Japanese Customer Newsletter, April 30th, 2013.
"Executives at Honda say the latest model of their Odyssey minivan is the first vehicle of its kind to offer a built-in… vacuum cleaner."
Source: the small print
April 10, 2013, Young elephants and other mammalia
By: Reg Dunlap | Apr 10, 2013, Metropolis
"Japan was the 11th largest investor in Myanmar, with $270 million in overall investments…..35 Japanese projects under way in Myanmar, the biggest is one to develop the 2,400 hectare (5,900 acre) Thilawa special economic zone south of the capital, Yangon"
Source: Suu Kyi visit highlights Japan's economic push into Myanmar
By ELAINE KURTENBACH
APR. 13, 2013, Japan Today
"Honda Motor Co...announced ...that it will release three 400cc motorcycles with enhanced fuel economy..Equipped with newly developed engines with unique intake and exhaust systems, the bikes can travel 39.7km on a liter of gasoline, up from the 31km for previous models."
Source: Honda Unveils New, Fuel-Efficient 400cc Motorbikes
Saturday, April 13, 2013
#4. Debt Clock
"The city of Yubari, Hokkaido, which declared bankruptcy in March 2007 with debts of ¥35.3 billion, has posted a clock on its website to show the real-time liability balance and amount it has repaid."
Source: Yubari posts ‘debt clock’ ticking off rehab
BY MASAAKI KAMEDA, STAFF WRITER
April 13th, 2013, Japan Times
"In Tokyo's Ota market, the largest wholesale venue in Japan for fruits and vegetables, grapefruit sells for around 3,550 yen a carton, which contains about 40 units, up 29% since last fall. And a carton of around 88 oranges is trading 20% higher at about 3,650 yen."
Source: Imported Fruit Prices Climb 20-60% On Soft Yen, Rising Costs
Saturday, April 13, 2013
"Japan surpassed the United States with the world’s largest combined sales of physical and digital music in 2012, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said Monday.Japan marked $4.3 billion (¥425 billion) in sales of CDs and music downloads…for the first time since 1973"
Source: Japan outranks U.S. in recorded-music sales
April 11th, 2013
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