Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Newsletter April 23rd 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, April 23rd, 2013.


By

Peter Hanami




#1. Health



"Japanese researchers have discovered that drinking four or more cups of green tea a day reduces the risk of strokes by 20 percent."



Source: the small print
April 3, 2013
Senkaku destroyers and other lumps of rock
By: Reg Dunlap | Apr 3, 2013 | Issue: 993
http://metropolis.co.jp/features/the-small-print/april-3-2013/



#2. Finance



"(new Bank of Japan stimulus plan) The monetary base will rocket from 29 per cent to 56 per cent of gross domestic product by next year. The pace of bond purchases will rise to 7.5 trillion yen ($74.3 billion) a month, almost three times the US Federal Reserve's stimulus as a share of the economy…. The euro has risen 32 per cent against the yen since July, giving Japanese exporters an edge."



Source: All or nothing as Japan gambles the bank
April 6, 2013
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
The AGE newspaper
http://www.theage.com.au/business/all-or-nothing-as-japan-gambles-the-bank-20130405-2hc4m.html#ixzz2PdiMeGr0



#3 Lifestyle



"In Sweden, 47 per cent of households have one occupant; in Norway, it's 40 per cent; in Japan, 30 per cent. In Australia, nearly a quarter of dwellings shelter just one person - about 1.9 million of us live alone."

Source: Table for one
April 6, 2013
Stephanie Wood
The Age Newspaper
http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/table-for-one-20130401-2h22z.html#ixzz2PdpeWBEn



#4. M & A




" (Yamaha Corp, Musical instruments) has set up a special investment framework totaling 30 billion yen for mergers and acquisitions over the next three years."


Source: The Nikkei, Saturday, April 6, 2013
Yamaha Sets Up Y30bn War Chest For M&As
http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20130405D0504A14.htm




#5. Photo







Modern Japanese House





Source: JapaneseCustomer.com



#6. Finance





"The benchmark Nikkei stock index on Friday ended at its highest level since September 2008 after briefly topping the 13,000 mark, buoyed by the Bank of Japan’s bolder-than-anticipated easing steps."



Source: Nikkei briefly tops 13,000, at 4½-year high
April 5th, 2013
Japan Times
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/04/05/business/nikkei-briefly-tops-13000-at-4%C2%BD-year-high/#.UV97DKJ-aVE










#7. Home Improvements





"In 2010, the construction ministry conducted a survey of people who had recently sold homes. ..those who …carried out home improvements …. 73 percent said they received more money than they would have had they not carried out the work. The average “added value” these improvements provided was ¥1.66 million"


Source: When remodeling isn’t quite a home improvement
BY PHILIP BRASOR AND MASAKO TSUBUKU
THE JAPAN TIMES
April 2nd, 2013
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2013/04/02/how-tos/when-remodeling-isnt-quite-a-home-improvement/#.UV99RaJ-aVE



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