April 09, 2012

News Monday 9th, April 2012


Japanese Customer News

Monday 9th, April. 2012

Book : Japanese Houses


"when the first Europeans laid eyes upon traditional Japanese houses, they described them as so fine they seemed to have been built by the hands of angels"

By M. Lorence

Read full review here

1. Japanese customers in Japan get a customized house that’s built within three months.

“ In Japan, Sekisui customers sit down with a sales consultant and a designer to draw up a bespoke house on the spot. Within three months of finalizing the plans, the house is built on their site and is ready to move into

Source: Japanese aesthetic snaps into place, By Ben Hurley, Australian Financial Review, April 5th, 2012, page 61

2. Japanese work ethic different to other cultures

“ exasperated Toyota Australia president Max Yasuda let loose his withering denunciation of Australia’s inflexible industrial relations system and lazy workplace culture. The Australia that Yasuda described…was more banana republic than model economy. His chief complaint was bogus sick leave claims and an absenteeism rate of up to 30 per cent. “ For me this is difficult to understand”, he said. “Why is this allowed?”…His broadside, uncharacteristically candid for a Japanese executive on foreign soil, was a sobering rebuke..”

Source: The Productivity Challenge, By Leo D’Angelo Fisher, Business Review Weekly, Feb 16-22, 2012, page 20

3. Japan has had a working holiday agreement with Australia since 1980

Australia's first working holiday agreement was with Japan in 1980

Source : The Age.

4. Linked in launches “how to series” for Japanese users

Linked In …launched a ‘Navi” site, .. to demonstrate how the country’s Internet users can benefit from the professional networking site… it still has less than 500,000 registered members.”

5. Japanese students prefer to stay in Japan according to new survey

survey conducted by the Japan Youth Research Institute found that 46 percent of Japanese high school students hope to study abroad, compared with 82 percent in South Korea, 58 percent in China and 53 percent in the U.S.”

Source: Japan Times

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