Japanese consumption tax increases to 8% today; 10% in October 2015

Today, Japanese consumption tax increased for the first time in 17 years in order to cover growing social security costs due to an aging population.

The tax rate was raised to 8% from 5%  which, it is estimated, will raise an extra JPY 5 trillion (USD 50 billion) in tax revenue for the government in 2014 and an extra JPY 8 trillion in tax revenue in 2015.

The increase is a counterpoint to the government's JPY 5.5 trillion (USD 55 billion) stimulus package last year.

Programmable current amplifier for tiny current signals

NF Corporation provides electronic measuring instruments and power supplies for use in R&D and production lines. The company also provides electronic components and control circuits for satellites and the Hayabusa spacecraft. The programmable current amplifier CA5350, recently developed by NF to measure tiny signals, amplifies extremely small current signals from sensors. This product's performance, capabilities, and ease of use make it possible to amplify signals from a variety of current output sensors.

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