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

TT-Holiday Notice -- But... with a Short Note About Defense Spending This Year

A brief comment about the news that Japan's defense budget is surging to a record.

TT-861 (Tourism Edition) -- Recent Trends in Inbound Tourism, Cycling Tour

Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) numbers released at the end of July showed that foreign inbound travelers for June 2016 were up a surprising 23.9% over June 2015. What is driving the renewed surge in visits?

TT-860 -- How to Deal with a Shortage of Data Scientists, e-biz news from Japan

Japanese major tech firms are starting to use M&A as one way to acquire the necessary expertise. Last year Hitachi Data Systems bought a leading data integration, visualization and analytics company called Pentaho.

TT-859 (Tourism Edition) -- Discovering Niche Opportunities in the Inbound Tourism Sector

Looking after niche markets such as custom and adventure travelers, we are experiencing steadily rising demand. Better still, currently we have very little local competition in either sector.

TT-858 -- Abenomics Part II -- What Really Needs to be Done

The Nikkei is saying that the new package will have four pillars -- infrastructure development, financial support for small businesses, mobilization of underutilized human resources, and disaster prevention measures.

TT-857 (Tourism Edition) -- Cheap Ways to Travel Japan

One of my favorite past times is creating ideas about how to help people travel Japan cheaply and yet reliably. The cheapest way to see Japan is to intern in our annual Japan Travel internship program.

TT-856 -- Why Abenomics Won't Work - It's the System, Stupid

Abe correctly said in 2013 that the economy needed to be turned around with three arrows. The third arrow, which was supposed to be deregulation and reform is in our opinion where he has failed.

TT-855 (Tourism Edition) -- A Respectful Foreign Interpretation of the Tea Ceremony

If you want to capture the essence of Japanese spirit you also need arts with a dash of stoicism, nuanced values, and a direct connection to Buddhist or Shinto philosophy.

TT-854 -- What is Driving NTT DoCoMo's Profit Jump? E-biz news from Japan

Apart from getting smart phone savvy, NTT DoCoMo has also been looking to improve its market influence and thus earnings by getting into the content business.

TT-853 (Tourism Edition) -- Sizing Up the Data SIM Market for Travelers to Japan

Most visitors to Japan wanted to know how to find a free WiFi connection, or are interested in prepaid data only SIM cards to access the Internet.

TT-852 -- API Software Wave About to Hit Japan, ebiz news in Japan

A sector with highAPI usage is travel, where instead of painstakingly developing their own database hotel by hotel, travel agents these days link through an API to Booking.com and/or Expedia.

TT-851 (Tourism Edition) -- Gaiatsu in the form of Airbnb

In looking at a lot of changes going on in and around the inbound tourism sector, it is easy to see how Airbnb has become a "new economy" lightning rod and change agent in Japan.

TT-850 (Tourism Edition) -- Which Country is Biggest Source of Repeat Travelers to Japan?

Who are the most desirable nationalities to target, on the basis of repeaters as a percentage of their country's population, proximity to Japan for travel convenience, and cultural factors.

TT-849 -- Crowdfunding Takes Root in Japan, e-biz news from Japan

In early 2014 the Japanese Financial Instruments and Exchange Act (JFIEA) was amended to allow easier venture-based crowdfunding for investment. Japan now has more than 50 crowdfunding platforms.