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

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.

TT-836 (Tourism Edition) -- Government Attitude to Inbound Tourism Changes

The Shoryudo project is a collaborative effort by the nine prefectures of Shizuoka, Aichi, Gifu, Nagano, Mie, Shiga, Fukui, Ishikawa, and Toyama, to develop their rural destinations for foreign tourists.

TT-835 -- BitCoin and Chinese Real Estate Purchases, e-biz news from Japan

The government declared in late December that it considers Bit coin a security like any other and will shortly legislate to regulate the trading of Bit coins by corporates.

TT-834 (Tourism Edition) -- Why There May Be Less Chinese Tourists in 2016

The Nikkei ran a number of articles expressing fear that the current rout in the Chinese stock market could impact Chinese tourism into Japan.

TT-833 -- Predictions for 2016, e-biz news for Japan

Welcome to the first issue of Terrie's Take for 2016. Usually our first Take features predictions about general Japanese business and politics. But we thought we'd focus a bit more on our core expertise, which is tourism.

TT-832 (Tourism Edition) -- Why Niseko is a Model for Other Tourism

An enthusiastic travel article in the Daily Mail could be turned into a marketing lesson for Japanese tourism authorities, showing clearly the hot buttons an experienced opinion-leader presses to engage his audience.

TT-831 -- How to Find a Distributor in Japan, e-biz news from Japan

In this Take, our second-last for the year, we share a collection of observations about how to find distributors for your products even before you commit to setting up a company.

TT-830 (Tourism Edition) -- Japantravel.com Hits 1,000,000 Unique Users Per Month

Last month we had more than 6.9m page views from 1.06m unique users. We also had 9,132 contributors producing stories, photos, and videos for us in 11 different languages.

TT-829 -- Japan-related Aid Corruption in Asia Revisited, e-biz news from Japan

A quick look on Google for the search terms "Japan International Cooperation Agency" (JICA) and "corruption" reveal a broad range of articles from independent journalists around Asia.

TT-828 (Tourism Edition) -- Airbnb moves a step closer to legality

Ever since we ran a story in June 2015 about Airbnb possibly becoming legal, we have had a steady stream of people both in Japan and abroad asking us for more information.

TT-827 -- What Happened to all Those Bubble Era Impressionist Paintings? E-biz news from Japan.

How many impressionist works of art are here in Japan? Several of the largest collections are located in and around Tokyo, while there are lots of single paintings spread out all over the country.

TT-826 (Tourism Edition) -- Shibuya Becomes Asia's Party Central

Last night, October 31, 2015, was Halloween here in Tokyo. By around 20:00 the streets on the west side of Shibuya were completely jammed with people, and the police had 800 officers in the area for crowd control.

TT-825 -- Japan's Agricultural Future is in Fruit, e-biz news from Japan

With the basic agreement of the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) now set, the various heads of the governments involved are busy to pass the local legislative changes needed to make the pact happen.