Masako Tsubuku

For Masako Tsubuku's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Consumers slow to embrace generic drugs

| Jul 11, 2015

Consumers slow to embrace generic drugs

In May, the health ministry announced that it would set a new target for the use of generic pharmaceuticals. In 2013, 46.9 percent of the prescription drugs dispensed in Japan were generics, and at first the ministry said it wanted to raise this portion ...

Temblors in the home insurance business

| Jul 4, 2015

Temblors in the home insurance business

When we were looking around for a financial institution for a housing loan, we found that the major ones didn’t really want to talk to us, but there were plenty of other places that would. In the end, we went with JA Bank, the ...

Home electronics market loses its spark

| Jun 27, 2015

Home electronics market loses its spark

On May 25, Yamada Denki Co., the largest home electronics retailer in Japan, announced that it would be closing 46 outlets. Given that the stores had been losing money for at least a year and Yamada operates more than 1,000, the announcement wasn’t surprising, ...

Watch out for hidden hazards of buying land

| Jun 6, 2015

Watch out for hidden hazards of buying land

When we were looking for property we consulted topographical maps prior to checking a particular piece of land in person. Understanding the elevation of a plot is important if you’re buying land near the coast or along a river. In the event of flooding ...

Garden states: looking good on the outside

| May 2, 2015

Garden states: looking good on the outside

One problem with designing your own house is that you don’t necessarily know what it’s going to be like until it’s finished. The company we hired to build ours doesn’t make model homes the way some housing companies do. It’s one of the reasons ...