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Jun 16 Bloggers gain perks to pitch tourist spots (Japan Times)
 Regional governments are offering bloggers special tour packages in exchange for getting the word out about their local attractions. Often sponsored by regional tourist associations, the tours tend to be extremely cheap because there is a string attached: that participants post the details of their trips on their blogs.
Jun 15 Honda's Hybrid Insight may miss U.S. sales forecast (Bloomberg)
 Honda Motor Co.'s Insight hybrid may fall 33 percent short of its U.S. sales goal as cheap fuel, the economic slump and competition from Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius undermine demand for the model.
Jun 15 Japan and China fight it out for right to mine lithium under Bond's battlefield (examiner.com)
 The desolate, sun-baked deserts of southwestern Bolivia are poised to become the energy battleground of the 21st century, with China and Japan staking early and aggressive claims in the great lithium land-grab. Japan, observers say, may have won the first round, but, with its mainstream resource ambitions thwarted on the Rio Tinto deal, China could redouble its efforts to gain a foothold in the salt flats of South America and the all-important technology metals.
Jun 15 Big in Japan: a woman who had no truck with business bias (independent.co.uk)
 For 20 years Nikki King has fought the anti-female prejudices in business. Her career is so remarkable that last week the Rochester businesswoman won a lifetime achievement accolade from the First Women Awards, an annual ceremony which celebrates barrier-breaking British women. In the mid-1990s she was in Tokyo as the only female member of a team of business negotiators who were looking to import Japanese Isuzu trucks into Britain.
Jun 15 BlackRock/BGI deal could reshape industry in Japan (asianinvestor.net)
 In Asia Pacific, nowhere are the stakes in BlackRock's $13.5 billion acquisition of Barclays Global Investors bigger than in Japan. BlackRock will be buying a franchise that is the biggest manager of corporate pension money, as well as a significant manager of public fund assets. BGI's business model, however, is generic and already replicated by domestic trust banks, which can be expected to pounce on BGI's clients.
Jun 13 Gov't eyes higher landing fees discount to support air carriers (AP)
 The transport ministry is planning to increase the discount on landing fees paid by airlines at most government-managed airports by 40 percent from the current 30 percent starting in July to assist air carriers hit by the economic slowdown, ministry sources said Friday.
Jun 13 Japanese incentives boost sales of green cars, TVs (BusinessWeek)
 Japanese are snatching up hybrid cars, solar panels and energy-efficient TVs, wooed by government incentives designed to battle a recession while conserving energy. Tax breaks and rebates on green cars have helped two hybrid vehicles, Toyota's Prius and Honda Motor Co.'s Insight, become the best-selling models in Japan in the last two months.
Jun 13 JAL set to extend unpaid leave (Japan Times)
 Japan Airlines Corp., Asia's largest airline by sales, is extending unpaid leave to cabin attendants and other staff until September as the biggest drop in overseas travel since 2003 pushes it to a second straight annual loss.
Jun 13 Companies opt to put flu pandemic precautions on cruise control (Japan Times)
 Companies are heeding the government's call to calmly take precautions against H1N1 swine flu after it was upgraded Thursday to a global pandemic by the World Health Organization.
Jun 13 Honda looks to raise ¥100 billion for loans (Japan Times)
 Honda Motor Co., the nation's second-largest carmaker, may raise about ¥100 billion by selling asset-backed securities or commercial paper to fund car loans as it expects demand to recover later this year.
By J.S. on Jun 18, 2009



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