It amazes me that in this age where just about every piece of information on earth has been digitized on to computers that we have not standardized the date, which is absolutely critical to any accounting system, if not life in general. The British and the Australians say DD/MM/YY, the Yanks and Canadians say MM/DD/YY, the Japanese say YY/MM/DD. So if you are looking at a document with a date of 11/9/13, it could be the 11th day of September 2013, the 9th day of November 2013 or the 13th day of September 2011, depending who wrote it. But wait, in Japan it gets worse, they not only use YY/MM/DD but they also have their own calendar starting with the accession of each emperor. The Heisei period started in 1988 and so 11/9/13 could now be the 11th year of the Heisei period, the 9th month and the 13th day, which would be the 13th September 1999.Read More »
There once was a time and place when making payments from your bank account also produced almost automatically a nice little booklet containing all the necessary information about such payments: date, payee, description and amount. This was called the cheque book system which, interestingly, has never existed in Japan as far as I know. As part of writing out the cheque, you also wrote out a cheque stub with all these details and ended up with little booklets of 25 to 50 cheque stubs which were a vital part of your bookkeeping records. At the end of each financial year, you could present all your cheque stub booklets to your accountant and off he’d go and happily prepare your accounts.Read More »
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With the changing seasons almost upon us, I felt that it was time for a bit of a change with my site, both in presentation and content, as well as starting a blog for those interested in Niseko and the lifestyle here. I hope you enjoy it and please feel free to contact me if you wish to make any comments or suggestions.Read More »