June 06, 2015

Japanese Customer News June 6th 2015

Japanese Customer News June 6th 2015







Japanese Customer News June 6th 2015




“Mount Shindake…in southern Japan…a violent volcanic eruption…9.59am (on Friday)…on the far southern island of Kuchinoerabu”


Source: Japan evacuates southern island after volcano blows its top, AFP, The Australian, Weekend, May 30th - 31st, 2015, page12.



“Toll (Group) could also work with Japanese companies eager to push into Asia and Australia, using Toll’s supply chain and logistics assets…”at the moment our global forwarding business does not do a lot of export or imports to and from Japan” Brian Kruger, CEO, Toll

Source: Japan delivers Toll global reach by Eli Greenblat, The Australian, Weekend, May 30th - 31st, 2015, page 26.



“Japanese data released yesterday showed…household spending fell 1.3 per cent in April from a year earlier…The annual inflation rate also registered zero in April on falling prices of energy and television sets. The unemployment rate fell to 3.3 per cent…consumers are so slow to reopen their wallets…industrial production rose…1 per cent from the previous month”


Source: Japan consumption disappoints as inflation hits zero, by Takashi Nakamichi and Tatsuo Ito, The Wall Street Journal, The Australia, Weekend, May 30th - 31st, 2015, page 32.



“Japan….after 15 years of deflation, a combination of aggressive monetary easing, flexible fiscal spending and a restructuring of business rules, may be making an impact”

Source: Central bankers call for help, by Jana Ranolow and Alessandro Speciale, Australian Financial review, Monday May 25th 2015, page 9.



“Japan is one of the TPP countries which prefer to wait for the US to pass the fast-track legislation before concluding negotiations…The 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)…will cover about 40 per cent of the world’s economies”

Source: Trans - Pacific trade talks never end, by Rosemarie Francisco, Australian Financial Review, Tuesday 26th May, 2015. page 13.



“(Japanese) Households spent less on leisure, travel and dining-out even as real income rose for the first time in 19 months and the jobless rate fell to an 18 year low…A weak yen and rising hotel charges discouraged households from travelling”

Source: Japanese consumer gloom clouds BOJ’s optimism, by Leila Kihara, Reviews, Australian Financial Review, Weekend, May 30th- 31st, 2015, page 13.



“Japan has about 620,000 lifts in public or commercial buildings nationwide, about 20 per cent of which are in Tokyo”

Source: Japan mulls elevator toilets, AFP, The WSJ, The Australian, Thursday June 4th, 2015, page 10.



“Japan is looking at installing toilets in lifts and providing an emergency supply of drinking water for people trapped by…earthquakes” infrastructure Ministry official”

Source: Japan mulls elevator toilets, AFP, The WSJ, The Australian, Thursday June 4th, 2015, page 10.



● “In Japan, a slow return to nuclear power combined with weak electricity demand growth meant lower gas usage… “In Japan they’re building more coal capacity to displace gas” Glencore boss, Peter Freyburg.


Source: IEA predicts gas demand to fall as coal surges in Asia by Matt Chambers, The Australia, Friday June 5th, 2015, page 22.

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