May 23, 2016

Japan's GDP growth estimated at 0.4 percent in 2016

Japan's GDP growth estimated at 0.4 percent in 2016



Country   GDP Forecast for 2016  2015 Actual GDP growth

Japan        0.4%                               0.5%



Source

Moody's Investor Services (G20 advanced includes Australia)

Source

Where they are growing
Herald Sun Newspaper, Monday May 23rd 2016, page 27.



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Yamanashi seen as the most popular rural lifestyle destination in Japan




Rural Japan Field Copyright Peter Hanami 2007



Picture: Rural Japan Field




"A survey conducted by a Tokyo-based NGO has found that Yamanashi is the most popular destination for people who are considering a move to rural areas."



Source:
Small Print: March 12, 2015
Meat mishaps, no-stick natto, political mysogyny, and more ...
By Steve Trautlein, Issue 1094
Metropolis Magazine
http://metropolisjapan.com/small-print-march-12-2015

May 17, 2016

Tailor your web content to appeal to Japanese customers says Australian Founder



Japanese key board Copyright Peter Hanami 2010



Picture: Japanese Keyboard



"Bellroy is a Melbourne (Australia) based business that was founded in 2010 with the core objective of slimming down and simplifying the male wallet... co-founder, Andy Fallshaw..." in Japan they don't accept this as their coins have a greater value and because there's less acceptance of credit cards many of their transactions involve coins. And so when we launched our wallets [in Japan] there was only one wallet that took coins and then we had to find subtle ways to give functionality to wallets before the Japanese would really start to buy them."..Fallshaw says Bellroy also tailored its Japanese web content to appeal to a local audience."


Source: Blundstone captures export markets
March 13, 2015
The AGE Newspaper
By Jeremy Loadman