TT-979 -- Toyota - Late to the Party and Making Up for Lost Time, e-biz news from Japan

Toyota announced that one of its subsidiaries had set itself the goal of developing a "supercomputer-on-wheels" self-driving vehicle ready to demonstrate at the Tokyo Olympics one year from now.

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TT-978 (Tourism Edition) -- Japan's Departure Tax - The Perfect Stealth Grab for Half a Billion Dollars

Japan introduced its first new tax in 28 years, which is a traveler departure tax of JPY1,000 per passenger aged two or older and who is not in the armed forces, government, or other exempt category.

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TT-977 -- Transgender Work-arounds in Japan, e-biz news from Japan

The Supreme Court (of Japan) upheld a law that requires transgender people to undergo surgery to remove their biological organs if they want to be recognized by the state as the gender that they identify with.

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TT-976 (Tourism Edition) -- The Type of MICE Tourism Japan Really Doesn't Need

Predatory academic journals and their related (also predatory) international conferences, and how they are mushrooming here in Japan.

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TT-975 (New Year's Edition) -- Terrie's Predictions for 2019

Ghosn fundamentally gets off -- Trump reverberations for Japan -- Consumption tax increase passes, and is non-event -- Immigration policy loosens further -- Resurgence in bankruptcies.

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TT-974 -- Japan's Hidden Corporate Taxes, e-biz news from Japan

In reviewing the tax burden numbers we became curious about how Japan fares in comparison with other countries. In particular, how does Japan shape up not just for corporate tax, but the social taxes that come with employing people?

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TT-973 (Tourism Edition) -- Disaster Area Tours to Fukushima - Crass or Creative?

In 2015 I wrote about disaster tourism and when it might be appropriate. This was a musing prompted by the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, coupled with media coverage of yet another deadly earthquake in Nagano.

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TT-972 -- The Carlos Ghosn Affair - Fall-out for International Business in Japan, e-biz News from Japan

Firstly, we'd like to say that whether Ghosn is guilty of anything at all will come out in due course - it's not our role to decide as the internet jury and judge what he may or may not have done.

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TT-971 (Tourism Edition) -- Pointless Inbound Marketing Campaigns

About two years ago I spied a marketing technology trade show over in the Tokyo International Forum, and decided to check out the latest methods for pushing your stuff.

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TT-970 -- Imploding "One-Man-Shacho" Listed Companies, e-biz News from Japan

A listed Gym operator called Rizap announced that it faces a JPY7bn loss due to bad M&A deals. We started researching this company and found that it checks all the boxes for rampant spending byan out-of-control CEO.

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