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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TT-722 -- Foreign Entrepreneurs Alive and Well. E-biz news from Japan.

Today we want to recognize two foreign entrepreneurs who are classic start-ups in their respective fields and who are using technology to build possible new futures for Japan.

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TT-721 -- LCCs - One Down, Two to Go, e-biz news from Japan

All Nippon Airlines announced a net loss of JPY6.6bn for the first quarter of the year amidst the 787 Dreamliner groundings, rising fuel costs on the weaker yen, and losses booked from its failed joint venture with AirAsia.

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TT-720 -- Lady Luck Smiles on Masayoshi Son, e-biz news from Japan

The acquisition of cell phone operator Sprint Nextel was a triumphant moment for Masayoshi Son, the iconic founder and CEO of Softbank, and elevates his firm into becoming one of the largest telcos in the world.

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TT-719 -- Something Fishy Going on in Fukushima, e-biz news from Japan

Last week researchers caught some Japanese sea bass 100km out at sea and found that they had concentrations of 1,037 Bq/Kg of Cesium-134/137, about 10 times higher than the government safety limit.

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TT-718 -- Strong Job Sectors for Foreigners, ebiz news from Japan

The Japanese government, in its efforts to bring foreigners and foreign companies back to Japan, has recently floated a balloon that it will provide a 3-year fast track for new immigrants to get permanent residency (PR).

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