TT-869 (Tourism Edition) -- Dr. McKinsey Diagnoses Japanese Tourism Industry

Problems that McKinsey ignores: entrenched bureaucratic thinking in government organizations JTA and JNTO, and the fact that currently the Japanese Inbound Tourism sector is pretty much controlled by foreign entities.

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TT-868 -- US$5 Lettuces and the Move to Vegetable Factories, e-biz news from Japan

There are no outside-grown perishable (seasonal) vegetables for sale - only those that can be stored or from greenhouses. So what's going on?

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TT-867 (Tourism Edition) -- Real Estate Honeypots in the Countryside

The one thing with all types of visitors is the problem which I call "nexus point real estate", meaning the availability of accommodation in key tourist locations around the country.

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TT-866 -- Diversity as a Strategy in Finding Employees as a Start-up, ebiz news from Japan

One way to cope with start-up recruiting is to become more diverse in your selection pool. Looking at the Japanese labor market we can carve it up into roughly seven segments.

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TT-865 (Tourism Edition) -- Putting Lipstick on Old Airplanes

I'd forgotten how much we take good inflight entertainment for granted these days, and how frustrating and "vacant" the traveling experience used to be. I guess we had books back then... :-)

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TT-864 -- Moving Foreign Exchange Just Got Interesting, e-biz news from Japan

UK-based Transferwise solves a number of problems with PayPal and could possibly become THE money transfer solution for foreigners in Japan over the next couple of years.

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TT-863 (Tourism Edition) -- Dabbling in the Medical Inbound Tourism Sector

The opportunities in the inbound medical tourism market are actually very compelling. We were approached by a B2B2C Systems Integration company that wants to get into the medical tourism market.

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TT-862 -- Why NHK Can't Force You to Pay Their Annual Fees, e-biz news from Japan

It was with some interest that we saw news on Friday that NHK has for the first time lost a law suit over its ability to enforce collection of its viewer fees.

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TT-Holiday Notice -- But... with a Short Note About Defense Spending This Year

A brief comment about the news that Japan's defense budget is surging to a record.

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TT-861 (Tourism Edition) -- Recent Trends in Inbound Tourism, Cycling Tour

Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) numbers released at the end of July showed that foreign inbound travelers for June 2016 were up a surprising 23.9% over June 2015. What is driving the renewed surge in visits?

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