September 30, 2014

New Japanese robot aimed at family market debuts Feb 2015 in Japan

Japanese robot Copyright Peter Hanami 2003
Picture: Japanese robot

"new..human-like robot "Pepper"...would be able to learn the routines and hobbies of family members...Y198,000 from Feb (2015) at Softbank stores Japan"

Source: New Robot powered by love 
By Megumi Fujikawa
The Weekend Australian Newspaper
June 7 - 8, 2014, page 29

September 27, 2014

East Asian corporate savings estimated at $US2.5 trillion

Japanese currency copyright peter hanami 2005
  Picture: Japanese currency

  "Japanese firms hold ¥229 trillion ($2.1 trillion) in cash, a massive 44% of GDP. Their South Korean counterparts hold 459 trillion won ($440 billion) or 34% of GDP. That compares with cash holdings of 11% of GDP, or $1.9 trillion, in American firms."

A $2.5 trillion problem
The Economist online edition
Sep 27th 2014

September 23, 2014

88 percent of electricity in Japan generated by LNG and coal according to report

Japanese electricity plug & outlet Copyright peter hanami 2005
Picture: Japanese electricity plug & outlet 

"Japan has more than doubled soalr capacity to about 13,500 megawatts since beginning a clean energy incentive program in July 2012. ...Fossil fuels such as liquefied natural gas and coal now account for 88 per cent of power produced in Japan...While renewable sources that also include wind and geo thermal account for just 2.2 per cent of electricity generation"

Source: Farmers reap solar benefits 
By Aya Takada & Chisaki Watanabe
Thursday May 29th 2014, p22

September 19, 2014

Convenience an important marketing strategy for Japanese customers

Japanese customer ready to travel Copyright Peter Hanami 2005
Picture: Japanese customer ready to travel

"An increase in direct flights between Melbourne and Japan, including Jetstar's first direct service to the Asian nation in more than five years, led to a 63 per cent rise in Japanese visitors last month to almost 8000."

Asian tourists boost traffic at Sydney and Melbourne airports
September 19, 2014
By Matt O'Sullivan
The AGE Newspaper online