direction arrows Wasted Opportunity at Sydney World Travel Expo I'm writing this edition of my Tourist Take from Sydney, Australia. Three weeks ago I was approached by Liberta Inc's CEO, Keijiro Sawano, to assist with a regional revitalization initiative called Heartland. Terrie's Take Alishan, the Organic Food Pioneers in Japan The couple Jack Bayles and Fay Chen have been instrumental in helping Japanese discover organic and healthy foods even as the nation forgets its own heritage and takes on a Western diet. Terrie's Take
Tokyo stock exchange How Japan’s Government is Embracing The Age of The Bitcoin When the mysterious figure of Satoshi Nakamoto first devised the Bitcoin and introduced the concept of the cryptocurrency to the world it’s unlikely that he (or she, or they) could have foreseen that in just eight years its value could be over US$11,000 per coin. Bitcoin coins photo Why Is Bitcoin Now So Popular in Japan? There is no doubt that Japan is one of the leading bitcoin nations right now. Indeed, on some days up to 60% of all the trades carried out on the planet originate here. So, what is it that has led to the virtual currency being so accepted here when other countries have been far slower in taking it up? 2010: The Year That Was 2010: A JHRS Review of the Year that Was Learn what issues and challenges Japan-focused HR pros have dealt and managed for 2010 based from the monthly polls that the Japan HR Society (JHRS) conducted this year.

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Gambling Drives Macau’s Economy – But is it Time for Change?

If there is one phrase which describes the financial performance of the autonomous region of Macau, it is punching above its own weight. Thought to be home to just 600,000 people, the area remains in rude health with its economy expanding by 6.1 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017 and growth across the first three-quarters of the year being recorded at 9.3 percent year-on-year in real terms.

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.

The green revolution 2.0

As the world continues to dump down oil barrels prices, searching for new political collaborations and resources alternatives, shutting down nuclear plants (well, Japan still needs to learn from this one) and reinventing itself towards a greener path. We can finally sing along (paraphrasing Phill Collins): "I can feel it coming : green is in the air tonight, oh Lord And I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, Oh Lord "

End of Easy Gains in Japan Inbound Travel Sector?

The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) had more good news to share last week, when they announced that Japan had attracted 28,961,000 foreign travelers in calendar year 2017, up 19.3% on 2016. They spent a record JPY4.416trn (US$40bn).

Five Predictions for 2018, e-Biz News From Japan

How did we do with our 2017 picks? We got one right (Trump and a business pickup in his first year), two wrong (Inbound tourism is still pumping, and Toyota is not doing anything notable in Electric Vehicles yet), and two others still developing.

How JTB Lost Control of Japan's Inbound Hotels Business

For a foreign customer who doesn't know the JTB name, it's a surprise when the Japanese web site suddenly demands a pre-payment and often with severe penalties.

Masters of Japan's Beach Trash Universe - the Bonzi's, e-biz news from Japan

As non-Japanese living here, with the high profile that comes from being different, we can play a pivotal role in helping to make things better. We can even build a business around being civic-minded residents.

The Economics of Beach Trash in Japan

I took a second look at the view and realized he was right, there was trash everywhere, particularly white plastic shopping bags, food and chemicals containers, bottles, and pretty much everything in between.

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