Saturday, April 25, 2015

Japanese Mitsui's Australian investment in Australia over past 10 years valued at $14 billion

Australian street sign Copyright Peter Hanami 2010

 Picture: Australian street sign

"Mitsui's investments in Australia have totalled $14 billion in the past decade, with joint ventures in the resources field along with companies including BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Santos, Wesfarmers and Woodside"

Source: China yet to sate its appetite for steel says Mitsui local boss
By Rowan Callick
The Australian
Friday 24th, April, 2015 page 19

Friday, April 24, 2015

American Express stopped selling travellers cheques in Japan from March 31st, 2014


Japanese suitcase Copyright Peter Hanami 2010

 Photo: Japanese suitcase

According to American Express website, American Express stopped selling travellers cheques in Japan from Monday 31st 2014.

 "アメリカン・エキスプレス・トラベラーズ・チェックの日本国内での販売は2014年3月31日(月)をもちまして終了させていただきました。国内での販売 は終了いたしますが、2014年4 月以降も従来通り、世界中でご利用いただけます。また、国内でも引き続き換金いただけますのでご安心ください。"

 Translation of original Japanese message

"Sales in Japan of American Express traveler's checks ended on March 31, 2014 (Monday). Sales in Japan will be the end, but, as usual even after April 2014, available all over the world. Also, please do not worry  because you can still cash cheques in the country."

Travellers cheques use to be available at Japan Post outlets and could also be ordered online and delivered to your home.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

News From 2008: International education competition heats up in Japan as Tokyo University launches graduate English program

Tokyo skyscraper Copyright Peter Hanami 2007

Picture: Tokyo skyscraper 

"University of Tokyo will start a graduate program in English in October to attract more students from overseas and compete against U.S. schools, the Asahi newspaper said."

By Tak Kumakura, Jan. 21, 2008

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