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

TT-984 (Tourism Edition) -- The Winners and Losers in the Inbound Travel Boom

Why people travel to Japan's most iconic destinations: They want to get "Disneyland-eseque" experiences. They are drawn by natural beauty and preserved locations. They are drawn by consumerism, mostly in the form of food and shopping.

TT-983 -- The Real Cost of the Fukushima Daiichi Melt Down, e-biz News from Japan

The Japan Center for Economic Research, a Tokyo-based think tank related to the Nikkei newspaper, released an update report stating the cost of cleaning up the Fukushima Daiichi power plant has now risen to around JPY81trn.

TT-982 (Tourism Edition) -- Vacation Rentals Update for Japan - Maybe Airbnb Should Buy a Ship?

Last week the Nikkei ran an article declaring that Airbnb has clawed "its way back in Japan following the 2018 listings collapse". I took a look at their most recent listings and counted them.

TT-981 -- How to Value Your Start-up Company in Japan, e-biz News from Japan

In Japan where fundings and M&A valuations are usually kept secret, and where smaller companies take longer to gain traction because of cautious partners and suppliers, knowing what you are worth can be tough to discover.

TT-980 (Tourism Edition) -- The Full-stack Travel Company

What does Full Stack" mean? Well it refers to a new generation of software developers who not only handle databases and servers, but also systems engineering and client-facing interfaces (UX).

TT-979 -- Toyota - Late to the Party and Making Up for Lost Time, e-biz news from Japan

Toyota announced that one of its subsidiaries had set itself the goal of developing a "supercomputer-on-wheels" self-driving vehicle ready to demonstrate at the Tokyo Olympics one year from now.

TT-978 (Tourism Edition) -- Japan's Departure Tax - The Perfect, Stealth Grab for Half a Billion Dollars

Japan introduced its first new tax in 28 years, which is a traveler departure tax of JPY1,000 per passenger aged two or older and who is not in the armed forces, government, or other exempt category.

TT-978 (Tourism Edition) -- Japan's Departure Tax - The Perfect Stealth Grab for Half a Billion Dollars

Japan introduced its first new tax in 28 years, which is a traveler departure tax of JPY1,000 per passenger aged two or older and who is not in the armed forces, government, or other exempt category.

TT-977 -- Transgender Work-arounds in Japan, e-biz news from Japan

The Supreme Court (of Japan) upheld a law that requires transgender people to undergo surgery to remove their biological organs if they want to be recognized by the state as the gender that they identify with.

TT-977 -- Transgender Work-arounds in Japan, e-biz news from Japan

The Supreme Court (of Japan) upheld a law that requires transgender people to undergo surgery to remove their biological organs if they want to be recognized by the state as the gender that they identify with.

TT-976 (Tourism Edition) -- The Type of MICE Tourism Japan Really Doesn't Need

Predatory academic journals and their related (also predatory) international conferences, and how they are mushrooming here in Japan.

TT-976 (Tourism Edition) -- The Type of MICE Tourism Japan Really Doesn't Need

Predatory academic journals and their related (also predatory) international conferences, and how they are mushrooming here in Japan.

TT-975 (New Year's Edition) -- Terrie's Predictions for 2019

Ghosn fundamentally gets off -- Trump reverberations for Japan -- Consumption tax increase passes, and is non-event -- Immigration policy loosens further -- Resurgence in bankruptcies.

TT-975 (New Year's Edition) -- Terrie's Predictions for 2019

Ghosn fundamentally gets off -- Trump reverberations for Japan -- Consumption tax increase passes, and is non-event -- Immigration policy loosens further -- Resurgence in bankruptcies.

TT-974 -- Japan's Hidden Corporate Taxes, e-biz news from Japan

In reviewing the tax burden numbers we became curious about how Japan fares in comparison with other countries. In particular, how does Japan shape up not just for corporate tax, but the social taxes that come with employing people?

TT-974 -- Japan's Hidden Corporate Taxes, e-biz news from Japan

In reviewing the tax burden numbers we became curious about how Japan fares in comparison with other countries. In particular, how does Japan shape up not just for corporate tax, but the social taxes that come with employing people?

TT-973 (Tourism Edition) -- Disaster Area Tours to Fukushima - Crass or Creative?

In 2015 I wrote about disaster tourism and when it might be appropriate. This was a musing prompted by the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, coupled with media coverage of yet another deadly earthquake in Nagano.

TT-973 (Tourism Edition) -- Disaster Area Tours to Fukushima - Crass or Creative?

In 2015 I wrote about disaster tourism and when it might be appropriate. This was a musing prompted by the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, coupled with media coverage of yet another deadly earthquake in Nagano.

TT-972 -- The Carlos Ghosn Affair - Fall-out for International Business in Japan, e-biz News from Japan

Firstly, we'd like to say that whether Ghosn is guilty of anything at all will come out in due course - it's not our role to decide as the internet jury and judge what he may or may not have done.

TT-972 -- The Carlos Ghosn Affair - Fall-out for International Business in Japan, e-biz News from Japan

Firstly, we'd like to say that whether Ghosn is guilty of anything at all will come out in due course - it's not our role to decide as the internet jury and judge what he may or may not have done.