Feb 20, 2014

New tax rules to hit holders of overseas assets

Individuals with overseas assets worth more than ¥50 million must report them to the nation’s tax authorities or face tough penalties, according to new government regulations introduced ahead of this year’s tax return filing. Taxpayers who fail to report these assets face penalties of ...

Indie designer Kanai carves out niche with analog board games

Jan 31, 2014

Indie designer Kanai carves out niche with analog board games

In an age when every toddler fiddles with electronic game consoles and smartphones, Seiji Kanai says his passion lies in creating analog board games. The 33-year-old Kanagawa native is among the rising ranks of young independent game designers in Japan who market their handmade ...

Jan 30, 2014

Scholar quits NHK over nuclear power hush-up

A noted professor who regularly provides commentary on an NHK AM radio show resigns from the program to protest the broadcaster's demand that nuclear power not be discussed until after the Feb. 9 Tokyo gubernatorial poll.

Novartis drug's data-tampering reflects unchecked collusion

| Jan 13, 2014

Novartis drug's data-tampering reflects unchecked collusion

Last week, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors against Novartis Pharma K.K., the Japanese subsidiary of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis, alleging the firm made exaggerated advertising claims for its blockbuster blood pressure drug Diovan. The ministry alleges the ...

Abandoned homes a growing menace

Jan 7, 2014

Abandoned homes a growing menace

Shinichi Ueda points to a two-story house standing on 7-meter-tall concrete blocks, flanked by other elevated dwellings. Built on a slope, the wooden structure — part of a 1,000-unit-plus residential area developed in the late 1970s in the suburban city of Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture ...