January 05, 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, January 5th, 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, January 5th, 2013. 

#1. Population

"Japan’s population logged a record drop in 2012…A record low 1,033,000 babies were born last year, against 1,245,000 deaths, resulting in a net drop of 212,000 in the nation’s population of about 126 million.. Japan is rapidly greying, with more than 20% of the population aged 65 or over—one of the highest proportions of elderly people in the world."

Source: Japan's population logs record drop in 2012, JAN. 02, 2013
Japan Today

#2. Economy

"Japanese electronics giant Sony said it has stopped producing its PlayStation 2 consoles in Japan… Since launching in 2000 the PlayStation 2 (PS2), which has a Blu-ray player, has sold more than 150 million units worldwide, making it the best selling console of all time "

Source: Sony stops making PlayStation 2 in Japan, JAN. 02, 2013
Japan Today,

#3 Real Estate

"When home owners want to sell their property, they make contracts with realtors. There are three types of agency contracts. An ippan (regular) contract is simply an agreement that says the agency can represent the seller. Sennin (full service) and senzoku sennin (exclusive full service) contracts make the designated agent the sole representative for the seller. "

Source: Checking out the real estate agents, By PHILIP BRASOR and MASAKO TSUBUKU, Japan Times, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

#4 Business

"Tokyo Stock Exchange Group Inc. and Osaka Securities Exchange Co. merged their operations under a new holding company established Tuesday to strengthen competitiveness against major bourses overseas in attracting new listings, transactions and investors."

Source: Tokyo, Osaka bourses merge operation under one holding company, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, Japan Times

#5. Retail

"Department stores and supermarkets across Japan opened their doors Tuesday, offering bargains and thousands of “fukubukuro” (lucky bags)… Seibu department store in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro prepared 150,000 lucky bags and reported brisk sales in the morning. The most expensive item in the lucky bag was a cruise worth 100,000 yen. Some 20,000 people had entered the store by noon, "

Source: Department stores, supermarkets kick off year's sales,
JAN. 01, 2013, Japan Today,

#6. Food

"Japanese consumers are averse to eating GMO products".

Source: Kanematsu buys Honda's soybeans export business,
Terries Take, from, Dec 14, 2012

#7. Books

" A book of teachings by a 96-year-old Canadian nun in Japan has been flying from shelves at bookstores here, with readers expressing thanks for her Christian and self-help advice, such as, "Always smile… The volume has run to four editions since going on sale in September, with a total of 19,000 copies printed so far..."

Source: Catholic nun's 'how to live' becomes a hit in Japan Asahi Shimbun English January 2nd, 2013

#8. Book Review - The Samurai by Shusaku Endo

#9. People of Interest

"Beate Sirota Gordon… who at 22 almost single-handedly wrote women’s rights into the Constitution of modern Japan, and then kept silent about it for decades… Her work — drafting language that gave women a set of legal rights pertaining to marriage, divorce, property and inheritance that they had long been without in Japan’s feudal society — had an effect on their status that endures to this day."

Source: Beate Gordon, Long-Unsung Heroine of Japanese Women’s Rights, Dies at 89, By MARGALIT FOX, New York Times, January 1, 2013,

#10. Travel

"A survey by the Development Bank of Japan found that travelers in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Thailand say Japan is their ideal vacation destination."

Source: The Small Print, December 26, 2012, This week’s required reading, By: Reg Dunlap, Metropolis

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