TT-828 (Tourism Edition) -- Airbnb moves a step closer to legality

Ever since we ran a story in June 2015 about Airbnb possibly becoming legal, we have had a steady stream of people both in Japan and abroad asking us for more information.

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TT-827 -- What Happened to all Those Bubble Era Impressionist Paintings? E-biz news from Japan.

How many impressionist works of art are here in Japan? Several of the largest collections are located in and around Tokyo, while there are lots of single paintings spread out all over the country.

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TT-826 (Tourism Edition) -- Shibuya Becomes Asia's Party Central

Last night, October 31, 2015, was Halloween here in Tokyo. By around 20:00 the streets on the west side of Shibuya were completely jammed with people, and the police had 800 officers in the area for crowd control.

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TT-825 -- Japan's Agricultural Future is in Fruit, e-biz news from Japan

With the basic agreement of the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) now set, the various heads of the governments involved are busy to pass the local legislative changes needed to make the pact happen.

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TT-824 (Tourism Edition) -- Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs Applied to Tourist Types

Earlier this week I traveled to Kochi city to participate in a seminar designed to help Kochi Prefectural tourism-related officials understand what might bring more foreign travelers there.

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TT-832 -- TPP Doubts Linger, ebiz news from Japan

Earlier this week, the trade ministers from 12 pacific rim countries wrapped up their Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Between them they account for about 40% of the world's total GDP.

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TT-822 (Tourism Edition) -- Using Movies as a Tourist Magnet

In this age of the Internet, there is still nothing more powerful in our grab bag of popular culture and entertainment media than movies with inspired plots that can actually move the hearts of audiences.

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TT-821 -- Telecoms Ministry Bares Teeth Over Mobile Costs, e-biz news from Japan

The ministry is going to pressure the Big 3 (NTT DoCoMo, KDDI/AU, and Softbank) to reduce costs and innovate to bring mobile services back in line with consumer incomes.

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TT-820 (Tourism Edition) -- How to Cure Google Withdrawal Symptoms in China

Having been there, I can safely say that as of September 2015, there is NO access allowed by the Great Firewall to Google services like search, Gmail, maps, etc.

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TT-819 -- Laox Rides a Chinese Rollercoaster, e-biz news from Japan

Looking at the Laox stock price over the last 6 weeks, you will see that their shares have moved almost 40% from the top to bottom, then recovered by 20% in just the last 3 trading days.

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