By Billy Hammond (Copyright AELS)

The Abe administration is set to implement the increase the Japanese consumption tax from the current steep 8% to a tithing 10% in October.

While there are many flaws in this patchwork increase, I’ll focus on what I consider to be the most unfair section of it which will benefit only credit card and e-cash users and be paid for by everyone.

Under the new tax system, people paying for goods or services at small to medium-sized businesses will receive a 2% point-back “gift” from the credit card or e-cash service for a limited time (some articles say up to the 2020 Olympics).

This discriminates against people who don’t have credit cards or who don’t wish to use e-cash. What really sucks is that the point-back 2% will be paid to the credit card and e-cash companies with the tax money they pay. Talk about discrimination at its worst!







English books by Billy Hammond published by AELS



I. Majoh Gakuin and Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools Trilogy

1. Majoh Gakuin & Hikari Juku – Japanese Witch Schools

2. Lost Witch (The second book)

3. Fate & Magic (The final book in the trilogy)

II. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire Trilogy

1. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire

2. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Returns

3. Brindle – Scryer Extraordinaire – Challenges (The final book in the trilogy)

III. Fantasy fiction set in Japan

1. 21st Century Ninja

2. Regressed

3. Japanese Woman

IV. Fantasy fiction set outside of Japan

1. Dimension Jumpers