Yearly Archives: 2021


June 11


Highlights this week: REPORTS: Shinko Electric (6967 JT) Toyota Motor (7203 JT) INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Japan goes national with its semiconductor project Japan MedTech stocks rally on expectations for clearer regulation KKR to raise investments in Japanese cloud software start-ups: report Vaccination program plays moving COMPANY INSIGHTS: Growing ARM-Based CPU adoption seen as positive for Shinko, Ibiden Tokyo Electron’s ASML research deal set to secure NA EUV era market Is the market too pessimistic about TDK? Plus additional COMPANY INSIGHTS

June 112021-06-11T15:56:41+00:00

June 04


Highlights this week: REPORTS: Cyber Security Cloud (4493 JT) INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Video game console sales The race in Japan between FCVs and EVs Basic chemical markets are strong, for now MACRO: Japan retail sales weaken in April Corporate software spend +12% YoY in 1Q 2021 COMPANY INSIGHTS: Sony – Key new in-house games set to be cross-generational SoftBank Corp gets 5G “hurry up” order Is Katerra’s bankruptcy an issue for SoftBank Group shareholders? Nikkei reports Murata, Taiyo Yuden seeing strong orders Plus additional COMPANY INSIGHTS

June 042021-06-11T15:43:18+00:00

May 28


Highlights this week: REPORTS: NEC (6701 JT) Fintech in Japan Toyota Industries (6201 JT) INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Outlook for IoT / smart sensor / LoRaWAN markets Shipping rates vs shipper’s forecasts MACRO: Supermarket sales strong in April Company INSIGHTS: Sony’s IR day(s) feedback / Eyeing 23mil PS5 console unit sales in FY22 / Film business in question again following Amazon / MGM merger / Sony’s camera tech to be used in KHI’s industrial robots Nintendo, the chip shortage and Switch sales IIJ & the power of compound interest Plus additional COMPANY INSIGHTS

May 282021-06-05T16:00:34+00:00

May 21


Highlights this week: REPORTS: NRI (4307 JT) INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Is Japan’s casino push dead in the water? China fortifies its position as core market among Japanese automakers Battle over electric pickup truck market set to begin MACRO: April machine tool orders +2.2x YoY; -3% MoM Weak CY21 Q1 GDP COMPANY INSIGHTS: Sony vs Discovery Murata vs Taiyo Yuden Murata in energy saving / energy harvesting IoT move Apple pushes for 5G handset discounts Plus additional COMPANY INSIGHTS, PREVIEWS, NEWS & RESULTS

May 212021-05-28T14:26:04+00:00

May 14


Highlights this week: REPORTS: Asahi Kasei (3407 JT) Nissan Motor (7201 JT) COMPANY RESULTS: Gaming: Capcom / SQE / Bandai Namco Technology: NEC / Rohm / Tokyo Seimitsu Autos / Auto Parts: Toyota Motor / Subaru / Suzuki / Mazda / Isuzu / Toyota Industries / Diamond Elec COMPANY NEWS / INSIGHTS Hitachi-supplied trains to the UK show hairline fractures HCM meeting highlights three positives How the technology of its RE Engine has transformed Capcom’s fortunes

May 142021-05-21T14:11:40+00:00

May 07


Highlights this week: REPORTS: Nabtesco (6268 JT) Fanuc (6954 JT) INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: New and used car prices soar in the US Strong April US Autos Sales MACRO: Money supply Retail spending trends COMPANY NEWS & INSIGHTS: Sony branching out on exclusives Toyota buys Lyft’s AD technology New information on Nabtesco NTT Docomo invests in Medley Cybozu March total sales higher, Cloud sales slow a little Plus additional COMPANY PREVIEWS, RESULTS & INSIGHTS

May 072021-05-14T15:18:17+00:00

Apr 23


Highlights this week: REPORTS: Nabtesco (6268 JT) Chugai Pharm (4519 JT) INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: March US console game spending highest ever for month MARKET / MACRO: SoE / Olympus / ETFs Newly listed on Mothers, Visional Inc +40% from IPO price Department store data worse than it appears COMPANY INSIGHTS: Hope Inc unveils extent of power price surge losses (and yes, they’re bad) Toyota’s electrification balancing act: reveals new EV & EV sub-brand Sumco stresses the need for new capacity Plus additional COMPANY INSIGHTS, NEWS & PREVIEWS

Apr 232021-05-07T14:03:18+00:00

Apr 16


Highlights this week: REPORTS: Toyota's (7203 JT) Hydrogen Bet – Excellent Outlook for Fuel Cell Technologies Yaskawa’s (6506 JT) FY20 Results and Outlook INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: • Are we overdue consolidation in the Japanese video game industry? Japan March machine tool or-ders +21% MoM / +65% YoY • NAND prices rallying • Supply chain tensions with China could intensify MACRO: Punchy China data Commodities higher Plus COMPANY INSIGHTS & RESULTS/PREVIEWS

Apr 162021-04-23T16:12:45+00:00

Apr 09


Highlights this week: REPORTS: Sony (6758 JT) Fanuc (6954 JT) Toshiba (6502 JT) INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Camera industry’s horror show Strong outperformance of Japanese automakers in the US in CY21 Q1 MACRO: Weak household spending, wage data for February China PPI COMPANY INSIGHTS: Is Sony the big winner from Covid Mark II? Sony in 5-yr Netflix exclusivity deal / Sony Music continues to acquire IP Plus additional COMPANY RESULTS & INSIGHTS

Apr 092021-04-16T15:40:43+00:00

Apr 01


Highlights this week: REPORTS: Japan Market Strategy Toyota Industries (6201 JT) MACRO: Retail sales; jobs data Tankan looking optimistic INDUSTRY INSIGHTS: Greenhouse gases are a hot topic Implications of an emissions trading scheme Expectations for President Biden’s Infrastructure plan COMPANY INSIGHTS: NEC “Face Express” to be trialled in April, launched in July Hitachi to acquire GlobalLogic for ¥1tril Plus additional INDUSTRY & COMPANY INSIGHTS

Apr 012021-04-09T15:47:13+00:00