Japanese Customer Newsletter, May 27th, 2013.
Picture: Bento lunch meal
"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
Source: Ekiben by Shin Sakurai, Nipponica, 2012, No 6, page 23
" 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
"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
Saturday, May 11, 2013
"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
Innovative bicycle coffee holder
"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 elearning 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
Wednesday May 8th, 2013