Monday, August 05, 2013

Newsletter August 5th 2013

Japanese Customer Newsletter, August 5th 2013.




By

Peter Hanami





#1. Discount Airlines



"The Japanese aviation industry has long been notorious for sky-high landing fees and fuel taxes, in a market that was controlled for decades by JAL and ANA, the country’s two dominant carriers. Japanese travelers have become used to paying high fares"


Source: Japan's budget airlines hit turbulence
By Hiroshi Hiyama, JUN. 24, 2013, Japan Today
http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/japans-budget-airlines-hit-turbulence




#2. Labour Costs




"Over the decade, unit labour costs rose 37 per cent in Australia, compared with 29 per cent in Canada, 21 per cent in the US and Korea, 6 per cent in Germany and minus 16 per cent in Japan."



Source: Labour cost growth hits business hard, June 24, 2013
Tim Colebatch, The AGE
http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/labour-cost-growth-hits-business-hard-20130623-2oqry.html#ixzz2X7GT1w8s





#3 Music



"AKB48 regularly sells over a million copies on the first day of a CD release, and their songs are a staple on Japan’s single charts together with music from squeaky clean boy band groups that emerge from Johnny’s Entertainment."


Source: As CDs Spin On in Japan, Tower Records Rocks On, By Yuko Takeo, Wall Street Journal Japan, Japan Real Time, June 24th 2013
http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2013/06/24/as-cds-spin-on-in-japan-tower-records-rocks-on/





#4. Consumer affairs



"sources of concern involving elderly consumers, telemarketing sales stood out. Complaints about such sales practices made up 19.5 percent of the total in 2012, up sharply from the 6.2 percent recorded in 2005."


Source: Consumer problems involving senior citizens increasing sharply since 2007, June 23rd 2013, Japan Times
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/06/23/national/consumer-problems-involving-senior-citizens-increasing-sharply-since-2007/#.Ucf_ITtXDbQ






#6. English Education



"Many Japanese university students do quite poorly in both TOEFL and the GRE, perhaps because the English language is taught in Japan primarily to pass university entrance examinations…. The average TOEFL scores of students from 30 Asian countries show that Japan ranked 27th, with only Laos, Tajikistan and Cambodia trailing behind".



Source: Top students shunning Japan, BY TAKAMITSU SAWA
Japan Times, June 24th 2013
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/06/24/commentary/top-students-shunning-japan/#at_pco=cfd-1.0







#7. Studying abroad



"A survey conducted in March 2012 by Disco, a Tokyo-based recruitment company, determined that less than one in four firms planned to hire Japanese applicants who had studied abroad. Even among major, blue-chip companies, less than 40 percent said they would employ Japanese who had attended a foreign university. "


Source: Tangent: Julian Ryall on how Japanese employees educated abroad are denied opportunities by Japanese companies,
Posted by debito , June 8th, 2013
http://www.debito.org/?p=11532



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