April 13, 2012

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Friday 13th, April 2012

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1. Sony set to slash 10,000 jobs globally

Sony Corp….. plans to lay off 10,000 employees worldwide, or 6 percent of its workforce, by the end of the year in a bid to regain global competitiveness…Sony slashed 16,000 from its global workforce in December 2008, following the shock in the global financial market caused by the Lehman Brothers failure.”

Source: Japan Times

2. Japanese and social media?

“Facebook asks its users to use real names and photos for profiles. This distinctive feature, which made Facebook a huge success in American culture where it originated, conflicts with Japanese Internet culture, where users like to use pseudonyms to interact with each other.”

Source: design4clue

3. Japanese consumers & sword beans?

 “Japanese consumers are embracing the sword bean, or nata mame, in everything from tea to toothpaste. Its claim to fame is its ability to stop bad breath, but in Japan the sword bean's credits include preventing pneumonia, strengthening the immune system, reducing diabetes risk and relieving hay fever.”

Source: Ad Age by Kay Makishi

4. Video and audio recordings made in criminal cases

The Public Prosecutor’s Office says that audio and video recordings were made in 97% of major criminal investigations across Japan between April 2011 and the end of February 2012…police interrogated suspects in 69 cases, of which 67—or 97%—were recorded on tape and video, Fuji TV reported. In the other two cases, suspects refused to consent to recordings being made, the Public Prosecutor’s Office said…In 28 cases, the entire interrogation was recorded, Fuji reported.”

Source: Japan Today

5. Japan’s inflation smaller than in 1992

At the start of 2012, Japan's inflation-adjusted gross domestic product was smaller than it was in 1992.”

Source: The Age, Major reforms needed to prevent Japan sliding from Noda to Hoover, William Pesek, April 7, 2012

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