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.

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.

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.

Ag committee chair says new faces mean new dynamic on Capitol Hill

March 16, 2011

They are new, enthusiastic and changing the environment on Capitol Hill.

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas says “do not underestimate the effect” of the large number of freshmen lawmakers on his committee, which will sit down to overhaul U.S. farm subsidies next year. USA/

CFTC’s Gary Gensler just one of the “Little Monsters”

By Reuters Staff
March 2, 2011

Christopher Doering found there is more to the CFTC chairman than markets.

MUSIC-GRAMMYS/When he’s not scaring Wall Street and big banks to make sure they follow the rules, there’s a chance the head of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission is moonlighting as a “Little Monster.”

Bank regulator Walsh has pragmatic philosophy on financial crisis repeat

March 1, 2011

John Walsh has spent many years in Washington — having worked at the Senate Banking Committee, the Treasury Department, and now asĀ  acting Comptroller of the Currency — and has a bit of perspective on government reaction to crises over the years.

Senator Reed sees need for speed to chase bad guys

By Reuters Staff
March 1, 2011

Ann Saphir takes a look at Senator Jack Reed’s comments on cars and trading.

So how plugged in is the SEC chair? (technologically speaking)

March 1, 2011

Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro says her agency has its work cut out to compete with the massive amounts of money that private firms, policed by the SEC, pour into the latest technology.

U.S. Treasury’s Wolin on tying debt limit to fiscal discipline debate: Don’t

February 28, 2011

Deputy Treasury Secretary Neal Wolin is urging lawmakers not to tie the U.S. debt limit to the debate on fiscal discipline.