Business 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 to ...

Builders tap foreigners amid crunch

National Jan 14, 2014

Builders tap foreigners amid crunch

Building contractors are increasingly looking to foreign workers to cover labor shortages plaguing the industry amid the reconstruction demand to rebuild the Tohoku region from the 2011 quake-tsunami disaster and ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Traditionally, many general contractors and subcontractors were reluctant to ...