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Top 5 Green/Techie Trends for 2017

Started two years ago, I have been writing about future trends for the upcoming years. Last year, I wrote about the top 5 green trends for 2016 so I thought I would repeat the idea this year but I would throw a twist by mixing green with techie as it is what Fullcircle Innovations's newest site: Grendz.com is all about it.

Japan Buys Up US Treasuries

A victim of its own actions, yields on Japanese debt have been pinned near zero ever since the Bank of Japan embarked on its aggressive bond buying program. Europe isn’t much of an option too, as yields turned negative this year on the region’s own quantitative easing.

China Announces 2nd Rate Cut In 4 Months

On Saturday, the People's Bank of China announced that it will cut the benchmark deposit and loan interest rates by 25 basis points starting 1st March. That would put the one-year deposit rate at 2.5 percent and the one-year lending rate at 5.35 percent.

Greece Extends Lifeline

Eurozone finance ministers agreed to extend Greece’s bailout deal for another four months, provided it came up with a list of reforms by this week. Under the deal, Greece will still live under the EU/IMF bailout which Greek Prime Minister Alex Tsipras had pledged to scrap.

Frothy Market for Asahi in International M&As, e-biz news from Japan

If there is one thing that alcohol and toy companies in Japan can be sure of, it's that their domestic sales in Japan will continue to shrink as the population greys and dies out.

What Hotels Really Make on their Investment

To shine a light on just how difficult things really are (or not) for hotel operators, we contacted experts in the hotel sector and asked them to give us some insight into the costs and returns of running a hotel business at the moment.

DeNA and the Economics of (Not) Publishing Trustworthy Content, e-biz news from Japan

With the recent DeNA crowdsourced content scandal, the online publishing sector in Japan is at a crossroads. Online content space is so crowded with ex-paper publishers, the bottom has fallen out of the advertising model.

Inbound Travel Apps That Give Dogs a Bad Name

Some highly downloaded apps are just plain broken. My award for the worst app for inbound travelers is KDDI subsidiary Wire & Wireless' "Travel Japan (TJW) Free WiFi".

Immigrating To Japan And How Others Are Arriving Here, e-biz news

The news releases are coming thick and fast on Abe administration efforts to increase immigration, without actually admitting that this is what they are doing.