TT-686 -- JapanTourist.jp Turns One and is 800-strong

Sometime later this week, our sister publication, Metropolis will mark a significant milestone: its JapanTourist.jp website will surpass Lonely Planet for the sheer number of articles available about Japan in English.

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TT-685 -- Bureaucrats -- Enough is Enough, ebiz news from Japan

Reading the newspapers over the last few weeks, one could be forgiven for thinking that Japan is suffering a plague of corruption and insider dealing, especially by its bureaucrats.

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TT-684 -- Making Hospitals More Commercially Viable, ebiz news from Japan

The government announced that it was going to help stimulate the medical sector by creating new guidelines to encourage Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) to invest in hospitals.

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TT-683 -- Record Low Bankruptcies -- Calm Before the Storm? Ebiz news from Japan.

Over the last 3 months, the trend of fewer bankruptcies is gathering momentum and under normal circumstances one might might be forgiven for thinking that the economy is recovering.

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TT-682 -- Entrepreneur Awards and Mentoring, ebiz news from Japan

We were surprised and happy to come across a Stanford University paper, which offers some fascinating facts and figures about the make up of the Japanese entrepreneurial community.

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TT-681 -- Bicycles versus Cars in Tokyo, ebiz news from Japan

Tokyo could start limiting the number of vehicles transiting the city -- think of Singapore and its various toll charging and vehicle registration systems, which have kept annual vehicle growth down to just 1.5% a year.

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TT-680 -- Is Sony Turning into a Medical Company? Ebiz news from Japan

Did anybody else notice that just as Sony did their JPY50bn buy-in to Olympus, they quietly sold off their chemicals business to the Development Bank of Japan (DBJ) at the same time?

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TT-679 -- Interesting New Outsourcing Trends, ebiz news from Japan

Changes in this sector shouldn't be surprising: the high yen, the government's pressure on employers to choose between full-time workers or nothing, and the increase of employee social welfare compulsory contributions.

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TT-678 -- Ideas on Structuring a Japan Subsidiary, ebiz news from Japan

With one of our sister companies in the market entry business, we have noticed in the last 3 months a gradual increase in the number of foreign firms investigating setting up an operation in Japan.

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TT-677 -- Comparing Japanese & Swiss Tourism Efforts, ebiz news from Japan

The Swiss have a very similar number of inbound tourists each year and much like Japan, the sources of Switzerland's tourists are nearby countries.

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