November 28, 2015

Japanese Customer News 28th November 2015























“Australia and Japan have agreed to significantly increase defence co-operation with more joint military exercises and a closer trilateral relationship with the US”

Source: Defence ties with Japan to deepen by Brendan Nicholson, The Australian, Monday 23rd November, 2015, page 6.




“The population of Japanese in their 20’s - who use love hotels to escape from small and crowded family homes - fell from 18 million in 2000 to 13 million in 2013”

Source: Japan dumps ‘love hotels’ for backpacker hostels by Robin Harding, Financial Times, Australian Financial Review, Monday 23rd November, 2015, page 19.




“According to the National Police Association, the number of love hotels is declining by 2 per cent a year , from 6,259 in 2010 to 5,940 in 2013”

Source: Japan dumps ‘love hotels’ for backpacker hostels by Robin Harding, Financial Times, Australian Financial Review, Monday 23rd November, 2015, page 19.





“How they rate % Student Class

Country Teachers Change time at teaching

Salaries 2010 – 2013 school time

(hrs/year) (hrs/year)

Australia $78,305 6.10 1010 879

South Korea $71,736 4 648 667

Germany $87,902 3.9 683 800

Japan $67,498 0.8 762 736

USA $82,558 6.3 967 n/a

Source: OECD”


Source: Longer hours, but Aussie teachers among best paid, by Natasha Bita, The Australian, Wednesday November 25th, 2015, p2.



“Japanese stand-up comedienne Yuriko Kotani won this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award for aspiring comics last Friday, beating five other finalists at the Comedy Store in London with a five-minute act blending humour and sarcasm.”

Source: Japanese woman wins BBC newcomer comedy award, by Magdalena Osumi, Nov 25, 2015, Japan Times Online, http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/11/25/entertainment-news/japanese-woman-wins-bbc-newcomer-comedy-award/#.Vlj-B30Rp2_



“Japan’s new super-fast trains – capable of travelling in excess of 600 km/h and which are directed underground as much as possible – have arrived at the centre of high-speed rail debate in Australia”

Source: Superfast trains “can turbocharge regions’ by Dennis Shanahan, The Australian, Thursday November 26th 2015, page 5.



“Tiwi Islanders have finally succeeded in a 30 year battle to bring the first shipment of woodchip grown in plantation on their homeland north of Darwin to market, with about 38,000 tonnes due to depart for Japanese owned paper mills this weekend…Under a five year deal with Japanese conglomerate Mitsui to supply up to 400,000 tonnes of chips or eight to ten shiploads annually, the plantation project could generate $150
million”

Source: Tiwi woodchips will fetch millions in Japan, by Amos Aikan, The Australian, Thursday November 26th, 2015, page 6.



“The national average of Japan’s minimum wage was 780 yen (AUS $8.80) per hour last fiscal year, so a 3 per cent increase (18 yen) would still not buy more than a bowl of ramen noodles….Mr.Abe told cabinet ministers he eventually wants to raise the weighted national minimum wage to 1000 yen per hour”

Source: Japan to raise minimum wage, by Stanley White, Reuters, AFR, Friday 27th November, 2015, page 31.


“Most Memorable Overseas Dining

“This would be the 11-course meal I had at Saami, a traditional Japanese restaurant set in a 15th-century building in the hills overlooking the beautiful city of Kyoto. The attention to detail and presentation were like nothing I have seen before”

Melanie Cochrane, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Merchant Services, Japan and Asia Pacific, American Express

Source: Traveller, Life & Leisure, Australian Financial Review, Weekend, Friday November 27th - 29th, 2015, LI2.


“An Actors Revenge (114 minutes) Rated M in Australia Japanese director Kon Ichikawa is best-known in the west for this theatrical, gender-bending melodrama about a kabuki actor (Kazuo Hasegawa) bent on avenging the deaths of his parents. The stylised wide-screen imagery often approaches delirium – especially the use of colour against a dark background, with much of the skulduggery occurring at night.”

Source: Our pick of what's showing on the big screen, by Jake Wilson, The Age Online, November 27, 2015
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/our-pick-of-whats-showing-on-the-big-screen-20151125-gl6sgt.html#ixzz3sjmuHjNa










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