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For Philip Brasor's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Popularity of card loans add to financial woes

| Feb 25, 2017

Popularity of card loans add to financial woes

Supreme Court records show that there were 64,637 filings for personal bankruptcy in 2016, an increase of 781 cases over 2015, thus marking the first increase in 13 years. The number of personal bankruptcies peaked in 2003 at almost 250,000 nationwide. The reason for the ...

Foreign workers: Should they stay or should they go?

/ | Feb 11, 2017

Foreign workers: Should they stay or should they go?

As the rest of the world debated the ramifications of U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on persons from seven Muslim-majority countries last week, Japan was notably silent. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is currently going out of his way to placate the new American leader ...

Resorting to adoption to avoid inheritance tax

| Feb 11, 2017

Resorting to adoption to avoid inheritance tax

Revisions to the inheritance tax went into effect in 2015, and related statistics for that year were recently made public by the National Tax Agency. The main change had to do with the basic deduction. Before 2015 the deduction equaled ¥50 million plus ¥10 million ...

New housing options get smaller in the city

| Feb 4, 2017

New housing options get smaller in the city

Last month this column discussed how lack of city planning in the suburbs had led to an over-supply of new housing that exacerbated the well-publicized vacant-home problem. It should be noted, however, that populations in suburbs throughout Japan are declining — some slowly, others ...