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Jun 18 Leading e-money firms want to be included in Eco-point scheme (Japan Times)
 Three leading providers of electronic money services said they have asked the government to include their e-money cards on its list of goods and services exchangeable under the Eco-point system.
Jun 17 Japan 'zombie' banks repaid most of lost decade's government bailouts, official says (Los Angeles Times)
 Japan recouped much of the public money it pumped into banks during the country's financial crisis last decade, when toxic loans totaled as much as $1 trillion, a top regulator said Wednesday.
Jun 17 Japanese cities rise to the top (BusinessWeek)
 The global recession may be showing some signs of easing, but try telling that to any foreign visitor to Japan. During the worst of the crisis, the Japanese yen soared against the dollar and other currencies. That slammed profits at Japanese exporters such as Toyota, Sony, and Panasonic. It also drove up the cost of living in Tokyo and other big Japanese cities.
Jun 17 Asia favoring Hokkaido milk after China scare (Japan Times)
 Milk produced in Hokkaido is becoming increasingly popular around Asia, with exports to the region hitting an all-time high and more than doubling to 798 tons in fiscal 2008 from the year before.
Jun 17 Japan Inc. must adapt to survive post-crisis global competition (Japan Times)
 In the post-financial crisis world economic landscape, people are increasingly turning to emerging markets as the new engine of global growth. But are Japanese companies ready to compete in the changing environment?
Jun 17 JAL cuts summer international flights (Japan Times)
 Japan Airlines Corp. will reduce flights on eight international routes this summer to deal with the drop in demand stemming from the global economic slump and swine flu pandemic.
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.
By J.S. on Jun 22, 2009



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