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

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.

TT-848 -- Adventure Tourism is One Way to Unlock Regional Economies

One reason I got into the inbound travel business after the 3/11 earthquake was the desire to do something socially meaningful after having experienced how easily a disaster can disrupt our lives.

TT-847 -- Unemployment Disease as a Foreigner in Japan. E-biz news from Japan.

Japan's recessions are not tied to the employment numbers in the same way as they are in the West. Rather, there are deeper systemic problems caused by cultural and demographic problems here.

TT-846 (Tourism Edition) -- How "Food Memories" Bring Travelers to Japan

A Surrey University paper discusses the concept of "food memories" and how past experience with a food significantly affects a tourist's attitude towards trying it again.

TT-845 -- Sharp: How Not to Sell a Company in Japan. E-biz news in Japan.

Mr. Terry Gou, the CEO of Foxconn Technology Group (also known as Honhai) signed a JPY389bn deal to take control of Sharp, one of Japan's bedrock electronics firms.

TT-844 (Tourism Edition) -- Why is Chinese Per-visitor Spending Starting to Fall?

The Nikkei newspaper started running articles about the peaking of the inbound tourism income bubble, pointing out that since the end of 2015 there has been a downwards shift in per-visitor tourist spending.

TT-843 -- How the Failure of Abenomics Leads to the Record Sales of Safes. E-biz news from Japan.

There has been a surge in cash hoardings, with an extra 6.2% ten thousand yen bills going into circulation last year, the highest jump in demand since 2002.

TT-842 (Toursim Edition) -- Why Expedia is Not Doing Well (Yet) in the Japan Inbound Market

The local operation of Expedia is very Japanese. However, like other "Japanified" foreign-firm branches, they have lost their ability to recognize and respond to external trends.

TT-841 -- Mis-allocation of Funds: Zombies and Parasites vs. Start-ups. E-biz news from Japan.

When it comes to small company support, the words "vested interest" and "parasitic behavior" come to mind rather than "nurturing" and "creation".

TT-840 (Tourism Edition) -- New Minpaku Rules Make Most Airbnb Listings Illegal

Would Airbnb's business model be allowed under the new minpaku rules or not? Restrictive provisions of the new rules make it clear that most Airbnb renters will still be breaking the law.

TT-839 -- Trust, Not Lawsuits Will Build Nutraceuticals Market, ebiz news from Japan

Japanese companies are nothing if not secretive about successful B2B products and processes, especially in the emerging field of nutraceuticals.

TT-838 (Tourism Edition) -- Before Arriving, What Do Tourists Most Want to Do in Japan?

According to the Japan Tourism Agency quarterly tourist survey, the number one thing that foreign tourists want to experience before coming to Japan is to try authentic Japanese food.

TT-837 -- Robert Rann, the Entrepreneur Behind Grape Off, e-biz news in Japan

We first came across Rann shortly after he arrived in Japan, when he was helping out a media firm, and a little after that when he was appointed the CEO of an internet recruiting firm called Asia-net.