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Weekly Column Kanda This and That 330


ReleaseAugust 8, 2019

Thank you for coming back.
You may already have noticed but we have a new cash register now! I replaced the old one in July because I didn’t like it having no price display to shoppers. The one with a display for prices is relatively expensive, so I was almost giving up replacing it. However, I saw a TV commercial about a government subsidy program for cash registers, which said “As of October 1, the consumption tax will be raised to 10%; however, for some items, such as food, it will remain 8%. If you need a cash register which can list both items for 10% and 8% on a single receipt, the government will subsidize 3/4 (up to 200,000 yen) of the cost.” Therefore, if a new cash register costs 120,000 yen, I just have to pay 30,000 yen. Is it right? We sell bread, which consumption tax will remain at 8%, but we are considering selling other items (which will be taxed at 10%). Wonderful! Why not utilize this program? So, we bought a new register. It was great timing. But still, the application procedure was really tedious. It was hard to understand. I thought I couldn’t do it. I really wanted to ask whoever, do you really have an intention to subsidize? On the other hand, my husband was really functional, especially when it comes to “discounts.” He immediately ordered a cash register and completed the application. What a great passion for “discounts.” Although we got a great deal for our new cash register, I still don’t want the raising of the consumption tax.

Weekly Column Kanda This and That
*The information herein is as of August 2019.

Writer:Fumiko Ogawa

The wife of a couple who run a bakery near Kanda Station, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. She writes mainly about everyday and miscellaneous matters that happen around her and also in her neighborhood. She distributes her writings as "Weekly Column Kanda This and That" to the shop's customers and they are very popular. She is from Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture.