direction arrows An Ugly Move by the FTC in the OTA Sector It was rather shocking to read in the news last week that the Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has raided the offices of Booking.com, Expedia, and Rakuten. Terrie's Take The Unlikely Survival of Print - Just Not for Media As technology automates and sweeps over our lives, one sector in particular that has been hard hit and many have predicted will disappear all together is the printing industry - a sector worth about JPY1.36trn in Japan. Terrie's Take
Tokyo stock exchange How Japan’s Government is Embracing The Age of The Bitcoin When the mysterious figure of Satoshi Nakamoto first devised the Bitcoin and introduced the concept of the cryptocurrency to the world it’s unlikely that he (or she, or they) could have foreseen that in just eight years its value could be over US$11,000 per coin. Bitcoin coins photo Why Is Bitcoin Now So Popular in Japan? There is no doubt that Japan is one of the leading bitcoin nations right now. Indeed, on some days up to 60% of all the trades carried out on the planet originate here. So, what is it that has led to the virtual currency being so accepted here when other countries have been far slower in taking it up? Transferring Talent Transferring Talent Japan’s shrinking population is nothing new, and with one in three people set to be over 65 by 2025, it can’t be ignored. Simply put, the difficulty is in keeping the economy moving as the work force shrinks and the number of domestic consumers drops.

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Gambling Drives Macau’s Economy – But is it Time for Change?

If there is one phrase which describes the financial performance of the autonomous region of Macau, it is punching above its own weight. Thought to be home to just 600,000 people, the area remains in rude health with its economy expanding by 6.1 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2017 and growth across the first three-quarters of the year being recorded at 9.3 percent year-on-year in real terms.

Top 5 Green/Techie Trends for 2017

Started two years ago, I have been writing about future trends for the upcoming years. Last year, I wrote about the top 5 green trends for 2016 so I thought I would repeat the idea this year but I would throw a twist by mixing green with techie as it is what Fullcircle Innovations's newest site: Grendz.com is all about it.

The green revolution 2.0

As the world continues to dump down oil barrels prices, searching for new political collaborations and resources alternatives, shutting down nuclear plants (well, Japan still needs to learn from this one) and reinventing itself towards a greener path. We can finally sing along (paraphrasing Phill Collins): "I can feel it coming : green is in the air tonight, oh Lord And I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, Oh Lord "

Creating Tourist Traffic for a Museum in Kasama

It's kind of hard to believe that with the flood of foreigners coming into Japan that there is any part of the country which is untouched by their presence - but yes, there are still some who haven't figured out how to attract outsiders.

More Genetic Changes in Our Food Supply, e-biz News from Japan

Japan took a step closer to allowing genetically edited plants and animals into our food chain. An advisory panel to the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare, decided that gene-edited foods are safe for the public to eat.

The Winners and Losers in the Inbound Travel Boom

Why people travel to Japan's most iconic destinations: They want to get "Disneyland-eseque" experiences. They are drawn by natural beauty and preserved locations. They are drawn by consumerism, mostly in the form of food and shopping.

The Real Cost of the Fukushima Daiichi Melt Down, e-biz News from Japan

The Japan Center for Economic Research, a Tokyo-based think tank related to the Nikkei newspaper, released an update report stating the cost of cleaning up the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has now risen to around JPY81trn.

Vacation Rentals Update for Japan - Maybe Airbnb Should Buy a Ship?

Last week the Nikkei ran an article declaring that Airbnb has clawed "its way back in Japan following the 2018 listings collapse". I took a look at their most recent listings and counted them.