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1. Accounting

In Japan, although revenue is defined as the benefit of sales of goods or services in the income statement principle of corporate accounting, a comprehensive accounting standard for revenue recognition has not been developed. On the other hand, the IASB developed a comprehensive accounting standard and released the “revenue from the contract with a customer” (IFRS No. 15) in May 2014. IFRS No. 15 will be applied from the fiscal year starting from January 1st, 2018.

Considering the circumstances, the ASBJ has examined and approved the exposure draft for the following accounting standards and guidance on July 14th, 2017.

・Exposure Draft of Statement No. 61
(Exposure Draft of Accounting Standard for Revenue Recognition)

・Exposure Draft of Guidance No. 61
(Exposure Draft of Guidance on Accounting Standard for Revenue Recognition)

2. Tax

In the FY 2017 tax reform, a part of requirement for fixed amount periodical compensation was reformed. After the reform, if a net compensation amount after deductions (e.g. withholding tax) in each period is the same, the periodical compensation amount is deemed as the fixed amount in each period. In this case, the deductions mean a total amount for national withholding income tax, withholding inhabitant tax and social insurance deducted from the fixed amount periodical compensation. This reform is applied to compensation whose resolution for the payment (in cases of no resolution, the compensation payment) has been made after April 1st, 2017.

3. Labor Management (Social insurance eligibility for part-time workers expanded again from April 1, 2017)

The expanded social insurance eligibility for part-time workers, which was previously applicable to workers who worked for offices with 501 or more insured employees, is now applicable to workers who work for either of the following offices with 500 or less insured employees:
1. A corporate or sole proprietorship which applies for the social insurance coverage for part-time workers based on a labor-management agreement(*)
2. Facilities belonging to local governments
(*) The agreement between an employer and the majority of employees on joining social insurance

“Part-time worker” refers to a worker whose scheduled working hours/days are less than 3/4 of the full-time employees and who fulfills all of the following conditions:

1. A worker whose weekly scheduled working hours are 20 hours or more
2. A worker who is expected to be employed for 1 year or more
3. A worker whose monthly wages are JPY 88,000 or more
4. A worker who is not a student
(Source: The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare leaflet)

4. This Week’s Words of Wisdom

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.(Franklin D. Roosevelt)

We need a goal in our life. Therefore, do you think that the time before an achievement of a goal exists for only to reach that achievement?

No, I do not think so. The time when one makes effort is reflected in one’s life.
Therefore, if one just sets up a goal and makes no effort, time passes idly.
Of course, a life without goals is much emptier.

The referring page is Nagamine & Mishima JC Accounting K.K.

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