Atsushi Kodera

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

Apr 8, 2014

BOJ stays policy course, aware of sales tax hike hit

The Bank of Japan on Tuesday left its ultra-loose monetary policy unchanged, while acknowledging the consumption tax hike introduced this month will have a negative impact on the economy. During a two-day meeting that ended Tuesday, the nine-member Policy Board unanimously decided to maintain ...

Apr 2, 2014

Standardized English for road signs to help foreign tourists

Foreign tourists in Japan will have a less confusing time trying to identify roads and landmarks thanks to the introduction of standardized English words and eradication of “Romanized” Japanese words on public signs, transport ministry officials said. Revised transport ministry guidelines that took effect ...

Hidden tax hike surprises await unwary consumers

Mar 28, 2014

Hidden tax hike surprises await unwary consumers

Tuesday’s consumption tax hike will in principle affect all domestic purchases of goods or services, but there are still gray areas where consumers may get surprised by unexpected levies, government officials warn. The consumption tax reform law, part of integrated social security and tax ...

Selective consumption tax breaks inch closer

| Mar 24, 2014

Selective consumption tax breaks inch closer

The consumption tax is going up to 8 percent next Tuesday, but consumers also have to brace for a another hike in October 2015, when the Abe administration plans to raise it all the way to 10 percent — double what it has been ...

Mar 12, 2014

Child smartphone users disturbingly open to strangers

One in four surveyed mobile phone users in their early teens with Internet access were found to be interested in meeting strangers they get to know in cyberspace or they have already done so, according to an online survey released this week by the ...

Feb 19, 2014

Forum offers chance to learn about working for NPO

People who want to work for a nonprofit organization will have a chance Saturday to learn firsthand what the job entails at the NPO Shigoto Forum 2014 in Tokyo, a job fair focusing on nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations. “It seems NPOs are better organized ...