direction arrows The Carlos Ghosn Affair - Fall-out for International Business in Japan Firstly, we'd like to say that whether Ghosn is guilty of anything at all will come out in due course - it's not our role to decide as the internet jury and judge what he may or may not have done. Terrie's Take Pointless Inbound Marketing Campaigns About two years ago I spied a marketing technology trade show over in the Tokyo International Forum, and decided to check out the latest methods for pushing your stuff. 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? Unlocking Value in Japanese Real Estate Unlocking Value in Japanese Real Estate “Landed: The guide to buying property in Japan,” is a must-read, not just for those considering buying a property in Japan, but also for individuals who are already homeowners...

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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 "

Imploding "One-Man-Shacho" Listed Companies, e-biz News from Japan

A listed Gym operator called Rizap announced that it faces a JPY7bn loss due to bad M&A deals. We started researching this company and found that it checks all the boxes for rampant spending byan out-of-control CEO.

Is the Japanese Inbound Tourism Boom Coming to an End?

My take is that the levels of growth experienced over the last five years are indeed coming to an end. The market is maturing and our repeat visitors will continue coming and spending more strategically.

Off-shoring for Small Companies in Japan - What's Possible? Ebiz news from Japan

If you are a company owner or manager in Japan, what do you do to deal with the worker shortage? Options: Automate with robots and software, reorganize the business so that you need less workers, dabble in the gig economy.

Ideas for New Startup Businesses Serving Japan's Hotel Industry

Many hotels are not receptive to doing business with foreigners - which is amazing when you consider we're already 5 years into the biggest travel boom Japan has seen in the last 30 years.

The Holy Grail of Fermentation - Koji and Cheese Making, ebiz news from Japan

We love the whole concept of fermenting so much that Japantravel.com is planning to start fermented food tours to artisanal factories (no automation and time worn facilities) around Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka.