Japanese Customer Newsletter, August 5th 2013.
Picture: Japanese electronic dictionary
"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
"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
"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
"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
Tokyo suburbs on a sunny day
"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