February 02, 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, February 2nd 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, February 2nd 2013.

#1. Economy

"The reawakening of Japan after a 20 year period of stop go recession and deflation is shaping up as a major issue for 2013," said Shane Oliver, chief economist at AMP Capital."If, as appears increasingly to be the case, Japan is serious and embarks on a path of monetary reflation intent on exiting deflation it has a number of, mostly positive, implications for the global economy."

Source: Dollar climbs new peaks against yen
January 18, 2013, The Age Newspaper, Online

#2. Technology

"NTT Docomo ….announced its 2013 spring lineup of 12 models..Docomo smartphones capable of full-HD for superb high-definition video. Compatible with Docomo’s Xi LTE service for maximum downlink of 112.5 Mbps (some areas), the fastest LTE connection in Japan."

Source: Docomo unveils 12 new mobile devices
JAN. 23, 2013 , Japan Today

#3. Transport

"The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office will start pressing criminal charges against cyclists who repeatedly ignore red lights amid a growing number of traffic accidents involving bicycles…. Last year, 18,220 accidents in Tokyo involved bicycles……accidents caused by ignoring a red light made up 9.6 percent,"

Source: Wayward cyclists face clampdown, Japan Times,
Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013

#4. Transport

Video: E6 Series Bullet train
Source: caruze67
You Tube

"A new E6 series bullet train (is) due to debut March 16 on the Akita Shinkansen Line as the Super Komachi…the new train briefly touch its maximum speed of 300 kph…(with) plans to boost to 320 kph in spring 2014."

Source: Bigger, Faster, Better
Japan Times, January 22nd, 2013

#5. Finance

"The yen has fallen around 11% against the dollar in the past two months"

Source: Govt Upgrades Econ View In Jan Report, 1st Time In 8 Months,Wednesday, January 23, 2013,

#6. Finance

"The central bank adopted a firm 2 per cent inflation target.. and confirmed a 13 trillion yen monthly asset purchasing program to begin in January 2014"

Source: Japan faces pressure for more stimulus
By Vessna Polijak & Greg Earl, The Australian Financial Review Newspaper
Wednesday 23rd January, 2013, page 1

#7. Employment

"Japanese companies are eager to hire experienced personnel in their 30s to fill gaping holes in their workforces created by the hiring freeze during the tough economic times in the late 1990s and early 2000s."

Source: Part-Timers Hit By High Demand For Midcareer Workers, Lifestyle
January 23rd, 2013

#8. Education

"In a survey conducted by the Tokyo Elementary School PTA Council, 86% of parents and 38% of teachers were in favor of Saturday classes while 7% and 52% respectively were opposed."

Source: Japan considers 6-day school week; teachers not enthusiastic
JAN. 23, 2013 , Japan Today

#9. Food

"Japan plans to ease restrictions on American and French beef imports imposed due to concerns over mad cow disease……. Japan…was once the largest buyer of U.S. beef…It now imports meat only from cattle aged under 20 months.Tokyo plans to raise the limit to 30 months starting on Feb 1 "

Source: Japan to ease U.S., French beef import restrictions
JAN. 23, 2013 , Japan Today

#10. Food

"Seven-Eleven To Offer Y100 Drip Coffee At All Stores"

Source: Spotlight, January 23rd, 2013,

#11. Video

Title: "The World in Two Minutes: Japan"
By WokiToki Source: You Tube

#12. Book Review

Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe

#13. Free Download - 2013 Calendar

#14. Business

"Dinner at a pub: 270 yen. A bowl of ramen: 290 yen. Yakitori: 280 yen… Cheap is king in recession-mired Japan…Japan’s business climate has always been harsh"

Source: Cheap is king in recession-mired Japan
JAN. 21, 2013, Japan Today

#15. Population

"According to the World Health Organization, Japan has just five births for every 1,000 girls aged 15-19 years old, the smallest number in the industrialized world. Compare this to 40 teen births per 1,000 in the U.S. (figures for 2005-2010)."

Source: So many small things Japan should be proud of
BY AMY CHAVEZ, January 19th, 2013, Japan Times

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