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

TT-949 (Tourism Edition) -- Airbnb Meltdown, Losing Sight of What Makes a Company Successful

I wasn't going to write about Airbnb again, but the meltdown of the firm's business here in Japan over the last 2 weeks has been spectacular.

TT-948 -- The Nuclear Issue: Missiles, Meltdowns, and MOX, e-biz News from Japan

For the Japanese, the Trump-Kim summit is a bit of a slap on the face as they are being bypassed by Trump in his eagerness for a North Korea deal. Essentially the White House is relegating Japan's interests to being of minor concern.

TT-947 (Tourism Edition) -- What Comes After Airbnb Listings Fall 90%?

An Airbnb competitor told me that they think Airbnb will lose up to 90% of its listings in Tokyo, and that in a perverse sort of way, it levels the playing field for the other industry players.

TT-946 -- Japan's Tulip - the Akoya Pearl Industry, ebiz news from Japan

Few farming-marine sectors in Japan have seen such extreme boom and bust conditions as the pearl industry. A recent report in the Nikkei says that Japanese pearls are now experiencing a mini-boom.

TT-945 (Tourism Edition) -- Art of Travel in Japan - Screening Out the Ugly

There is a big perception gap between what the Japanese tourism and infrastructure authorities think they should spend their money on and what foreign tourists are actually seeking.

TT-944 -- Feudal Bank Culture Collides with International Laws, e-biz news from Japan

Even in 2018 the capacity for Japanese major corporations and politicians to shock us with their obliviousness towards social trends and changing standards is astounding.

TT-943 (Tourist Edition) -- The Coming Tax Grab on Tourism

There is last week's approval in the Diet of the JPY1,000 Departure Tax on every traveler leaving the country, Japanese or foreign, and the money will likely not be used for tourism at all.

TT-942 -- Dealing with Imposters on the Web, ebiz news from Japan

The theory is that lies are more acceptable when the person telling them (or someone minding that person) ameliorates the situation afterwards by giving additional context to suggest the lie could have happened if the circumstances were different.

TT-941 (Tourism Edition) -- Searching for the Top Luxury Hotels in Setouchi

One of the biggest challenges for the travel agency at Japan Travel is to find places for our luxury clients to stay and memorable things for them to do. It's because of Japan's obsession with with promoting the concept of everyone being middle class.

TT-940 -- Internships - a Legal Try-out for Non-residents

The reality is that there is a worsening shortage of suitable candidates at suitable prices, and so companies are finding it easier to hire from the international marketplace, and use their existing staff to fill the language gaps.

TT-939 (Tourism Edition) -- So, Just Where in Japan Do the Last Cherry Trees Bloom?

Given the fact that nature has the blossoms come when they feel like it, I truly feel sorry for the many thousands of people who arrived in Japan last week, only to find that the prime spots were already done and gone.

TT-938 -- Japanese Recruiting in India Ramps Up, With Side Benefits for the Rest of Us, e-biz news from Japan

One of the hot beds of Japanese learning and thus Japanese corporate recruiting is Pune. The city is the second largest in the state of Maharashtra and is located about 150km to the south-east of Mumbai.

TT-937 (Tourism Edition) -- As East Asia Peaks, Europe is Japan's Next Inbound Travel Frontier

Of the 20+ major European travel agencies that I personally went to visit at ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin), probably 15 of them said they wanted to be in Japan, soon.

TT-936 -- Japan Tobacco Goes Further Down the Rabbit Hole, plus, e-biz news from Japan

Compared to the massive slide in tobacco users in Japan, JT's diversification efforts (not so successful) and aggressive international M&A (much more successful) are both understandable and inevitable.

TT-935 (Tourism Edition) -- Japantravel.bike Up and Running - and the Competitive Landscape

I'm happy to announce that in fact the service is now up and running. If you go to japantravel.bike, you can rent a bike from any DBS bike port in Japan, with nothing more than a credit card.

TT-934 -- Ashinaga: Orphans Have a Benefactor on Their Side, e-biz news from Japan

Every now and again, something different comes along, and in February I was asked to hold a company startup seminar for the Ashinaga organization, which helps kids without parents.