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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TT-729 -- Can Abe Get Companies to Increase Salaries? E-biz news from Japan

The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) announced that their officials will be visiting companies and asking them (read, arm-twisting) to increase wages, a part of PM Shinzo Abe's stimulus package.

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TT-728 -- Why is Hate Speech not a Crime? E-biz news from Japan

Lats week groups of up to 200 right-wingers have been gathering in the Korean area, spouting hate slogans enough to incense any right-minded person to want to slap their faces.

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TT-727 -- Earthquake Retrofitting to Save Lives, ebiz news from Japan

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government considers aging buildings and the risk of fire more threatening than parts of Tokyo built on newly reclaimed land (such as Odaiba).

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TT-726 -- From Epsilon to Weathernews, and e-biz news from Japan

The successful launch of Japan's Epsilon rocket and the SPRINT-A satellite aboard this week has a lot of people excited. Does that mean the Epsilon is a breakthrough launch system?

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TT-725 -- The Real Cost of a Tokyo Olympics, e-biz news from Japan

Based on before-and-after cost estimates for Olympic cities since 2002 it appears that none of them came in on budget. Thus we see no reason to think that the Japanese will be any more competent in managing costs.

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TT-724 -- Japan Behind as MOOCs Change Education, e-biz news from Japan

Massive Online Open Courses are all the rage in the USA, and thanks to the Internet, in Kyrgyzstan, Waziristan, and even Setagaya -- with a single course attracting 40,000 or more students.

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TT-723 -- Coffee Wars Heat Up, e-biz news from Japan

Coffee shops are particularly interesting because their role has changed from that of smoky dens for salesmen out of the office and killing time, to that of fashionable internet-connected meeting places.

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