Robotic nature of customer service in Japan DeNA and the Economics of (Not) Publishing Trustworthy Content With the recent DeNA crowdsourced content scandal, the online publishing sector in Japan is at a crossroads. Online content space is so crowded with ex-paper publishers, the bottom has fallen out of the advertising model. Terrie's Take Inbound Travel Apps That Give Dogs a Bad Name Some highly downloaded apps are just plain broken. My award for the worst app for inbound travelers is KDDI subsidiary Wire & Wireless' "Travel Japan (TJW) Free WiFi". 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. HR Due Diligence HR Due Diligence "Trust but verify." In today's economy, this advice from the late US Pres. Ronald Reagan is no where more important than it is now...

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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.

Immigrating To Japan And How Others Are Arriving Here, e-biz news

The news releases are coming thick and fast on Abe administration efforts to increase immigration, without actually admitting that this is what they are doing.

From Robots to Dinosaurs, Japan is On the Way to Becoming Largest "Disneyland"

For foreign tourists coming to Japan for the first time, the experience must be surreal, almost like visiting a Disneyland. You get interesting stories, colorful costumes, safety and orderliness, ...

Womenomics - Moving Beyond the Hot Air, ebiz news from Japan

The World Economic Forum (WEF), based in Davos Switzerland, published its annual global gender gap report. This year Japan's ranking fell from 101st out of 145 countries to 111th out of 144 countries.

Coming Backlash of Intolerance to Tourists

I clearly remember one fall day back in 2014 walking through Shibuya and suddenly realizing just how many more foreign tourists were around.

Fujifilm Looking to Build Body Part Factories, e-biz news from Japan

Fujifilm bought 10% shares in Australian company Cynata, who sublicences its core technology from the University of Wisconsin, USA, which allows it to induce massive amounts of iPS stem cells.

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