J@pan Inc Newsletter
The 'JIN' Japan Inc Newsletter
A weekly opinion piece on social, economic and political trends
Issue No. 448 Wednesday January 16, 2008, Tokyo
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J@pan Inc Magazine, Jan/Feb 2008
The first edition of J@pan magazine this year is bursting with
high quality articles on an extensive range of Japan-based
topics and more. You can read the whole magazine online
( www.japaninc.com/mgz_jan-feb_2008_issue) or, follow the links
below to go to the articles that interest you.
HTC & THE RISE OF THE SMARTPHONE
On the cover of the latest issue, our 75th, we have Jennifer
Chang, Representative Director of HTC Japan, the innovative
Taiwan-based Smartphone maker. In collaboration with DoCoMo and
SoftBank HTC is leading the way in Japan for handsets with
Windows operating systems—Windows Mobile. To learn more about
Chang's vision for HTC Japan and the Smartphone market here, read
the article at:
PREDICTIONS & TRENDS
Greg Lane peers into his crystal ball to predict what is in store
for Japan in 2008. He covers, the legal, political and financial
worlds as well as the G8 Summit and the Olympics. Meanwhile,
Michael Kerferl of CScout Japan explores some recent trends
discovered in Japanese convenience stores.
THE ITALIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN JAPAN
J@pan Inc likes to cover the diverse sections of the foreign
business community here in Japan and thus we took the
opportunity to speak to President of the Italian Chamber, Romano
Mazzucco, about Italy-Japan relations, past present and future.
IS YOUR BUSINESS PREPARED FOR A CALAMITY?
Japan is a volatile country. While it may be extremely safe in
terms of violent crime, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis and
typhoons can have a devastating effect on businesses and
communities. Hugh Ashton explores the nature of the threats and
offers some insight into the disaster recovery process for
damaged IT and technology.
And, with the aim of informing our readers more than worrying
them, we also take a look at the political threats to Japanese
stability. Anna Kitanaka considers relations, with China, Taiwan
and North Korea as well as assessing risks posed by domestic
extremism and potential threats to Japan's energy supplies.
INVESTMENT & FINANCE
Since reforms that took place in the 1980s, Vietnam has been
attracting more and more international business interest. How
far has the country come and where is it going? Find out at
Elsewhere, Antonia McLaughlin considers the phenomenon
of Japanese housewives who supplement their allowance by trading
Additionally, Chris Cleary's regular column this edition focuses
on portable pension plans and the danger of rogue advisers
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Glitterball is back!
Tokyo's favorite party makes its triumphant return on
February 14, 2008-Valentine's Day.
An institution for nearly a decade, the Metropolis-hosted
Glitterball was on hiatus this year due to the closing of
Velfarre nightclub, but 2008's version promises to be better
Roppongi hotspot Alife will host over 1,000 V-Day revelers
for a night of eating, drinking, dancing, making friends-and
who knows what else.
Prize drawings, swag bags, and Tokyo's funnest crowd will make
the reborn Glitterball the highlight of the Tokyo social calendar.
CORPORATE SPONSORS WELCOME
HEALTHCARE SPECIAL FEATURE
Have you experienced healthcare in Japan? We interviewed various
foreigners who have, and their stories make interesting, if
slightly perturbing, reading.
For those who live and Japan and wish to know where they can get
treatment or help, we are pleased to offer our healthcare
services directory featuring hospitals, clinics and surgeries
providing a range of healthcare with capability for dealing with
On the financial side, expert stock analyst David Hodgson gives
the lowdown on pharmaceutical and healthcare stocks in his stock
EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATIONS
Changes affected by the London Agreement about patent application
procedures in the EU could lead to major savings for Japanese
companies seeking to protect their intellectual property abroad.
Specialist intellectual property lawyer Nick Reeve from the UK
Thought about buying property in Japan? Thought about looking in
Chiba? Hirokazu Mukai takes a look at some unusual investment
options in and around Tokyo as well as giving practical advice
on buying real estate in Japan.
Tokyo University scholar Adam P Liff takes stock of US-Japan
relations and discusses the changing dynamics of this pivotal and
TOKYO COMMUNITY NEWS
Our new column, in association with Santa Fe Relocation Services,
details selected new arrivals and departures in the expatriate
business community of Tokyo. Find out who's flying in and out:
And as the Tokyo American Club settles into its new temporary
home in Takanawa, club president Dan Thomas tells readers about
the reasons behind the move and the club's plans for
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CULTURE & CONTEXT
Our lifestyle section visits a classic car event and the Tokyo
And, read about a Japanese artist who has reinvented the skull
as a fashion emblem in her latest range of clothes and
For the more contemplative, we also take a look at Japanese
overseas development aid and development in the form of the 'One
Village, One Product'; a homegrown scheme that seeks to empower
rural entrepreneurs in the developing world.
BACK & FORWARD
Ken Worsely provides his regular dose of brief, witty commentary
on Japanese economic news.
Test your wits with our fiendishly difficult prize crossword:
PUBLISHER'S MESSAGE & LETTERS
Finally, view our publisher, Terrie Lloyd's, take on the economy
and business forecast for the year at
And our letters to the editor here
We value our reader input and so if there is something you would
like to comment on, there is a space for you to do so at the end
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