Since Japan is never going to be free of danger from natural disasters, how can we get tourists to embrace the opportunity to "experience" nature, rather than be scared by it?
Media rumors are flying that Japan is again going to ratchet up its presence significantly on the Miyako and Ishigaki islands by sending 600 troops, anti-ship missiles, and other military hardware.
Most of this good news is happening because of the increase in foreign tourists and the accompanying surge in infrastructure improvements that local investors are making to support those extra tourists.
On April 7, 2015, Japan lost a one of its most influential small-cap private equity and venture capital champions, Kazunori Ozaki, who until recently was the Chairman and CEO of Ant Capital.
Last week Japan Travel launched Japan's first open tours marketplace for inbound travelers featuring tours getting people out of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and explore Japan in greater depth.
A Goldman Sachs research report noted that Japanese major listed companies in particular are sitting on record amounts of cash and need to do something with it.
Will Shanghai Disneyland siphon off Chinese and overseas visitors to Japan, and what other overseas facilities or events could derail Japan's ascendency as a tourist destination for the throngs in Asia?
Not just hotel funds, foreign individuals are also driving up real estate prices. They are typically starting in the big cities, but we predict it won't be long before the excitement moves out to the rural areas as well.
Overseas tourist tragedies (Egypt and Tunisia) remind us just how lucky we are with public safety in Japan, and how Japan should be selling itself as a safe destination for international tourists wanting somewhere exotic to go.
A new government initiative operated from the Japan External Trade Organization in cooperation with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has been launched to help make it easier for foreigners to start a company in Japan.
Since JAL emerged from bankruptcy in 2010, the company has been on a combination of cost-cutting and strategic route planning. Everything was relatively new, staff were courteous and imbued with "omotenashi".
We remember the days when a 30% currency change over 2 years was considered dramatic, and yet here we are at more than 50% and mostly we sit back and complain about how things are getting more expensive.
Already Japan is becoming one of the premier holiday destinations for wealthy people in Asia, we think it won't be too long before we start seeing the same phenomenon here that Florida has with Canadians.
Budget airline company Skymark went into bankruptcy, marking the end of a painful 3-year process of spiraling losses (especially in the last year) due to a declining market share and expanding costs.
With the rise of Online Travel Agents (OTAs) suddenly foreigners are being directed to places and activities in Japan that are being decided and arranged by marketers and tour planners based abroad.