Monday, May 27, 2013

Newsletter May 27th 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, May 27th, 2013.



By

Peter Hanami




#1. Food



"Ekiben is the Japanese term for the bento meal boxes sold within train stations and on trains. There are a variety of ekiben in every region across Japan"


Source: Ekiben by Shin Sakurai, Nipponica, 2012, No 6, page 23





#2. History





"GE has a long history with Japan … all the way back to the late 19th century when company co-founder Thomas Edison used a filament from a bamboo grove near Kyoto for his incandescent light bulb"



Source: GE - Build, move, cure and power
By Chris Betros, Japan Today, MAY. 11, 2013
http://www.japantoday.com/category/executive-impact/view/ge-build-move-cure-and-power





#3 Food



"Farm-raised Bluefin tuna from Mexico is gaining credibility and popularity in Japan for sushi and sashimi… Nearly 7,000 tuna were shipped from Mexico to Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market between January and April -- up six-fold from the same period last year… sashimi from Spanish and Japanese tuna sold for 1,280 yen per 100 grams in Tokyo's supermarkets. This year they are selling Mexican tuna sashimi at around 980 yen/100g."



Source: Farm-Raised Tuna From Mexico Increasingly On Japanese Menu
The Nikkei
Saturday, May 11, 2013
http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20130510D1005A10.htm



#4. Housing



"Last week (First week of May) interest rates for housing loans increased by 0.05 percent, the first rise in three months. Interest rates for loans are based on 10-year-bond interest rates…at the moment variable rates range from 0.1 to 1.0 percent, and fixed rates from 1 to 3 percent. "


Source: Anticipation: How high will mortgage interest go?
May 7th, 2013 by Philip Brasor & Masako Tsubuku, Japan Times
http://blog.japantimes.co.jp/yen-for-living/anticipation-how-high-will-mortgage-interest-go/#more-4615




#6. English



"more Japanese are brushing up their English through online classes using smartphones and tablets, drawn by the convenience and low cost compared with conventional lessons in a classroom….The spread of lower-cost e-learning is pushing some brick-and-mortar language schools to cut lesson fees…a survey of big English school chains by Recruit Lifestyle Co., the going monthly rate for a once-a-week, 50-minute class with 4-10 students was around 10,000 yen in 2007, but it now starts at about 4,000 yen."




Source: Ubiquitous English E-Learning On The Rise
The Nikkei
Wednesday May 8th, 2013
http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20130508D08HH303.htm




#7. Finance



"In the week to May 10, Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index surged 6.67%, or 913.5 points, to finish at 14,607.54, the best close in more than five years."



Source: Tokyo market to stay bullish on cheap yen
MAY. 12, 2013
Japan Today
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/asian-markets-up-tokyo-soars-on-weak-yen





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