Japanese Customer Newsletter, June 3rd, 2013.
"Apple, one of the most visible foreign companies in Japan, raised the price of iPads by up to 13,000 yen ($130) at its local stores. The 64 gigabyte iPad will now cost 69,800 yen, up from 58,800 yen a day ago, an Apple store employee said. The 128 gigabyte model will cost 79,800 yen compared with 66,800 yen"
Source: Apple joins other foreign brands in raising prices in Japan
31 May, 2013
"26.3 percent Increase in the number of overseas visitors to Japan in March compared to a year earlier, thanks largely to the stronger yen, according to the JNTO"
Source: the small print
May 22, 2013
The black-footed albatross and other comeback kings
By: Reg Dunlap | May 22, 2013 | Issue: 1000
"On Thursday, the Nikkei 225 Stock Average plunged more than 5 per cent. The broader Topix lost 3.8 per cent, after a 6.9 per cent drop on May 23, its biggest one-day decline since the March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster. The market is now down 11 per cent since May 22. That officially puts Japan in correction mode."
Source: Japan market's wild ride might just be beginning
June 1, 2013, William Pesek, The Age
"The International Monetary Fund on Friday gave a cautious thumbs up to Japan’s economy-boosting efforts, but warned there are “considerable downside risks” if Tokyo doesn’t chop its huge national debt."
Source: IMF backs Japan's 'Abenomics' but warns of risks
By Hiroshi Hiyama, JUN. 01, 2013, Japan Today
"In about one hour, visitors to the Gion Corner at the Yasaka Hall in Kyoto’s Higashiyama Ward can view seven traditional art performances, including elegant Kyomai (Kyoto-style dance), a tea ceremony, a Bunraku puppet play and a Kyogen comic drama."
Source: Gion Corner shows 7 traditional Kyoto performances in 1 hour
May 31, 2013
By TAKUMI OKADA
The Asahi Shimbun
" Among the many toppings for rice, chirimen-sansho (boiled and dried tiny fish flavored with Japanese sansho pepper) stands out for its sophistication"
Check the link for the recipe & photo!
Source: JAPANESE HOME COOKING: Tiny fish with tangy pepper offers scent of early summer
May 29, 2013
The Asahi Shimbun
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