TT-483 -- It'll Be Raining Money for SMEs, ebiz news from Japan

Once again, it is time for the government's financial stimulus programs. The money is set to be spent on the nation's SMEs, who employ at least 90% of the working population. With JPY9 trillion up for grabs, it's a sure bet that everyone will be trying to get their share. But what will that mean for bad loan diligence? Won't a loan rush help out companies that shouldn't be in business any longer?

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TT-482 -- Methane Hydrate -- the Next Big Fuel Source? Ebiz news from Japan

With fuel still at record-high prices, Japan's innovative and forward thinking agencies are continually looking for new power sources. Although Japan has a distinct lack of natural resources, one gas it does have - Methane Hydrate - could be the answer to a new alternative energy source. But how viable is it really looking to move forward with it's extraction and usage?

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TT-481 -- Ajinomoto and the Trouble With Lysine, ebiz news from Japan

What do you know about Lysine? Well, it's an essential amino acid, is used as poulty and swine feed, and it's at the center of a global patent war between Japanese food manufacturing giant Ajinomoto and China's Global Bio-Chem Technology Group. Why is it looking likely that Ajinomoto will lose? And what will be the effect?

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TT-480 -- Yohan Goes Bankrupt, ebiz news from Japan

Last Thursday, Japan’s largest independent distributor of foreign books and magazines, Yohan Inc., went bankrupt. The company has shutdown completely, firing all of its staff, closing the office, and leaving a reported ¥6.5billion of debt. We take a look at what possibly went wrong and what could’ve been done better.

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TT-479 -- Progress on Electric Car Li-ion Batteries, ebiz news from Japan

Japanese automakers have made some huge strides in the development of Lithium Ion batteries for use in electric cars. If Mitsubishi's i Miev is a hit, demand for such batteries could go through roof and Japanese companies look well placed to overcome supply issues and make good profits on this exciting new industry trend.

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TT-478 -- J@pan Inc Business Awards and Why You Should Support Them, ebiz news from Japan

The J@pan Inc Business Awards aims to recognize the achievements of international businesses working in the Japanese market. Beyond being a third party commendation for businesses and entrepreneurs, Terrie explains why you should get nominating worthy candidates now.

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TT-477 -- Oji Homes Asbestos, ebiz news from Japan

EXCLUSIVE: Japan's largest paper manufacturer, Oji Paper, has a track record of dubious ethical behavior and cover-ups related to its use of toxic materials. Terrie breaks a new scandal concerning the firm's related company, Oji Homes, that has apparently tolerated the existence of asbestos and PCBs in one of its upmarket properties in Tokyo, populated mainly by young families.

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TT-476 -- IPOs an Endangered Species, ebiz news from Japan

The IPO market in Japan appears to be flatlining. Terrie looks at the social and economic reasons behind the downturn, and makes some suggestions as to how to breath some new life into small-medium enterprises in Japan. Read Now

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TT-475 -- The Bonins, ebiz news in Japan

What have a species of lizard, Japan's border disputes and a small chain of islands got in common? Terrie perceives political motives in an NHK natural history documentary.

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TT-474 -- Wine Trends, ebiz news from Japan

With prices rises across the board, has frugality affected higher end markets? Terrie uncorks the wine industry in Japan and discovers that while current economic conditions may put off the less discriminating consumer, wine appreciation is deeply entrenched among the more affluent and urbane sections of Japanese society.

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