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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.