Monday, May 13, 2013

Newsletter May 13th 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, May 13th, 2013.



By

Peter Hanami




#1. Economy



"Japan’s poverty rate is the sixth highest in the OECD, partly due to the widespread use of informal or temporary workers by companies seeking to minimize labor costs."


Source: OECD welcomes Japan revival effort, warns on debt
Asahi Shimbun, April 24, 2013
http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy/business/AJ201304240017





#2. Trade 




"tariffs are currently imposed on 70 percent of Japan’s exports to the EU compared to only 30 percent of EU exports to Japan"



Source: Japan, EU look to trade pact as way to lift up economies
BY MIZUHO AOKI, May 9th, 2013, Japan Times
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/09/world/japan-eu-look-to-trade-pact-as-way-to-lift-up-economies/#.UYtCjqIhqVE







#3 Manufacturing





"Toyota’s global vehicle sales hit 8.87 million units in the year to March…. with sales expected to rise to 9.1 million units this fiscal year"





Source: Toyota's full-year net profit triples to Y962.1 billion
By Kyoko Hasegawa, MAY. 09, 2013, Japan Today
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/toyotas-full-year-net-profit-triples-to-y962-1-billion







#4. Health




"The number of rubella cases reported so far this year has surpassed 5,000, more than twice the number for all of 2012…The health ministry said around 15 percent of men and women in their 20s to 40s are believed to have no immunity due to low vaccination coverage"



Source: Rubella cases in Japan already exceed 5,000 this year
May 9th, 2013, Japan Times
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/09/national/rubella-cases-in-japan-already-exceed-5000-this-year/#.UYtHoqIhqVE





#5. Computers



"On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for its XP operating system which is still installed on one-third of PCs in Japan. After that date, the company will no longer provide corrective updates should any security flaws be discovered, meaning users will be more susceptible to risks such as information theft and leakage."





Source: With no cash for Windows upgrades, local gov't to disconnect some PCs from Net and tape up ethernet ports
MAY. 07, 2013
Japan Today
http://www.japantoday.com/category/technology/view/with-no-cash-for-windows-upgrades-local-govt-to-disconnect-some-pcs-from-net-and-tape-up-ethernet-ports






#6. Newspapers



"Japan’s newspapers have suffered less attrition than their counterparts in other developed countries, with four out the world’s top six newspapers by circulation being Japanese, thanks in large part to an efficient home delivery system."


Source: Huffington Post launches Japanese edition
MAY. 08, 2013
Japan Today
http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/huffington-post-launches-japan-edition





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