March 25, 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter March 25th 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, March 25th, 2013.

#1. Nature

"squids..take to the air and soar above the Pacific Ocean.Japanese scientists say the neon flying squid shoot a jet of water at high pressure, open their fins and glide at 11.2 meters a second"

Source: Just taking the squids out for the day
Mx Newspaper
Monday February 11th, 2013, page 10. 

#2. Economy 

“In 1999 the Bank of Japan reduced its policy interest rate to 0.15 per cent, thus starting its so – called zero interest rate strategy”

Source: The missing piece in the puzzle of the lost decades
By Ippei Fujiwara, East Asia Forum Quarterly, 
July – September, 2012. Vol 4. No. 3, page 3.

#3. Economy

"According to an R.R. Bowker study, 72% of Japanese consumers said they had not tried e-books and did not want to try them. That compares with 66% of French respondents polled. Overall adoption rates in Japan remain the lowest in the developed world. Only 8% of Japanese readers have downloaded and paid for an e-book compared with 20% in the U.S."

Source: Why Japanese readers don't like e-books
February 11, 2013:
By Michael Fitzpatrick
CNN Money

#4 Technology

"Last year alone, Japanese households bought 1.7 million of the old-style fax machines, which print documents on slick, glossy paper spooled in the back….The Japanese government’s Cabinet Office said that almost 100 percent of business offices and 45 percent of private homes had a fax machine as of 2011…“There is still something in Japanese culture that demands the warm, personal feelings that you get with a handwritten fax,” said Mr. Sugahara, 43."

Source: In High-Tech Japan, the Fax Machines Roll On
Published: February 13, 2013
New York Times

#5 Resources

"Japanese utilities are accepting consignments of uranium under long-term contracts after previously deferring some shipments according to Cameco"

Source: Japan takes up uranium
February 14th, 2013
The Australian Financial Review, page 18

#6. Chocolate

“Japan is the largest market for chocolate in Asia and accounts for a hefty slice of the world's pie, which consultancy KPMG says was worth about $US100 billion ($A97.56 billion) in 2012."

Source: Love reversal: it's all about the man in Japan
February 14, 2013
Myvawny Costelloe
The Age Newspaper

#7. Convenience

"convenience store chain Lawson…home delivery service….of ready-to-cook dishes that can be thrown together for a tasty meal. They call it “Smart Kitchen”..launched Jan 17 … fresh food products, ready meals and daily commodities. Currently, they only allow delivery once per week per customer,…time that is convenient to you. Reservations can made via the comfort of your computer or smart phone. What’s even more attractive is that delivery is completely free for anyone living in Tokyo."

Source: Lawson, Yahoo! launch ready-to-cook meal delivery service
By Andrew Miller, FEB. 14, 2013, Japan Today

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