Terrie's Take -- A weekly roundup of news & information from Terrie Lloyd.

TT-765 -- Creative Invention is Alive and Well, e-biz news from Japan

It's companies which understand innovation and the international markets -- although it's somewhat ironic that the world leader for patent applications was turn-around challenged Panasonic corporation.

TT-764 -- Crowdsourcing Just Getting Started in Japan, e-biz news from Japan

Last week we had the good fortune to be invited to participate in an expert panel for crowdsourcing alongside two major players in the crowdsourcing industry in Japan.

TT-763 -- Trade Shows Best Way to Get Connections, ebiz news from Japan

Through our sister company Japan Inc Holdings we have been involved in market entry for foreign firms since the 1990's, and one of the most common questions we are asked is how to find partners, resellers and clients.

TT-762 -- The Race to Free WiFi, e-biz news from Japan

Although there is a massive wifi grid throughout Japan (more than 600,000 access points), the ability for international visitors to access it easily is limited.

TT-761 -- What's Wrong with the LDP's New "Japan Revival Vision" Manifesto? Ebiz news from Japan.

If you read the media, you would think that Japan is turning the corner. But when you talk to other business people in the street about business here and now, the story is not so bright.

TT-760 -- Crowdfunding Kids Through Foreign College, ebiz news from Japan.

A professor suggested that student loans be structured in a crowdfunding approach, where investors "buy" a share of the students earnings for a specific time at a defined and mutually agreed rate of revenue share.

TT-759 -- Is it Safe to Eat Fukushima Veges Again? E-biz news from Japan.

Last week, significantly, the Singapore government announced that with a few exceptions, the restrictions on food being imported from Japan are being lifted.

TT-758 -- Master Plans to Move Japan into Soft Engineering. E-biz news from Japan.

The Japanese government is now plotting a future course based on software/content and soft (tissue) engineering. If really happening, it will create all kinds of opportunities for start-ups both local and inbound.

TT-757 -- Another Direction for Airbnb Style Accommodation. E-biz news from Japan

According to a NHK report, the police collared a renter after he ignored multiple requests to stop sub-letting the premises. Apparently his Adachi Ward neighbors complained of "strange people" staying at the building.

TT-756 -- Japan Getting Easier for Foreign Entrepreneurs. E-biz news from Japan.

Of all the first world countries, we believe that Japan has one of the easiest immigration regimes for foreign entrepreneurs who want to be resident in the country.

TT-755 -- Silent 3rd Arrow to Target SMEs? Ebiz news from Japan.

Here we are in mid-May and the yen is still sitting at the 101/102=US$1 mark and there is little to no news on those Abenomics third arrow reforms.

TT-754 -- Airbnb Legality in Japan, e-biz news from Japan

A battle is brewing in the USA between crowdsourced accommodation provider Airbnb and the state of New York, which is challenging Airbnb's very business model allowing unlicenced individuals to rent out their homes for short periods.

TT-753 -- How to Cycle Japan with an 8-year Old, e-biz news from Japan

We were introduced to a great Japan cycling story, American Charles Scott, who not only decided to ride the length of Japan by bike, but, and this is the really adventurous part, he did it with his 8-year old son, Sho.

TT-752 -- Bad Loans Propaganda, e-biz news from Japan

The Nikkei carried a feel-good article about Japan's top three banks had cut their Non-performing Loans (NPLs) to small and mid-size companies -- however, government propaganda has its own language and smell.

TT-751 -- Invest Tokyo Looking Under the Wrong Rock? E-biz news from Japan.

About the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's attempt to restore the population of foreign firms lost to the Lehman Shock and subsequently the 3/11 earthquake.