October 07, 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter October 7th 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, October 7th 2013.

#1. Energy 

“Toyota Motor Corp will begin consideration of a system for the sharing and effective utilization of waste heat and excess electricity produced by its plant and other medium and small-sized plants in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture.” 

Source: Toyota considering regional heat and power sharing system for industrial parks, July 15th 2013, Japan Today

#2. Stocks 

“With a market capitalization of 3.8 trillion yen Fast Retailing is now the biggest constituent of the Nikkei 225 benchmark index” 

Source: Uniqlo may be growing too fast, The Lex Column, Financial Times, Australian Financial Review, Monday 15th July, 2013, page 21

#3 Prices 

"Normally, the price of Japanese kabocha is two to three times that of the imported kind. In April at the Tokyo Central Produce Market, domestic kabocha was going for ¥356 per kg, while foreign kabocha was only about ¥97. However, lately the price of Japanese kabocha has come down to almost even with foreign kabocha, which is a remarkable drop…" 

Source: Deflation watch: Kabocha, July 1st, 2013 by Philip Brasor & Masako Tsubuku, Japan Times, Yen for Living,

#4. Entertainment 

Takarazuka Revue Co., the renowned female-only music and dance company famous for its gorgeous costumes, is planning more overseas performances from 2015. .. It intends to develop its business in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and possibly elsewhere in Asia." 

Source: Takarazuka to dance into Asia from 2015, July 9th 2013, Asahi Shimbun

#6. Quote 

“The young women possessed a healthy appetite too, assimilating the fuel she needed like an automatic machine” page 52 

Kenzaburo Oe 

Source: Somersault

#7. Shopping 

"Customers are clever--they want the more expensive items but they hang on to see if they get discounted," Fast Retailing Chief Financial Officer Ken Okazaki said."

Source: Thrift trumps Abenomics as Japan shoppers stick to bargains, Asahi Shimbun, July 12th 2013

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