach an agreement to boost the output as Saudi Arabia did not convince the others that world's economy will need more fuel.

from Ask...:

Will Greece be the first euro-zone country to restructure its debt?

June 6, 2011

The latest deal for Greece, including a new policy package and possible financing, does not contemplate the restructuring of its debt, but financial markets keep speculating on the possibility it may be the first of the euro-zone countries to reschedule its public debt. Who do you think may follow?

from MediaFile:

Tech Summit Q&A, day 3: “Unsexy” tech companies

May 18, 2011

The third day of the 2011 Reuters Global Technology Summit saw a lot of discussion about the valuation and  potential of "sexy" social networks and lesser known startups.