October 04, 2015

Japanese Customer News October 3rd 2015

Japanese Customer News October 3rd 2015








Japanese Customer News October 3rd 2015













“The school uniform has taken on its own meaning of eternal youth in Japan, so even older people who’ve graduated are wearing a uniform because of a feeling of not wanting to give up their youth”

Toco Nikaido - creator of Rebirth

Source: Food and water feed a feast of uniform chaos, by Jeremy Rochow, The Australian, Thursday 1st October, 2015, page 15.




“It (Japan) can’t compete against China in terms of price…Japan should shift away from building plants and railways, and toward building human capital such as through education”

Kenichi Ohno, Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo

Source: Rail deal heads to Middle Kingdom, by Mitsuru Obe, The Wall Street Journal, The Australian, Thursday October 1st, 2015, page 24.





“Toyota has started selling a safety device that allows a car to communicate with other vehicles or traffic lights….costs about US$250 and is available only in Japan….allows cars to exchange data with other cars or infrastructure such as traffic lights via radio waves”

Source: Cars ‘will talk to each other’ by Yoko Kubota, The Wall Street Journal, The Australian, October 3rd, 2015, page 33.



“China and Japan are locked into each other economically. The bilateral relationship is the third largest in the world with $US 340 billion in trade in 2014…Japan is China’s second largest (trading partner)…Japan is the largest investor in China, with a stock of direct investment at more than $US100 billion in 2014 ”

Source: China - Japan economic embrace thaws politics by Shiro Armstrong, Australian Financial Review, Monday 28th September 2015, page 12.



“China is the second -largest destination for Japanese students- studying abroad, after the United States. Japanese students are the third largest cohort of foreign students in China”
Source: China - Japan economic embrace thaws politics by Shiro Armstrong, Australian Financial Review, Monday 28th September 2015, page 12.



“2.4 million Chinese tourists visited Japan in 2014, with another % million waiting for visas”

Source: China - Japan economic embrace thaws politics by Shiro Armstrong, Australian Financial Review, Monday 28th September 2015, page 12.





“Prime Minister Abe’s plan to cut mobile phone rates charged by companies including NTT Docomo could put further downward pressure on prices while making the fees closer to those in overseas cities….”the fact is that the carriers dominance has kept prices high and the reduction is going to help increase households purchasing power” Azusa Kato, BNP Paribas

Source: Abe’s inflation goal slips away, by Kevin Buckland and Shigeki Nozawa, Australian Financial Review, Tuesday 29th September, 2015, page 13.



“Japanese beer giant Asahi has scooped up its second Australian boutique brewer…(it) bought the Cricketers Arms brand in April ,2013….The purchase continues the consolidation that has swept through the craft beer sector….In 2013, Lion - a subsidiary of …Kirin…poured $60 million into a new brewery at Geelong to produce its Little Creatures”

Source: Japanese Asahi buys Australian craft beer brewer Mountain Goat, by Jared Lynch, Australian Financial Review, Tuesday September 29th, 2015, page 17.



“Question: The worst place you have been lost?

Answer: Tokyo, where I was on a bus with my whole team. It took us 3 hours to get to our destination”


Steve Redman, VP, Asia Pacific, Palo Alto Networks

Source: Traveller, Australian Financial Review, October 3rd, 2015, page L9.




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