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

TT-822 (Tourism Edition) -- Using Movies as a Tourist Magnet

In this age of the Internet, there is still nothing more powerful in our grab bag of popular culture and entertainment media than movies with inspired plots that can actually move the hearts of audiences.

TT-821 -- Telecoms Ministry Bares Teeth Over Mobile Costs, e-biz news from Japan

The ministry is going to pressure the Big 3 (NTT DoCoMo, KDDI/AU, and Softbank) to reduce costs and innovate to bring mobile services back in line with consumer incomes.

TT-820 (Tourism Edition) -- How to Cure Google Withdrawal Symptoms in China

Having been there, I can safely say that as of September 2015, there is NO access allowed by the Great Firewall to Google services like search and Gmail. google.com => This page is not available.

TT-819 -- Laox Rides a Chinese Rollercoaster, e-biz news from Japan

Looking at the Laox stock price over the last 6 weeks, you will see that their shares have moved almost 40% from the top to bottom, then recovered by 20% in just the last 3 trading days.

TT-818 (Tourism Edition) -- Tips for Turning a Town into a Tourist Destination

Towns and cities all over Japan, funded either directly by the Japanese government or indirectly through private investment programs are now wondering how to attract their share of visitors.

TT-817 -- Guest Worker Program About to Start, e-biz news from Japan

It looks like special foreign nanny visas are about to become law, for many thousands of nannies who can be hired by regular Japanese working women.

TT-816 (Tourism Edition) -- Heatstroke and the Tokyo Olympics

Why doesn't the Tokyo Olympics committee follow the same good sense of its predecessors and hold the Olympics in, say, September-October? No one is saying, not in public anyway.

TT-815 -- Does Japan Have Nuclear Weapons? Ebiz news from Japan.

Given that most nuclear power plants do not need plutonium as a fuel (although those using a mix called MOX do), the only conclusion we could come to was that Japan is on the threshold of having nuclear weapons.

TT-814 (Tourism Edition) -- Will the Inbound Tourism Boom Continue?

For the first time in 44 years, in the first half of 2015 there were more inbound tourists than Japanese going overseas. The forecast for inbound tourists for 2015 is now around 18m.

TT-813 -- Building Dreams Out of a Baklava Bakery, e-biz news from Japan

Hasel Foods is the only company in Japan making freshly-cooked Baklava. It is all hand-made and requires years of study and practice to make well.

TT-812 (Tourism Edition) -- Japan About to Overtake Korea as an Inbound Tourist Destination?

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) outbreak in South Korea has knocked the stuffing out of the tourism industry there. Apparently the number of Chinese tourists fell by 54% in June.

TT-811 -- Are the Chinese Buying Up Japan? E-biz news from Japan.

Sales of residential property to Chinese and Taiwanese are up 70% in the first quarter of 2015, according to leading Taiwan listed realtor, Sinyi Realty.

TT-810 (Tourism Edition) -- Airbnb To Become Legal in Japan After All?

The gist of a meanwhile deleted article on Yahoo Japan News was that it was highly likely that short-term hosting of private rooms to travelers would become legal, under the framework of the Special Zones law.

TT-809 -- Big Shakeup in the Loyalty Points Sector. E-biz news from Japan

This last week, Itochu entered into an exclusive license with California-based Ifeelgoods, the USA's leading online digital rewards company, to start offering digital content to recipients here in Japan.