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Japan: Market Profile

1 Feb 2019

Japan is the world’s third largest economy, and its service sector contributes about 70% of the country’s GDP, with wholesale and retail trade, real estate services, and professional, scientific and t...Read More

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Magic's Last Hurrah Leaves Japanese Fashion Still Elderly-Fixated

16 Jan 2019

While 2018 may have marked the end of the road for IFF-Magic, Japan's style sector continues to wend its singular way, with the affluent elderly still clearly topping the target list of even the count...Read More

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Phone Fun and Virtual Reality Virtually Abandoned at Tokyo Game Show

11 Dec 2018

Consoles and PCs once again ruled at this year's Tokyo Game Show, with Virtual Reality relegated to the realms of future possibility, while users looked to upgrade from phone gaming to the enhanced ex...Read More

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New Focus at Tokyo Film Festival Sees Hollywood Out of the Picture

20 Nov 2018

Signs that Hollywood and the local film industry have fallen out of love were clearly evident at the Tokyo International Film Festival, with the US now romancing China and Japan, and looking to carry ...Read More

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Scandi Style Holds Sway at Economically-Resurgent Tokyo Gift Show

8 Nov 2018

Traditional Japanese goods reimagined with a Nordic twist was one of the noticeable trends at this year's Tokyo International Gift Show, as was the emphasis on aesthetics and the hints of rising deman...Read More

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Changing Rooms Maintains its Focus on Japan's More Outré Outerwear

26 Oct 2018

Although forcibly relocated while preparations are under way for the looming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Rooms' reputation as Tokyo's most avant-garde fashion forum and most ambitious showcase remains w...Read More

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Hong Kong and Japan Look to Link Central Banking Systems by 2021

28 Aug 2018

Talks between Bank of Japan and Hong Kong Monetary Authority set to usher in a new era of financial cooperation....Read More

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Asia Looks to Japan and Europe as Model for Future Elderly Care Needs

7 Aug 2018

With drastically changing demographics set to transform many Asian countries into elderly-centric economies, the Ageing Asia event looked to learn the lessons of those nations that have already succes...Read More

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Trade Regulations of Japan

22 June 2018

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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Connecting the CR Express with “Belt and Road” Logistics Networks

7 June 2018

China is actively promoting expansion of the China-Europe Railway Express (CR Express) network running between the Chinese mainland and Europe, providing express rail freight as an alternative to sea ...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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