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Mass-market Japan Opts for Sleek, with Quirks Reserved for the Rich

1 Aug 2017

While simplicity, sleekness and a certain stress-reducing quality are musts for mass-market interior design products in Japan, those keen to target the country's affluent consumers should take a more ...Read More

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Combined Magic IFF Event Aims to Create Global Fashion Showcase

22 June 2017

In the first year of its link-up with US-based Magic, Tokyo's International Fashion Fair has been transformed into an outward-looking promotional platform for high-end fashion, but has this been enoug...Read More

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Trade Regulations of Japan

19 May 2017

Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is organised into many bureaus and agencies to formulate and execute a wide range of economic, industry and trade policies, which are aimed at pr...Read More

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Japanese Fashion Sector Unwilling to Establish Direct Supply Chain

16 May 2017

Despite the clear cost benefits, many Japanese apparel importers and distributors are more than happy to leave sourcing and production to third-party intermediaries, according to exhibitors at the rec...Read More

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Compact, Disposable Items and Foodstuffs Top Japan's Gift-giving List

30 March 2017

With space ever at a premium, exhibitors at the recent Tokyo International Gift Show were finding success with space-saving products, Korean style, retro designs, overly cute animal-themed dolls and s...Read More

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Japan: Market Profile

13 March 2017

The Japanese economy expanded by 0.5% in 2016, same as in 2015, and is expected to maintain similar growth of 0.6% in 2017....Read More

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Subtly Japanese Modernist Aesthetic Dominates Tokyo Furniture Show

1 Feb 2017

Although "sleek" and "modernist" were the watchwords at the recent International Furniture Fair Tokyo/Interior Lifestyle Living expo, few ranges met with success if they failed to incorporate a few no...Read More

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Wholly China-proof Designs Prove Holy Grail at Tokyo Fashion World

17 Jan 2017

Exhibitors at autumn event polarised between showing extensive range of largely undifferentiated middle-market footwear and apparel or going for broke with high-end items designed to be virtually uncl...Read More

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Anti-fashion and the Willfully Drab Conquer Japanese Style Show

7 Dec 2016

Bright colours and ostentatious fashions are now being eschewed by many Japanese consumers, according to exhibitors at Rooms, Tokyo's most avant-garde clothing expo, with a nonchalant, rural vibe the ...Read More

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Declining Soft Power Spurs Japan to Re-Galvanise Movie Production

25 Nov 2016

Concerned that its sphere of influence – and domestic audience – is dwindling, the Japanese film industry is actively seeking joint productions and new markets, backed by government incentives and you...Read More

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Silver Market and Traditional Products Hold Sway at Tokyo Gift Show

31 Oct 2016

With older Japanese consumers now having far greater levels of disposable income than many of their younger counterparts, this year's Tokyo International Gift Show was notably skewed towards the needs...Read More

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Mainstream Products Turn Niche to Access the Japanese Market

28 July 2016

A number of exhibitors at this year's Design Tokyo event highlighted the need to rethink many of the accepted marketing strategies when it comes to successfully navigating the idiosyncrasies of this m...Read More

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Changed Consumer Sentiment Sends Interior Lifestyle Tokyo Upmarket

11 July 2016

With Japanese consumers increasingly opting for the sleek, the sophisticated and the uncluttered, this year's Interior Lifestyle Tokyo event saw a distinct change in emphasis as well as a notable upgr...Read More

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Consumers Come to the Fore as Ultimate Style Arbiters at JFW

2 Feb 2016

No longer can a small coterie of buyers dictate seasonal fashion trends, according to exhibitors at the Japan Fashion Week-International Fashion Fair. Instead, empowered consumers are using social med...Read More

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China Dominates Asia Travel Sector as Destination and Tourism Source

27 Jan 2016

More than 408 million tourists now visit Asia-Pacific destinations every year, with China taking the lead as both the preferred destination and the largest source of outbound tourists. Japan, though, ...Read More

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Native Mobile Games Dominate, but Monetisation Proves Elusive

25 Jan 2016

Mobile gaming is decidedly on the up, with a number of console games makers switching their focus to this medium. The challenge, though, according to attendees at the Tokyo Game Show, is making money ...Read More

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Vietnam US Clothing Exports Set for Eventual Zero Tariff Rating as TPP Signing Looms

21 Jan 2016

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is set to be signed on 4 February in New Zealand....Read More

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Japan's Youth Rediscovers its Past at the 2015 Tokyo Gift Show

6 Nov 2015

Retro stylings, classic images of Japan, newly reinvented aroma dispensers and a bewildering variety of smartphone and tablet accessories and covers dominated proceedings at the 80th iteration of the ...Read More

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High-end Goods Return to the Fore at Interior Lifestyle Tokyo 2015

15 July 2015

While still hamstrung by the economic uncertainties that bedevil Japan, there were clear signs of a willingness to spend at this year's Interior Lifestyle Tokyo event, especially given the emergence o...Read More

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Japan Announces Adoption of New Care Labelling Symbols

5 June 2015

According to the News Release published by the Consumer Affairs Agency, Government of Japan on 31 March 2015, the new care labelling standard (JIS L0001-2014) is approved to be implemented and will re...Read More

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