TT-739 -- Nine Events in 2013 That Will Change Us, ebiz news from Japan

This year's summary of key events revolves in around the role of government intervention and the trends that such politically-driven activity will have on our businesses in 2014.

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TT-738 -- Changing Web Business Models for Japan, e-biz news from Japan

It's always interesting to see how foreign business models will do here in Japan, especially those based on the Internet, that have done well overseas by breaking new ground.

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TT-737 -- Defense as a Service (DaaS), ebiz news from Japan

Instead changing the Constitution and the U.N. Security Council an interim solution could be to employ private military companies, working on the behalf of the Japanese government to get "sticky" stuff done.

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TT-736 -- Raw Food Smoothies Change Wellness Sector, e-biz news from Japan

People are going "raw" and moving away from heavy fat and preservative-laden diets. A good measure of just how many people are doing this can be found from the sales of juicers and blenders in the market.

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TT-735 -- Vested Interests and Abenomics, ebiz news from Japan

Rakuten CEO Mikitani is voicing what many other Japanese businesspeople think, that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Abenomics could be doomed by his government's inability to deal with vested interest groups.

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TT-734 -- Japan Times Pay Wall, ebiz news from Japan

Unfortunately, this could be the last time in November that we view the Japan Times website, because we were greeted with a notice that the newspaper now has a pay wall with two rather unhappy requirements.

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TT-733 -- Anatomy of Manga Project on Kickstarter. E-biz news in Japan.

When we researched the Kickstarter site we ran across Jed Henry and his Ukiyo-e Heroes project launched in August 2012, which was 3,013% funded. What was Jed promoting to be so successful?

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TT-732 -- Hydrogen, More Than Just Another Pipe Dream. Ebiz news from Japan

One of the nice things with hydrogen is that it needs massive investment and infrastructure to make it successful, just like the oil economy, so it's better suited to the revenue hopes of Japan's major players.

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TT-731 -- Ehime Kicks Off Cycling Mecca Strategy, ebiz news from Japan

Ehime has a spectacular series of bridges connecting Honshu to Shikoku. A cycling lane allows you to experience the thrill of a major suspension bridge over deep blue waters without having to rush over it in an automobile.

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TT-730 -- Spring, One Way to Get More Immigrants, e-biz news from Japan

We think that METI and others should be looking to Singapore and its government-owned Spring corporation. Singapore appears to have figured out how to bring entrepreneurs to their country and how to provide access to capital.

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