Casino Gambling JTB and Other Japanese Travel Agents Getting Killed in Inbound Market Despite the massive contracts and various preferences JTB receives every day, the company barely improved its sales and profit numbers overall in FY2015 and FY2016. Terrie's Take New "Airbnb Law" is Bigger Than Just Cheap Room Shares The Parliament passed legislation that will legalize home-sharing, otherwise known as "Minpaku". Initially the main beneficiary will be Airbnb, who now becomes the first U.S. sharing economy company to make it big in Japan. 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. 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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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.

Airbnb Home Buyer Reports From Higashi Kujo in Kyoto

How to carve out a stake converting Kyoto "slum area" houses into Airbnb stays. This is a great example of how you can help lift the fortunes of an entire neighborhood.

Activities Market Evolution Results in a Lawsuit

An interesting peek into one slice of Japan's travel industry future can be found from a pair of law suits presently going on in the USA between the ex-CEO of Zozi.com, TJ Sassani, and the company's largest shareholder, KLP Enterprises.

Escaping the Education System and Coming Out Normal, ebiz news from Japan

It's not the first time we've heard (or seen first hand) how negative the Japanese high school experience can be, although we'd be the first to acknowledge that many kids have great school experiences.

Tourists and the People of Fukushima Deserve Better

I was introduced to one entity in China and we were discussing the best places to run adventure tours. Mostly the conversation was about remote regions that have very few domestic let alone foreign tourists ...

Tips on How to Recruit Senior Sales People in 2017, e-biz news from Japan

Data from tradingeconomics.com shows that job ads are near their recent peak. Clearly demand outstrips supply and as a result, recruiters, who are also prolific job board listers, are doing a roaring trade.

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