Robotic nature of customer service in Japan Why NHK Can't Force You to Pay Their Annual Fees It was with some interest that we saw news on Friday that NHK has for the first time lost a law suit over its ability to enforce collection of its viewer fees. Terrie's Take TT-Holiday Notice A brief comment about the news that Japan's defense budget is surging to a record. Terrie's Take
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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.

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.

Recent Trends in Inbound Tourism, Cycling Tour

Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) numbers released at the end of July showed that foreign inbound travelers for June 2016 were up a surprising 23.9% over June 2015. What is driving the renewed surge in visits?

How to Deal with a Shortage of Data Scientists, e-biz news from Japan

Japanese major tech firms are starting to use M&A as one way to acquire the necessary expertise. Last year Hitachi Data Systems bought a leading data integration, visualization and analytics company called Pentaho.

Discovering Niche Opportunities in the Inbound Tourism Sector

Looking after niche markets such as custom and adventure travelers, we are experiencing steadily rising demand. Better still, currently we have very little local competition in either sector.

Abenomics Part II -- What Really Needs to be Done

The Nikkei is saying that the new package will have four pillars -- infrastructure development, financial support for small businesses, mobilization of underutilized human resources, and disaster prevention measures.

Cheap Ways to Travel Japan

One of my favorite past times is creating ideas about how to help people travel Japan cheaply and yet reliably. The cheapest way to see Japan is to intern in our annual Japan Travel internship program.

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