Atsushi Kodera

For Atsushi Kodera's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jan 28, 2015

Prisoner swap without pilot thought difficult, Jordanians say

As an apparent Wednesday evening deadline approached, in which extremists again threatened Kenji Goto with death, the freelance journalist’s friends, relatives and many others nationwide listened for word of whether Amman would free Sajida al-Rishawi, the Iraqi woman the extremists named as the price ...

Residences left empty posing problems across the nation

| Jan 12, 2015

Residences left empty posing problems across the nation

The population keeps aging and shrinking, but new housing keeps getting built even though Japan has a glut of unused dwellings. There are various reasons for this anomaly, including decades-old tax incentives that compel landowners who live elsewhere to keep dwellings, even if they ...

Only modest growth expected for Japan's economy in fiscal 2015

Jan 5, 2015

Only modest growth expected for Japan's economy in fiscal 2015

The still-faltering economy, hit hard by April’s consumption tax hike as well as bad weather last summer, is forecast to grow only modestly in fiscal 2015 despite the Abe administration’s latest economic stimulus package. “I would expect positive growth (for the fiscal year starting ...

BOJ leaves assessment, monetary policy unchanged despite recession

Nov 19, 2014

BOJ leaves assessment, monetary policy unchanged despite recession

The Bank of Japan on Wednesday left its assessment of the economy largely unchanged despite the second-quarter gross domestic product data released Monday indicating Japan has slipped into a recession. The central bank’s statement on monetary policy said the economy “has continued to recover ...

GPIF investment shift could bring either bonanza or bust

| Nov 3, 2014

GPIF investment shift could bring either bonanza or bust

Friday’s announcement of changes to the massive ¥127 trillion public pension fund’s investment policy was headline news. The reforms mean more money will be used to buy stocks, which will likely lift the market — at least in the short term. The shift to ...