TT-444 -- Baby Machines, Ebiz news from Japan

The sexual dimension to Japan's crisis of demography has prompted opinions from politicians, economists and anthropologists on how to solve the problem. Terrie takes a critical look at what Japan is doing to deal with the dearth of births. Read Now

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TT-443 -- ASEAN Opportunities, ebiz news from Japan

A look at Japan's financial relations with the economies of Southeast Asia and how this affects the dynamics of regional business. Includes news summaries with the latest on Nova, Japan Post, tuna fishing and the winter weather. Read Now

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TT-442 -- Condo Prices Topping Out? Ebiz news from Japan

Terrie takes a look at the market for condiminiums and discusses the residential real estate market in general. Has it reached its peak? Read Now

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TT-441 -- How rich is rich? Ebiz news from Japan

With Japan's richest holding billions of yen in savings, what is happening to the gap between rich and poor? Terrie compares the wealth divide in Japan with that in the US and breaks down the totem pole of Japanese affluence. Read Now

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TT-440 -- JMEC, ebiz news from Japan

Terrie takes a look at what the government is doing to encourage young enterprises to start businesses in Japan and considers an exciting opportunity for foreign entrepreneurs: Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC). Plus, foreign residents to join the regular foreigner visitors' line at immigration. Read Terrie's Take Now

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TT-439 -- Metropolis changes hands, ebiz news from Japan

Starting life as Tokyo Classifieds when it was launched by Mark and Mary Devlin back in 1994, Metropolis magazine has grown to become Japan's largest periodical both in terms of distribution volume and advertising revenue. Last week Metropolis was acquired by another publishing group. To find out who and why Read Terrie's Take Now

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TT-438 -- Did MBK pay too much for Yayoi? E-biz news from Japan

In the last week of August, a private equity firm that few had heard of, MBK Partners, won an auction to buy the accounting software firm Yayoi from Livedoor Holdings for an estimated JPY71bn (US$617m). Was this figure worth it? What does this say about M&A culture in Japan? Read Terrie's Take Now

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TT-437 -- Tobacco business, ebiz news from Japan

This week focuses on the tobacco industry in Japan. As the local market becomes increasingly difficult how has Japan Tobacco managed to keep its profits up? What lies ahead for smoking policy in Japanese localities? Read Terrie's Take Now

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TT-436 -- Changing attitudes in M&A, ebiz news from Japan

Will the rise in M&A numbers continue? While the subprime mess in the USA appears to be drying up the type of leveraged financing needed for M&As overseas, it is our view that the trend to buy companies here, and especially buying on credit (LBOs) will not only continue but in fact increase. Read Terrie's Take Now

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TT-435 -- Why interest rates will stay low, ebiz news from Japan

As the Bank of Japan announces that it won't be raising interest rates, Terrie considers the past and future of rates in Japan focusing on the variables of US concerns, govenment debt and currency trading. Read Now

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