July 21, 2014

"Japanese automakers...focus on core principles that don't change: reliability, affirdability and practicality" Rework - Jason Fried








"Japanese automakers...focus on core principles that don't change: reliability, affirdability and practicality. People wanted those things thirty years ago, they want them today, and they'll want them thirty years from now"

Source: Rework - Change the way you work forever
By Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
Page 85
Vermilion books, 2010

July 07, 2014

New report shows that Japanese companies have stockpiled $1.56 trillion in cash or equivalent to Australia's total economic output

Japanese Currency Copyright Peter Hanami 2005
Picture: Japanese Currency 



"A new report .....reveals that Japanese companies have stashed away $1.56 trillion in cash reserves, the equivalent of Australia's entire annual economic output - and potentially a source of massive new investments in Australia under a free trade deal"




Source: FTA could see massive Japan cash splash
By Rowan Callick
The Australian Newspaper
Monday April 7th, 2014 page 16

July 04, 2014

Japanese universities increase number of solitary seats in cafeterias

Japanese graduates at recruitment fair Copyright Peter Hanami 2005
Title: Japanese graduates at recruitment fair 




"Psychologists are fretting about the increasing number of universities that set up bocchi seki in their cafeterias—seats for solitary students who “don’t want to share tables with other people and feel self-conscious about others’ gaze when they eat.”




Source: Telephone lines, Yamanote train redesign, bad lieutenants and more
By: Steve Trautlein 
 Jul 3, 2014 
|Issue: 1058