Atsushi Kodera

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

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 ...

Transit hotel to serve layover passengers at Haneda

Sep 26, 2014

Transit hotel to serve layover passengers at Haneda

Passengers changing flights at Tokyo’s Haneda airport will get a new option for layovers when their body clock demands nothing but a place to crash. A new hotel opening Tuesday will offer transit travelers a room and a shower without having to clear passport ...

Human pyramids at school sports days spark safety concerns

Sep 25, 2014

Human pyramids at school sports days spark safety concerns

As school sports days get underway, students have resumed making large human pyramids, raising concerns about the risk of serious injury. Teachers have begun posting photos and videos online of students forming structures with as many as 10 tiers. Despite the dangers, schools have ...