September 18, 2014

Will the new iPhone 6 be able to compete with mobile payments in Japan?

Japanese customer in kimono Copyright Peter Hanami 2004
Picture: Japanese customer in kimono 

"Mobile payments have been around in Japan for more than a decade. The country is often considered to be the birthplace of mobile commerce, largely due to the high adoption of smartphones and other mobile devices among Japanese consumers....Many mobile devices in Japan are equipped with an NFC chip called Felica. This chip was first introduced to the market in 2004 and now has a home in nearly every mobile device sold in the country. The iPhone had been one of the very few devices sold in Japan that did not have a Felica chip installed in it. "


September 08, 2014

Australian businesses must get serious about North Asia opportunities according to Catherine Livingstone, Business Council of AUstralia

Japanese Green tea with Manju Copyright Peter Hanami 2007 all rights reserved
Picture: Japanese Green tea with Manju

(Australian) "Business needs to devise implementation strategies to maximize the opportunities that will arise from getting preferential access to North Asian markets and managing costs and increasing productivity in order to be genuinely attractive to our regional customers" 

Catherine Livingstone, President Australian Business Council of Australia

Source: Asia in no doubt Australia means business
By Catherine Livingstone
The Australian Newspaper
Monday 28th APril 2014, page 12

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