May 02, 2015

Japanese Customer News May 2nd 2015

Japanese Customer News May 2nd 2015







Japanese Customer News May 2nd 2015





“The land of the rising sun is arguably one of only a few countries in the world to be driving the new dawn creative agenda: Commes De Garcon, Toyota’s fuel Cell car, and the world- renowned Yamazaki Whisky, the list goes on”

Source: Creativity is the New Economy by Justin Graham, B+T Magazine, April/May 2015, page 45.



“69% of Japanese travellers are least likely to ditch their mobile device when travelling”

Source: Presentation “Converting social leads into revenue” based on “Majority of Americans say they would vacation without staying connected” report August 12, 2014 by Katherine Cole, Regional Director, Hotels.com, Wednesday April 22nd 2015, Connect Expo, Melbourne.



“Mr. Obama said US and Japanese negotiators have come close to completing a bilateral agreement on trade issues - an agreement that would help pave the way for completion of the broader 12 nation TPP…”Japanese farmers are tough”

Source: Obama warns of China push on trade deal, by Gerald.F.Seib, The Australian Newspaper, Wednesday April 29th, 2015, page 25.



“Fitch ratings downgraded Japan’s credit rating…long-term foreign and local credit issuer rating by one notch to A from A-plus..”Japan’s main sovereign credit and rating weakness is the high and rising level of government debt”..adding that lack of growth was another ratings weakness”



Source: Fitch cuts Japan’s credit rating, by Eleanor Warnock, The Wall Street Journal, The Australian Newspaper, April 29th 2015, page 24.



“rare- earths production is far more a chemical business than a mining one, and some prospective mine players have chosen to leave processing to those with experience, such as the Japanese”


Source: Will Oil, Ore rally last by Robin Bromby, The Australian Newspaper, Monday April 27th 2015, page 26.



“Japanese life insurance firms prfer to invest in domestic bonds as they generally make payments to their customers in yen and don’t have to worry about forex risks”

“Japanese life insurers …plan to keep pouring money into US debt this year as the list of countries able to meet their thirst for yield shrinks”

Source: Japan insurers pile into US debt market by Kosaku Narioka and Eleanor Warnock, The Wall Street Journal, The Australian Newspaper, Tuesday April 28thth , 2015, page 24.



“Japanese companies are vying for chances to join three fast-train projects under construction in the US,Los Angeles and San Francisco. Dallas and Houston; and New York and Washington with high -speed systems”

Source: Abe wants US to get on board Japan’s bullet train, by Mitsuru Obe, The Wall Street Journal, The Australian Newspaper, Tuesday April 28th, 2015, page 25.



“Mr.Cook, effectively second-in-charge of the Australian subsidiary (Mitsubishi Motors Australia) …he recently warned that aggressive sales targets set by Japan for 100,000 cars a year by 2017, might not be achievable despite recent strength in sales of light commercial and SUV vehicles”


Source: Fraud fear as Mitsubishi mourns boss, by Rebecca Urban, The Australian Newspaper, April 30th, 2015, page 5.



“So far this year, Japanese companies have struck $US 41.8 billion of overseas deals, nearly double the $US 21.2 billion in the same period last year according to Dealogic. The total for all of 2014 was $US 53.4 billion”

“in Japan, where companies have tended to hang on to their cash, rather than paying generous dividends, deals that are seen as creating value over the long term often bring a share price - pop”


Source: Deals on rise as Japanese companies snap up overseas assets, The Wall Street Journal, The Australian Newspaper, Thursday April 30th, 2015, page 24.




“while Japan’s shrinking population is still enduring seemingly interminable recession, it’s global net asset position of more than $US 3 trillion is easily the highest in the region (and indeed the world)”

Source: Asia still the answer as boom fizzles out, by Adam Creighton, In the Zone, The Australian Newspaper, May 1st, 2015, page

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