Japanese Customer Newsletter, December 9th 2013.
“Japan's monthly payments for LNG imports increased 77.5% from 2011 to 2013…Japan pays very much higher prices for LNG than Europe or US.”
Source: Record liquid natural gas costs:77.5% increase…and solar advances, July 23rd 2013, Eurotechnology Japan
“Japan’s GDP accounts for 22 percent of the 12 TPP members. This is a huge and attractive market to the other members, so the size of the Japanese market is a resource for negotiations,”
Source: Japan may be latecomer but TPP trade party has just begun
BY KAZUAKI NAGATA,July 22nd 2013, Japan Times
“Fujitsu Ltd. will become the first major Japanese electronics maker to engage in full-scale vegetable production when it turns an idled semiconductor factory in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, into a lettuce-growing facility.”
Source: Fujitsu turning idled chip factory into lettuce plant
By KAZUMI TAKO, July 5th 2013, Asahi Shimbun
“Brimmer Brewery, based in Kawasaki, produces four premium international craft beers, focusing on American and British style ales available all year round…The better a craft brewery does here in Japan, the better we all do” Scott Brimmer
Source: The right brew for you, By Chris Betros, July 22nd 2013, Japan Today
“ Two maids were unnecessary in the small house of a single woman, but Tatsu had taken advantage of a moral ambiguity in the household and risen above the status of a servant” p44
Source: The Lake
“Menswear maker …Konaka Co…developed an odor-free dress shirt. .. Mushon Fabric shirts…went on sale in May priced at 3,990 yen….The shirts retain deodorant effectiveness even after repeated washings. The nanotechnology-based deodorant material …permeated with a solvent that neutralizes ammonia, the major culprit behind unpleasant body odor.”
Source: Latest fashion is smart and high-tech, July 22nd 2013, Asahi Shimbun
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