Tag - taxes



Japan Times
Mar 24, 2015
Cabinet OKs tax breaks for firms to move headquarters from Tokyo
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet approved plans to give tax breaks to companies that move their headquarters out of Tokyo as Japan seeks to revitalize regional economies.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 18, 2015
Japan should follow wartime slogan to deal with tax evasion, LDP lawmaker says
A Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker has raised eyebrows after suggesting Japan should follow a wartime slogan used to justify past global expansion ambitions in its current approach to tax evasion.
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 5, 2015
Growth in Japan uneven, tied to population size: poll
Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's focus on revitalizing regional economies, growth remains uneven across Japan — with the pace of recovery slow the past year in municipalities with smaller populations, a Kyodo News survey showed Wednesday.
Feb 22, 2015
More tips for filing your U.S. taxes from Japan
With the help of a tax specialist, Lifelines tackles a number of queries in response to the special on U.S. taxation a few weeks back.
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 3, 2015
Diet enacts extra budget to boost domestic demand
The Diet has enacted a ¥3.12 trillion extra budget for fiscal 2014 to fund an economic stimulus package aimed at boosting domestic demand aggravated by last year's consumption tax hike and the yen's plunge.
Japan Times
Jan 28, 2015
Making your U.S. tax filing from Japan that little bit less ... taxing
Calvin Tong, an American taxation expert and long-term Japan resident, explains recent changes in U.S. taxation laws that have left many Americans here confused.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 21, 2015
Obama's State of the Union speech shows populism has gone mainstream in U.S. politics
President Barack Obama reached into his party's progressive past to deliver a robust endorsement of higher taxes for the wealthy, government intervention in the economy and an array of new benefits for lower- and middle-income Americans.
Jan 14, 2015
Budget was no easy feat amid ¥1.5 trillion tax revenue shortfall
The Abe administration faced a daunting task to make up for a revenue shortfall from a delay in the consumption tax hike, and amid a snowballing social security bill, analysts say.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2015
Abe again pushes for higher wages for sake of economy
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe once again on Tuesday urged business leaders to raise wages this year to help get the economy out of more than a decade of deflation.
Jan 3, 2015
87% of big firms expect economy to expand in 2015
A survey of unspecified kinds of companies says many are optimistic that Japan's shrinking economy will post growth in 2015.
Japan Times
Dec 29, 2014
Consumer stimulus is not the same as welfare, though the purpose is the same
There may still be time to apply for the government's one-time welfare handout.
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 22, 2014
Tax cut eyed for eco-friendly minivehicles
The government and the ruling parties plan to introduce a tax cut for eco-friendly minivehicles in the fiscal year beginning next April 1.
Dec 8, 2014
Economics of 'memento mori'
The primary role of taxes — the redistribution of money for social security and welfare purposes — has been neglected, hidden by the more pressing need to reduce debt.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 17, 2014
Japan's economy takes a dive as Abe weighs delay of second tax hike
The economy unexpectedly sank into a recession in the last quarter, unable to shake off the impact of April's consumption tax hike and raising the odds that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will postpone a second increase next year.
Japan Times
Nov 17, 2014
Faltering GDP adds pressure to Abe to call off sales tax hike
The announcement that the economy contracted for a second consecutive quarter raises the political pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to delay the consumption tax hike planned for next October.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 15, 2014
Abe may dissolve Lower House on Tuesday, call snap December election
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to announce Tuesday the dissolution of the Lower House and call a snap election in December, senior ruling party lawmakers say.
Nov 14, 2014
Abe likely to delay tax hike; economists warn of future ramifications
Delaying a key measure to address Japan's enormous public debt would only lead to a larger fiscal problem down the road, economists warn.
Japan Times
Nov 13, 2014
Firms overwhelmingly want Abe to delay sales tax hike, poll shows
Companies overwhelmingly want Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to delay or scrap the consumption tax increase planned for next October, a Reuters poll shows, highlighting concerns the hike could derail a fragile recovery.
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 10, 2014
METI chief hopes to cut corporate tax by over 2.5 percentage points
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa said Monday that he will aim to shave "more than 2.5 percentage points" off of the 35 percent effective corporate tax rate in the fiscal year starting April 2015.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 3, 2014
Wounded Abe grapples with tax jinx after BOJ easing move
Back in April when Shinzo Abe raised the consumption tax, he was betting he could break a jinx that has doomed prime ministers to losing their jobs.


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