Casino Gambling Airbnb To Become Legal in Japan After All? The gist of a meanwhile deleted article on Yahoo Japan News was that it was highly likely that short-term hosting of private rooms to travelers would become legal, under the framework of the Special Zones law. Terrie's Take Big Shakeup in the Loyalty Points Sector This last week, Itochu entered into an exclusive license with California-based Ifeelgoods, the USA's leading online digital rewards company, to start offering digital content to recipients here in Japan. Terrie's Take
Wolfgang Schäuble and Yanis Varoufakis 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. 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. Gold and the Punchbowl Gold and the Punchbowl I have used the metaphor of Japan as a bumblebee before and while I believe that the story on Japanese savings may just be a little more complicated than many believe...

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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.

Strong Signal of US Rate Hike?

U.S. non-farm payrolls increased by 257,000 in January, capping a total gain of 1 million workers since November, the strongest three-month increase in 17 years.

Narita Terminal 3 - Possibly the Worst New Airport in Asia

It almost seems like there is a group controlling the Narita Airport governing body that has gone to significant lengths to build an abomination called Terminal 3, as a means of undermining the LCCs.

Natto and Healthy Aging, e-biz news from Japan

Today we want to cover another superfood -- natto. WebMD says that a number of the active ingredients in Natto, including Nattokinase and Vitamin K2, help to control cardiovascular diseases.

Opening Minds with Travel Internships

Over the last three years we have been bringing mostly young people in their 20's to Japan for 4-6 weeks, and assigning them to write stories on their experiences all over the country.

SIM Madness of the Phone Variety, e-biz news from Japan

One of the most frustrating things for tourists coming to Japan is how to get their cell phone working. A new law restricts members of the public from buying pre-paid phones without proper person identification.

When Disaster Tourism May Be Acceptable

Since Japan is never going to be free of danger from natural disasters, how can we get tourists to embrace the opportunity to "experience" nature, rather than be scared by it?