curve A Respectful Foreign Interpretation of the Tea Ceremony If you want to capture the essence of Japanese spirit you also need arts with a dash of stoicism, nuanced values, and a direct connection to Buddhist or Shinto philosophy. Terrie's Take What is Driving NTT DoCoMo's Profit Jump? Apart from getting smart phone savvy, NTT DoCoMo has also been looking to improve its market influence and thus earnings by getting into the content business. Terrie's Take
Hands The green revolution 2.0 As the world continues to dump down oil barrels prices, searching for new political collaborations and resource alternatives, shutting down nuclear plants and reinventing itself towards a greener path ... The view from the Osaka Sky Observatory at night How to get free Wi-Fi in Osaka The best way to get free Wi-Fi in Osaka is to stay in a Wi-Fi enabled hostel or hotel. Surprisingly, you are more likely to get free Wi-Fi at the cheaper accommodation providers, like Hana Hostel or J Hoppers. Transferring Talent Transferring Talent Japan’s shrinking population is nothing new, and with one in three people set to be over 65 by 2025, it can’t be ignored. Simply put, the difficulty is in keeping the economy moving as the work force shrinks and the number of domestic consumers drops.

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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.

Crunch Time For Greece

This week, euro-area finance ministers prepare to reconvene in Brussels to try and break an impasse over financing Europe’s most indebted state, Greece.

Sizing Up the Data SIM Market for Travelers to Japan

Most visitors to Japan wanted to know how to find a free WiFi connection, or are interested in prepaid data only SIM cards to access the Internet.

API Software Wave About to Hit Japan, ebiz news in Japan

A sector with highAPI usage is travel, where instead of painstakingly developing their own database hotel by hotel, travel agents these days link through an API to Booking.com and/or Expedia.

Gaiatsu in the form of Airbnb

In looking at a lot of changes going on in and around the inbound tourism sector, it is easy to see how Airbnb has become a "new economy" lightning rod and change agent in Japan.

Which Country is the Biggest Source of Repeat Travelers to Japan?

Who are the most desirable nationalities to target, on the basis of repeaters as a percentage of their country's population, proximity to Japan for travel convenience, and cultural factors.

Crowdfunding Takes Root in Japan, e-biz news from Japan

In early 2014 the Japanese Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (JFIEA) was amended to allow easier venture-based crowdfunding for investment. Japan now has more than 50 crowdfunding platforms.

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