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Atsushi Kodera
For Atsushi Kodera's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 20, 2014
Ministers' resignations recall the instability of other Cabinets in recent times
Monday's resignations by Cabinet ministers Yuko Obuchi and Midori Matsushima after only six weeks in office recalls the volatility of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's first Cabinet, but financial scandals are not the preserve of the Liberal Democratic Party alone.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Oct 7, 2014
Japan could handle Ebola outbreak, health official says
A senior official at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases says Japan is ready to deal with any Ebola cases should the deadly virus reach this nation.
Japan Times
JAPAN / GENERATIONAL CHANGE
Oct 5, 2014
Educator reverses school's fortunes by reviving progressive principles
When Evernote Corp. CEO Phil Libin visited Tokyo's Shinagawa Joshi Gakuin in May, the combined junior and senior high school for girls came under the media spotlight — not only because it was unusual for a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur to visit a girls' school, but also because of the progressive nature of the school.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
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.
Japan Times
JAPAN
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.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / EXECUTIVE DECISIONS
Sep 18, 2014
MetLife banks on trust to succeed in Japan
As Japan's life insurance market matures, many companies are looking overseas for opportunities to expand.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / 'SUMMER DAVOS' SPECIAL 2014
Sep 10, 2014
Meeting the challenge of diversity
The latest views on the new roles of leadership and the changing issues leaders are facing are two of the themes that entrepreneur Yoshito Hori is keen to check on at this year's Summer Davos conference.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 10, 2014
Anti-mosquito products flying off shelves amid dengue outbreak
The ongoing outbreak of dengue fever traced to Tokyo's Yoyogi Park is prompting consumers to snap up anti-mosquito skin sprays in a season when sales of the item usually decline, while a novel type of mosquito guard is also seeing a sudden surge in demand, industry sources say.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
Aug 25, 2014
Tourism emerges as new economic driver for Japan
With its contribution now rivaling that of the auto industry in at least one estimate, tourism is fast becoming a key focus of Japan's economic policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / EXECUTIVE DECISIONS
Aug 11, 2014
Takeda Pharmaceutical to stay Japan-based while growing on global basis, new French leader vows
The inauguration in June of Christophe Weber as president of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. invited opposition from a group of its former executives and members of its founding family, but the Frenchman says Takeda will remain "Japanese-based" under his leadership.
JAPAN
Jul 30, 2014
Haiku with pacifist message sparks war of words in Saitama
An unpublished haiku about a group of women protesting against efforts to reinterpret war-renouncing Article 9 of the Constitution has triggered an outpouring of words in its defense.
JAPAN
Jul 28, 2014
Japan hoping to get more foreign credit card-friendly ATMs
Under the campaign to help tourists ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the government plans to step up pressure on banks and convenience stores to update their ATMs so it's easier to withdraw cash with a foreign credit card.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jul 17, 2014
Yahoo launches online death-planning service
The Internet has made it easier to plan everything from travel and weddings to careers. Now it is helping people prepare for what they may be the most reluctant to face: death.
BUSINESS
Jun 24, 2014
Exec pay continues to reach new heights
While Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn was raking in around ¥1 billion last year, executives at other listed companies in Japan were also making more money than ever amid the economic recovery.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Jun 17, 2014
Narita Express train headed to Mount Fuji
The Narita Express railway service will run all the way to Mount Fuji starting this summer, offering travelers a potential way to skip the capital and its congested railway interchanges.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 16, 2014
More not always better when it comes to child care, CEO warns
The revamped version of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's growth strategy will likely call on companies and state entities to insert more women into senior positions and aim to improve public child care support to shore up Japan's shrinking workforce.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 6, 2014
Zombie firms pressured to act
The government is targeting stagnant companies that lack the will to grow and has drafted a plan to help institutional investors pressure them into pursuing growth more aggressively.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 28, 2014
Japan road trip video goes viral
A driver's-eye view of a spectacular 80-hour road trip across Japan has become an Internet hit, with visitors from 47 countries on every continent taking in the scenery it features.
Japan Times
JAPAN / EXPLAINER
May 26, 2014
Spousal tax break targeted to get wives out of house
The government is considering cutting a tax benefit that critics say deters wives from seeking full-time employment, as part of efforts to spur the economy.
JAPAN
May 12, 2014
Panel recommends new visa status for special strategic zones
Advisers on a project to set up special strategic zones to promote economic growth propose a new type of visa for foreigners who start businesses in Japan.

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