Atsushi Kodera

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

Jan 28, 2016

Osaka moves to allow foreign housekeepers

Osaka Prefecture has decided to go ahead with a national government program allowing foreign nationals to work as housekeepers as part of a larger push toward greater participation of women in the workforce. Some industry insiders have been quick to point out, however, that ...

Rescues point to dangers of searching out backcountry powder

| Jan 18, 2016

Rescues point to dangers of searching out backcountry powder

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding have come under scrutiny after the recent rescue of two groups of skiers stranded in mountains in Nagano and Fukushima prefectures. Japan’s powder-covered mountains are attracting skiers and snowboarders from overseas, but the risk of being stranded, injured, or killed ...

Two new Olympic stadium designs unveiled by Japan Sport Council

Dec 14, 2015

Two new Olympic stadium designs unveiled by Japan Sport Council

The Japan Sport Council on Monday unveiled two new stadium designs for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that blend in better with the greenery-rich Yoyogi area and currently don’t break the ¥155 billion budget. “Both designs use wood in their construction materials, and I think ...

Dec 9, 2015

Low tax on food will hurt the poor, say economists

Political negotiations between the nation’s ruling coalition are approaching a showdown over the unpopular consumption tax, which is set to rise to 10 percent from 8 percent in April 2017. A sweetener being considered has drawn scathing criticism from many economists. The ruling Liberal ...