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Japan: Market Profile

16 March 2018

The Japanese economy is estimated to grow by 1.8% in real terms in 2017 on the back of healthy global demand, and the growth is projected to slow down to 0.7% in 2018. Inbound tourism has been one of ...Read More

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Exhibitors Spurn Luxury Label at Upbeat Tokyo Interior Design Event

14 Feb 2018

With Japan emerging from its economic hibernation, there was an air of optimism at IFFT / Interior Lifestyle Living Tokyo. Few exhibitors, though, dared embrace the luxury label, lest wary buyers saw ...Read More

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Social Media and Cyber-Security Systems Loom Large at Japan IT Week

17 Jan 2018

An unusually energetic and optimistic Tokyo-hosted trade event, the autumn iteration of Japan IT Week showcased bespoke business social-media networks, ransomwear-proof security protocols and all the ...Read More

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Fashion World Tokyo Offers a Brief Glimpse of Japan's Singular Style

13 Dec 2017

While on the surface, Japan's fashion sense may seem to align with preferences the world over, closer observation reveals that the country's idiosyncratic approach to fashion and grooming is distinct ...Read More

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Today Hong Kong, Tomorrow the World: Exotic Foods Test the Market

1 Dec 2017

This year's HKTDC Food Expo certainly lived up to its reputation as being the indisputable 'test kitchen' for wider Asia, as countless global producers sought feedback as to the likely success of thei...Read More

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Godzilla Celebrations Fail to Mar Monster China-Japan Movie Love-in

22 Nov 2017

Even the presence of Godzilla couldn't spoil the unusually collaborative mood at this year's Tokyo International Film Festival, with Chinese and Japanese filmmakers apparently set to embark on an unpr...Read More

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Dominance of VR Becomes Virtually a Reality at Tokyo Gaming Expo

17 Nov 2017

With Virtual Reality proving a staple of almost every stand at this year's Tokyo Game Show, it seems this immersive technology is on the cusp of market-wide dominance, although an appetite for a retro...Read More

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Restlessness and Fear for the Future Weigh Heavy on Tokyo Gift Show

2 Nov 2017

Held just weeks before the announcements of Japan's snap general election, this year's Tokyo International Gift Show saw exhibitors fear for their future prosperity, while also being largely unwilling...Read More

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Piggybacked Products and Range Diversity Loom Large at Design Tokyo

11 Sept 2017

Launching products that basked in the halo of established items or taking in-demand ranges into new directions were the key trends at this year's event, with companies only too aware of the need to be...Read More

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Asia Tipped to be World's Largest Amusement Park Market by 2020

8 Sept 2017

With Asia-Pacific set to be the most important theme-park market in terms of both value and visitor numbers, speakers at the recent Asian Attractions Expo predicted growing competition between domesti...Read More

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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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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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