“Japan is famous for its high-tech, derriere-washing, tushie-warming toilets. These are now such a valued part of Japanese culture that Toto, the beloved Japanese brand, has just built a $60 million museum devoted to its renowned product, at its home base in Kita-Kyushu, on the southern-most of Japan's four main islands.
Source: Japan, where the toilet is also a shrine, by Anna Fifiel, December 16, 2015, The Age Newspaper online, Washington Post
“Toshiba Corp said Monday (21st December) it plans to cut 7,800 jobs, mostly in its consumer-electronics business, as it reorganizes in the face of projected record losses for the current fiscal year….
The job cuts will affect about 30% of the consumer-electronics business and represent about 3 percent of Toshiba’s overall employees…. The cuts involve about 6,800 jobs in the consumer electronics, or “lifestyle,” segment and another 1,000 positions from Toshiba’s corporate staff.
Source: Toshiba to cut 6,800 jobs, by Yuri Kageyama, Japan Today, Associated Press. December 22nd, 2015
“a recent survey by the agency suggests that many tourists from overseas who had intended to buy SIM cards after arriving in Japan were apparently unable to do so. The survey found that 28.6 percent of 6,971 travelers had planned to purchase SIM cards, but only 13.2 percent actually did.”
For more information, visit www.jnto.go.jp/mobiletips.
Source: Japan tries to improve tourists’ access to SIM cards, Wi-Fi, by Kazuaki Nagata, December 21st, 2015, Japan Times
“facial recognition technology…...the technology has already been used at concerts of other popular performers such as Momoiro Clover Z and Mr. Children with satisfactory results. Source: J-Cast News”
Source: Facial recognition tech may be used at Arashi concerts, by Kay, RocketNews24, December 2nd, 2015, Japan Today.com
“The finale of the hit Japanese TV series “Shitamachi Rocket” drew the highest rating for a prime time drama this year Sunday night, attracting 22.3% of viewers in the Kanto region, according to Video Research.
The story focuses on Kohei Tsukuda, who dreams of developing a rocket engine at his 200-employee factory, but spends a great deal of time fighting arrogant executives at Imperial Heavy Industries, stingy lenders, and a Japanese business culture that always seems to look down on the little guy.”
Source: ‘Shitamachi Rocket’ Goes Out a Big Winner, by Atsuko Fukase, Wall Street Journal Japan, December 21st 2015
Synopsis of Episode 1
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