Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Newsletter April 9th 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, April 9th, 2013.



By Peter Hanami



#1. Employment




"those who bore the brunt of restructuring were Japan's youth, who were simply not hired by big companies but shunted into casual work. As a result, about 35 per cent of workers are now casual or part time"


Source: Japan's dastardly plan taking from the old and giving to the young
By David Pilling
Friday 22nd March, 2013, page 22
Financial Times - reprinted in The Australian Financial Review




#2. Online Shopping




"Overall, Japanese shoppers were most likely to value on-site rewards with over a quarter (29 per cent) requesting this feature, however, globally, rewards on site accounted for just 11 per cent."



Source: Why we shop online
March 27, 2013
Inside Retail Asia
http://www.insideretail.asia/InsideRetailAsia/IRNews/Why-we-shop-online-7904.aspx



#3 Trade




"In recent years, Vietnam’s garment and textile exports to Japan have grown by 12 percent on average to become the third largest supplier to Japan, just after the US and the EU."



Source: Japanese consumers keen on Vietnamese goods
March 24, 2013
Hanoi Times
http://vietnambreakingnews.com/2013/03/japanese-consumers-keen-on-vietnamese-goods/#.UVJ0oqJnqVE



#4. Health





" Very significantly, a trend for increased prevalence of both MS and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has been observed in Japan compared with other developed countries in recent years. It has been hypothesised that westernisation of the Japanese lifestyle, and in particular of the diet – with more fatty foods and sugar intake – could be driving this phenomenon," .




Source: The war inside, April 2, 2013
Living with inflammatory disease, The Age Newspaper
http://www.theage.com.au/national/education/voice/the-war-inside-20130402-2h47u.html




#5. Photo - Unit Bathroom


Source: JapaneseCustomer.com




#6. Employment




"More than 840,000 new graduates started work across Japan on Monday, the first day of the new fiscal year. ."





Source: More than 840,000 new graduates start work
BUSINESS
APR. 02, 2013
Japan Today
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/more-than-840000-new-graduates-start-work




#7. Travel




"The Hokkaido Expressway Pass is a special product to drivers using a rental car with ETC that allows unlimited use of highways within Hokkaido at one flat rate."



Source: Hokkaido Expressway Pass now on sale
APR. 02, 2013
Japan Today
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/hokkaido-expressway-pass-now-on-sale





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