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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.

Nothing Interesting to Show? Create a Festival

In risk averse Japan, the thrill scale is a bit more docile than some other locations, but the most iconic and visually spectacular events are superb. The olden-day Japanese were particularly good at vivid colors, lighting, and shapes.

Japanese Pragmatism in Applying Traffic Laws, ebiz news from Japan

Police cars on traffic duty generally don't bother stopping speeding cars unless they're doing more than 20km per hour above the limit, or are doing something dangerous.

Big Changes Afoot - Minpaku and Airbnb About to Become Legal

In what will probably become dubbed the "Airbnb Law", the cabinet office has said that they will allow private citizens to rent out their spare rooms and properties for up to 180 days a year.

Recent Tax Developments, Including Inheritance Tax Rising to 55%, ebiz news from Japan

For the first time, the National Tax Agency (NTA) will have unfettered access to the overseas financial records of both its citizens and its tax residents.

Japan's Online Travel Agency (OTA) Trends Over the Next 5-10 Years

In the Inbound Travel sector, one of Japan's three distinct travel domains, the trends are being set by foreign companies trying to bring global best practices to Japan.