Author: Richard Smart

Richard Smart is a Tokyo-based freelance journalist who writes on business, society, and the economy.

Articles by Richard Smart

  • Fare Game
    Published on August 08, 2016 in Infrastructure
    When the Uber went online last year in Fukuoka, the biggest city in Japan’s south, it was shut down within a matter of weeks by the government on the grounds that the vehicles used did not belong to Uber, which violated the nation’s Road Transportation Act. The company’s second attempt to break into the nation of 127 million has involved a different strategy: cooperating with taxi companies.
  • Evolving Tokyo
    Published on May 23, 2016 in Development
    The city’s center, inside the circular Yamanote Line, has seen massive redevelopment in recent years. Now, developers are looking further afield.
  • Tokyo Olympics: A City Examines Itself in Preparation for the 2020 Games
    Published on May 05, 2014 in Infrastructure
    In the Japanese capital, planning for the experience is as important as planning the infrastructure.
  • “Abenomics” Opens Up Prospects for Japanese Investment
    Published on July 29, 2013 in Capital Markets
    The combination of Japanese monetary policies, government spending policy, and structural reforms being carried out under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent the Japanese stock market up by about 60 percent and weakened the national currency to around ¥100 against the dollar, about a 20 percent decline. However, hurdles remain on the path to success.