TT-786 (Tourism Edition) -- Hurdles of Halal

The Japanese government and tourist industry has been wrestling recently with how to look after its growing number of Muslim travelers -- especially for food, cosmetics, and toiletries.

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TT-785 -- Anime-Manga Boom in SE Asia, ebiz news from Japan

The exhibition hall in Singapore where AFA was held was packed to the gills. For a city/state of just 5.4MM it's amazing how they can produce such large crowds of excited fans.

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TT-784 (Tourism Edition) -- Cash and Regional Tourism

In April, for the first time since records were kept in 1996, inbound tourists outspent Japanese ones. That's no small feat, given that there are about 25% more Japanese going abroad versus foreigners coming in.

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TT-783 -- Bane of Our Business Lives -- Documents and Bureaucracy, e-Biz News From Japan

The average Japanese company stores (and pays for) about five times the number of documents that the average U.S. or South Korean company does. However, that is set to change in favor of digitally stored company records.

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TT-782 (Tourism Edition) -- Where Will They All Stay?

Ten thousand people taking part in the Shimanami Kaido Cycling Taikai descending on the small host city of Imbari is a real challenge logistically, and we suspect is the main reason why they shut off applications this year at 6,500 people.

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TT-781 -- 300,000 Pedometers and Yokohama, a Massive Health Experiment. E-biz news from Japan.

One of the easiest ways to reduce medical costs for the elderly, as proven in studies around the world, is to increase the physical fitness of the target population.

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TT-780 (Tourism Edition) -- Only in Japan? Takkyubin tourism.

How to take advantage of takkyubin (parcel delivery companies) on a road cycling tour in Shikoku for having luggage shipped ahead each day.

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TT-779 -- Labor Law Changes to Create New Underclass? E-biz news from Japan.

Japan is undergoing a massive labor sea-change, and is creating two classes of workers -- the privileged and the rest of irregular workers.

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TT-778 (Tourism Edition) -- Opportunities in the Coming Travel Boom

What sectors will be hot in the upcoming travel boom? There are many, and all have to do with servicing the tourists or servicing the folks who service them.

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TT-777 -- Over-staffing as a Cultural Habit. E-biz news from Japan.

Most Japanese senior managers, no matter how entrepreneurial, are educated and conditioned to work in groups, and the idea of working alone in their Country Manager role doesn't feel to them like a "real" company.

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