February 09, 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, February 9th 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, February 9th 2013.

#1. Economy

"the International Monetary Fund said the unexpectedly stubborn eurozone recession and weakness in Japan would continue to weigh on global economic growth this year before a rebound in 2014."

Source: Australians more positive than expected
January 25, 2013, Philip Wen, The Age Neswpaper, Online
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#2. Economy

"The number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2012 surged 34.6% from the previous year"

Source: Foreign visitors to Japan surge 34.6% in 2012
JAN. 26, 2013, Japan Today

#3 Technology

"South Korea continued to have the highest average connection speed at 14.7 Mbps, followed by Japan with 10.7 Mbps) and Hong Kong (8.9 Mbps)."

Source: Australian internet speeds fall to 40th place globally
January 25, 2013
The Age Newspaper, Online

#3. Transport

"BMW and Toyota have signed an agreement that means a feasibility study for a new sports car will be completed by the end of the year….The sports car is expected to be powered by an alternative drive-train, as the agreement requires BMW and Toyota to share fuel-cell, hydrogen and post-lithium battery technology."

Source: BMW to build sports car with Toyota
January 25, 2013, Sam Hall, The Age Newspaper, Online

#4. Transport

“Jinshin jiko” literally means “human body accident,” and is a vague phrase used to communicate that someone may have been injured or killed as a result of a traffic accident. Very often, however, it means that someone has thrown themselves in front of a train."

Source: Yamanote line accident horrifies commuters
By Philip Kendall, JAN. 25, 2013, Japan Today

#5. Finance

"According to Japan’s Tax Bureau, the average income of salaried workers in 1997 was ¥4.67 million, and in 2011 it was ¥4.09 million. In terms of total money, Japanese salaried employees earn ¥25 trillion less than they did at the peak of the bubble era."

Source: Deflation watch: Retort curry
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
A yen for living
By Philip Brasor & Masako Tsubuku
Japan Times Newspaper, Online

#6. Finance

"According to a 2012 survey of 2,000 Shinsei Bank employees, the average worker now spends 510 yen on lunch every day. That’s down from 710 yen in 2001 and 600 yen in 2007. That’s a 30% decrease in 12 years."

Source: Survey reveals 24% of workers in Japan spend Y250 on lunch, By Michelle, JAN. 26, 2013, Japan Today

#7. Food

"McDonald’s Japan announced …that it is going to start a promotion called Free Monday, in which one of their breakfast items will be offered free to customers. The company hopes to increase the number of breakfast customers.Until Feb 4, anyone coming to a McDonald’s between the hours of 6-9 a.m. on Mondays will get a free item."

Source: McDonald’s Japan giving away free breakfasts
By Jessica Ocheltree, JAN. 20, 2013, Japan Today

#8. Food

"Saizeriya To Double Store (Restaurant) Openings To 100 A Year"

Source: Spotlight,, Jan 26, 2013

#9. Travel

"The 10 best cities for hotel rooms: 1. Dresden, Germany 2. Hanoi, Vietnam 3. Portland, U.S. 4. Tokyo, Japan 5. Santiago de Compostela, Spain 6. Gdansk, Poland 7. Chicago, U.S. 8. Seattle, U.S. 9. Krakow, Poland 10. Budapest, Hungary"

Source: London hotels ranked the worst in 100 cities
JAN. 26, 2013, Japan Today

#10. Video 

 Selection of Japanese TV Commercials 2013(Japanese)

Source: JPCMHD

#11. Video


#12. Travel

"Japanese tourists spent $1.44 billion dollars in Australia, up 1% since June 2012 according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics"

Source: Global Tourist Spend in Australia, From the article: Rolling out the red carpet as Chinese tourism takes off January 26, 2013, Philip Wen and Matt O'Sullivan,The Age Newspaper, Online,

#13. Travel

"Major Japanese travel agencies report that package-tour bookings for Europe have risen by 40 percent compared to last year"

Source: The Small Print
January 23, 2013
Check your ’ealth, Lawson
By: Reg Dunlap | Jan 23, 2013

#14. Business

"Casio Computer Co has releases two new EX-word electronic dictionaries. The two new models, ..The XD-N6500 is designed for people who want to broaden their knowledge in a range of areas."

Source: Electronic dictionaries with video content
JAN. 26, 2013, Japan Today

Video introduction to the model here in English. Source:alphafour

(Note model numbers in quote & video do not match)

#15. Population

"the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research estimates that Japan’s population will drop to 86.74 million from its current 125.95 million by the year 2060"

Source: The Small Print
January 23, 2013
Check your ’ealth, Lawson
By: Reg Dunlap | Jan 23, 2013

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