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Showing posts with label Industry. Show all posts

January 12, 2024

Audio Book: 🎧 There is no such thing as a an Easy Job by Kikuko Tsumura

Review by JapaneseCustomer.com:

"Kikuko has created an amazing insight from the worker's view of a range of temporary jobs she shares with us. For example: A bus company, a rice cracker company, and a hut in a park perforating tickets for an event. 

What stood out when I listened was the holistic detail provided by the employee at each job, for example: how she got the job from the temporary recruitment agency, how it was sold by the recruiter, why she was put forward, her initial impression, her first day, her bosses and co-workers, what the role entailed, the highs and lows of the role, the psychological impact, the relationships, the silence, how she thought of the job when away from the office, boss relationship and what type of person they were (could they be trusted, etc), co-workers were they real or fake and was the relationship tainted by the nature of her role, the role itself and her relationship with the boss. 

Plus you also get the complexity of the culture in language, body language, rituals, customs, etc. It feels like you are actually in the job. 

You are seeing, hearing, and feeling the whole job. On audiobook, this is magnified by the voice of the narrator which adds a whole new level of depth to the stories and your overall experience of the topic. 

A very insightful and powerful story of temporary work from the worker's holistic view, wow!

 Buy the Audio Book here 

#japanesecustomer #author #audiobook #kikukotsumura #novel #japan #japaneseliterature #english #review🎧


July 31, 2022

Toyota leads global car production at 10 million units

Japanese mountain road in Hokkaido copyright peter hanami 2010
Picture: Japanese mountain road in Hokkaido

“Toyota…the Japanese company- held on to pole position in the global car market with sales of 10.23 million cars and trucks in 2014…North America - it’s biggest region, with about 28 per cent of volume sales…sales of 1.1 million in China this year, an annual rise of 6.6 per cent…The company is expecting 3 per cent growth in the US”

Source: Toyota’s car sales reign threatened by Kana Inagaki and Andy Sharman, The Financial Times, Australian Financial Review Newspaper, Friday 23rd January, 2015 page 20.

japan, japanese, customer, consumer, toyota, statistics, trends, insights, manufacturing, business, cars, production, www.japanesecustomer.com, 2015, #japan, #japanese, #customer

July 25, 2022

Sony shutting down Music Unlimited service

Sony Walkman copyright peter hanami 2010
Picture: Sony Walkman


“Sony (is) …shutting down…Music Unlimited at the end of March (2015)…the streaming service, one of the biggest in Japan, is integrated into Sony’s PlayStation consoles…Spotify will now power the music for PlayStation users in 41 markets…Spotify hasn’t launched in Japan….despite negotiating for years with Japanese record labels, which still rely heavily on CD sales for profit”

Source: Sony’s music streaming exit fuels shake-out, By Hannah Karp, The Wall Street Journal, The Australian Newspaper, Friday January 30th, 2015, page 23.

japan, japanese, customer, consumer, sony, music, streaming, music unlimited, spotify, trend, www.japanesecustomer.com,#japan, #japanese, #customer

July 24, 2022

Japans $42 billion Inpex natural gas project Australia insights

Japanese ship copyright peter hanami 2009
Picture: Japanese ship

“Japan’s Inpex Corporation..AUS $42 billion Ichthys liquefied natural gas project in northern Australia…gas will be transported through a 889-kilometre pipeline to Darwin to be processed … 8.4 million  tonnes a year LNG plant at Blaydin Point…also…1.6 million tonnes a year of LPG and 100,000 barrels a day of condensates, making it one of Australia’s biggest liquids producers”

Source: Inpex stands by LNG economics of Ichthys, By Angela MacDonald- Smith, The Australian Financial Review Newspaper, Thursday 29yh January, 2015, p19.

japan, japanese, customer, consumer, inpex, ichthys, project, lng, australia, statistics, insights, investment, www.japanesecustomer.com, #japan, #japanese, #customer

July 13, 2022

Australian exporters get benefits from new trade deal with Japan

Japanese consumer advertising tokyo copyrigt peter hanami 2007
   Picture: Japanese consumer advertising Tokyo

"The Japan-Australia Economic agreement will give many Australian producers and exporters a significant competitive advantage. More than 97 per cent of Australia's exports to Japan will receive preferential access or enter duty-free when JAEPA is fully implemented"

Source: The Robb Report
By Andrew Robb
Federal Member for Goldstein
August 23rd 2014, page 8

July 05, 2022

Japanese car makers have developed strong relationships with suppliers in South East Asia

Japanese car brands in Japan Copyright Peter Hanami 2010

Picture: Japanese car brands in Japan 

"Toyota, Honda, Mitsubishi and Nissan started manufacturing in South East Asia decades ago.
Means they have entrenched relationships with suppliers and distributors."

Source: Foreign car makers face speed bumps in SE Asia
By Jeremy Grant, Financial Times, 
Australian Financial Review
Friday 10th October, 2014, page 20

July 01, 2022

Japan is the world's largest app market in terms of cash value according to report

Japanese customers Tokyo #japanesecustomer
Picture: Japanese customers 

"Japan's is the world's largest app-market for iOS and Google-Play combined, bigger than the US market and the Chinese market in terms of cash value. (source: App-Annie). "

Which are the top-grossing apps in Japan?

Source: Eurotechnology News. February 2015

June 22, 2022

Video: Gas heaters in Japan 🌸


                                                                    Video: Gas heaters in Japan 🌸

What makes them different is that when the house is built you can allocate which rooms have a gas wall connection plug.

This allows you to move around the house to different rooms.

You can also lock the temperature

Learn more about how Japanese customers use gas


#innovation #convenience #japanesecustomer #video #gas #heater

April 26, 2022

The Japanese currency lost nearly 15 yen against the dollar since early March

old japanese coin #japanesecustomer

"The Japanese currency has lost nearly 15 yen against the dollar since early March, briefly sinking to the mid-129 yen zone last Wednesday. A weaker yen typically serves as a boon to Japanese exporters, as profits earned overseas increase when repatriated and Japan-made products become more competitively priced abroad."'

Source:  IMF says yen's rapid slide may hamper Japan's post-pandemic recovery

March 22, 2022

Picture: A 🌸 Japanese Sake Bottle is called an Isshōbin 1800ml


japanese sake bottle #japanesecustomer

" Units used for sake are
1 sho = 10 go = 1.8 liters
1 koku = 10 to = 100 sho (approx. 180 liters)
1 sho is a volume that can be put into obin (literally, large bottle) for sake, namely isshobin (literally, one-sho bottle) which is usually seen in liquor shops."


Fun Fact: Japan has a number of measurement systems

Learn more here


#ml #sake #bottle #measurement #japan #japanesecustomer #statistics #funfact #一升瓶 #日本酒 #日本のお客様

June 19, 2020

Japanese Customer: Honda unveils technology that can sense brain signals and use them to control functions

"Honda Motor unveiled technology that can sense brain signals and use them to control functions like keyboards, cell phones or prosthetic limbs"

Source:The small print
By Alex Vega
Metropolis, Jun 9 - 15, 2006

Japanese Customer: Japanese graduates see the unemployment rate fall but it reveals few opportunities

"People say recruitment is up, but I haven't picked up on that"

Shingo Suzuki

Source: Japan's young jobhunters still edgy despite upturn
By Isabel Reynolds
January 31 2006

July 04, 2016

Blast from the past: Japanese carmakers had six brands in the top ten in Australia in 2014

Nissan GT-R Copyright Peter Hanami 2009
Title: Nissan GT-R in Tokyo

"Top sellers in June

1. Toyota Corolla 4648

2.Toyota Highlux 4276
3. Mitsubishi Triton 4124
4. Mazda 4059
5. Hyundai i30 3243
6. Ford Ranger 3214
7. Holden Commodore 3156
8. Toyota Camry 2378
9. Nissan Navara 2262
10. Volkswagon Golf 2261"

Source: Toyota, Mazda drive recovery
By Philip King
The Australian Newspaper
Friday the 4th July 2014, page 20

May 17, 2016

Tailor your web content to appeal to Japanese customers says Australian Founder

Japanese key board Copyright  2010

Picture: Japanese Keyboard

"Bellroy is a Melbourne (Australia) based business that was founded in 2010 with the core objective of slimming down and simplifying the male wallet... co-founder, Andy Fallshaw..." in Japan they don't accept this as their coins have a greater value and because there's less acceptance of credit cards many of their transactions involve coins. And so when we launched our wallets [in Japan] there was only one wallet that took coins and then we had to find subtle ways to give functionality to wallets before the Japanese would really start to buy them."..Fallshaw says Bellroy also tailored its Japanese web content to appeal to a local audience."

Source: Blundstone captures export markets
March 13, 2015
The AGE Newspaper
By Jeremy Loadman

April 19, 2016

Japan has a minimum 150 day crude oil supply in storage

Gasoline prices Japan Copyright 2007
Picture: Gasoline prices Japan 

"Countries including Japan and the US have a mandated 150-day minimum fuel supply in storage and more when crude oil stocks are considered."

Source: Doubts over Australia's fuel security as bureaucrats admit not knowing reserves 
By Heath Aston February 6, 2015 
The AGE Newspaper