Ben Dooley Correspondent
  • Tokyo
  • The New York Times

Ben Dooley reports on Japan’s business and economy for The New York Times, with a special interest in social issues and the intersections between business and politics.

134 Articles
23 days ago
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Japan’s Economy Shrinks, Weighed Down by a Weak Yen and Rising Inflation

The economy contracted 1.2 percent as consumers and businesses were hit with rising import prices.

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about 1 month ago
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Japan to Subsidize Electric Bills As Inflation Takes Hold

Japan is the latest country to turn to enormous fiscal relief as it seeks to reduce the impact of geopolitical instab...

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about 2 months ago
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Why Japan Stands Virtually Alone in Keeping Interest Rates Ultralow

The yen is plummeting and inflation is climbing, but Japan’s economic circumstances have led to a view that raising r...

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2 months ago
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Kyoto Wants You Back, but It Has Some Polite Suggestions

The city, one of Japan’s most-visited before the pandemic, desperately needs tourism’s money, but it would like to av...

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2 months ago
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Why Japan Is Angry About a State Funeral for Shinzo Abe

The fallout from Shinzo Abe’s death has taken a number of unexpected turns, casting a critical light on both his long...

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3 months ago
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Japan to Fully Reopen in October, as Asian Holdouts Dwindle

Japan will allow visitors to travel freely for the first time in nearly two and a half years. Taiwan announced an end...

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3 months ago
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Japan Intervenes to Prop Up the Sliding Yen

The currency’s decline to a point not seen in 24 years prompted the rare action as officials keep interest rates low.

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3 months ago
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How Do Japanese Show They Care? By Sending a Telegram.

Millions of the messages still crisscross Japan each year, offering congratulations or condolences in a way that more...

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3 months ago
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Why Is This Colorful Little Wheel Suddenly Everywhere in Japan?

It’s the logo of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. And Japan is all in.

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4 months ago
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Japan Bounces Back to Economic Growth as Coronavirus Fears Recede

A public weary of virus precautions pushed up consumption of goods and services, but the longer-term picture is uncer...

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4 months ago
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U.S. Insists It Will Operate Around Taiwan, Despite China’s Pressure

The confrontation threatens to overwhelm President Biden’s efforts to find a series of issues in which the United Sta...

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4 months ago
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Issey Miyake, Japanese Fashion Designer, Dies at 84

He was known for his innovative origami-like designs, creating skirts, dresses and trousers with prisms of unfolding ...

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