Jan 21, 2016

Uncertain annual wage talks

It remains to be seen whether workers at small and medium-size firms will benefit from raises in this year's annual wage negotiations.

Dec 8, 2015

Japan considers three-year tax cut on new equipment for small firms

The government and ruling coalition are studying halving the fixed asset tax rate for machinery and other depreciable assets for small companies under certain conditions, sources familiar with the matter said. It would affect machinery and equipment newly obtained by small companies, with the ...

Book-buying Obama shows support for local business

Nov 30, 2014

Book-buying Obama shows support for local business

President Barack Obama tried to draw attention to independently owned businesses on the Saturday after the Thanksgiving holiday, a day that is increasingly being marketed as one for deal-hungry consumers to remember to patronize small businesses while doing their holiday shopping. He bought several ...

Apr 16, 2014

Big biz keen to skirt tax hike

The government has hired around 600 special investigators to prevent big businesses from passing the latest consumption tax increase on to their suppliers and contractors, but many small businesses are facing increasingly subtle billing and payment schemes from clients. In Tokyo’s Ota Ward, home ...

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

Apr 9, 2014

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

Microsoft Corp. ended its support Wednesday for its Windows XP operating system, including security measures against viruses, and called for an early migration to newer operating systems. The company terminated its support after providing its last security update program for Windows XP and will ...