Atsushi Kodera

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

Jul 30, 2014

Haiku with pacifist message sparks war of words in Saitama

An unpublished haiku has triggered an outpouring of words in its defense. Its subject — a group of women protesting against efforts to reinterpret war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution — proved too touchy for a community center in Saitama to publish in its ...

Yahoo launches online death-planning service

Jul 17, 2014

Yahoo launches online death-planning service

The Internet has made it easier to plan everything from travel and weddings to careers. Now it is helping people prepare for what they may be the most reluctant to face: death. Yahoo Japan Corp. this week launched the service Yahoo Ending (ending.yahoo.co.jp), a ...

Jun 24, 2014

Exec pay continues to reach new heights

While Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn was raking in around ¥1 billion last year, executives at other listed companies in Japan were also making more money than ever amid the economic recovery. Executive pay for fiscal 2013 announced as of Monday showed that Hajime Satomi, ...

Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji

Jun 17, 2014

Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji

The Narita Express railway service will run all the way to Mount Fuji starting this summer, offering travelers a potential way to skip the capital and its congested railway interchanges. The distinctive red and black N’ex cars currently link the Tokyo area to Narita ...

More not always better when it comes to child care, CEO warns

Jun 16, 2014

More not always better when it comes to child care, CEO warns

The revamped version of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s growth strategy will likely call on companies and state entities to insert more women into senior positions and aim to improve public child care support to shore up Japan’s shrinking workforce. But if Abe wants to ...

Zombie firms pressured to act

Jun 6, 2014

Zombie firms pressured to act

The government is targeting stagnant companies that lack the will to grow and has drafted a plan to help institutional investors pressure them into pursuing growth more aggressively. The Financial Services Agency’s Principles for Responsible Investors, better known as the Japanese version of Britain’s ...

Japan road trip video goes viral

May 28, 2014

Japan road trip video goes viral

A driver's-eye view of a spectacular 80-hour road trip across Japan has become an Internet hit, with visitors from 47 countries on every continent taking in the scenery it features.

Spousal tax break targeted to get wives out of house

| May 26, 2014

Spousal tax break targeted to get wives out of house

The government is considering cutting a tax benefit that critics say deters wives from seeking full-time employment, as part of efforts to spur the economy. The reform would aim to unlock the dormant potential of the nation’s many out-of-work spouses and could potentially expand ...