Business News

Japan in the News: August 18-31

Aug. 30, 2018

The latest developments in Japanese news:   Under pressure, Japan's mobile carriers simplify plans Japan's economy recovering but inflation, exports slow: gov't Japan Post stakes survival on community support ventures Aging society reflected in hefty welfare budget request Japan to expand innovation fund to $4bn in AI push International students in Japan fall behind in job ... Read more

Scottish seafood giants eye Japan

Aug. 24, 2018

For the first time, some of the largest firms in Scotland’s seafood sector are attending the Japan International Seafood & Technology Expo, as Scottish firms seek to boost exports. Scottish seafood exports were worth £944 million in 2017, representing growth of 23% year-on-year. Of those, the Japan market was worth £4.6m, marking a 24% increase—from £3 ... Read more

More details required on no UK-EU deal scenario say British and Irish Chambers, UK

Aug. 23, 2018

The UK Government has published a first tranche of technical notices aimed at giving businesses and consumers advice on the implications of a 'no deal' exit from the European Union. UK Gov "How to prepare if the UK leaves the EU with no deal" (published Aug 23, by Department for Exiting the European Union) HERE ____________________________________________________________________________________ Dr Adam ... Read more

Japan in the News: August 10-17

Aug. 18, 2018

The latest developments in Japanese news: Solar power helps Japan sweat out record heat wave Corporate Japan rakes in record quarterly profit Japan falls into red in goods trade in July on costlier oil Japanese utilities buy into vast offshore wind farm in UK Tokyo tops list of most innovate cities thanks to 3D technology, robotics Minimum wages ... Read more

Japan in the News: July 28 - August 3

Aug. 3, 2018

The latest developments in Japanese news:   Japan manufacturing PMI slows to 11-month low  Japan OK with Britain joining the TPP Japan welcomes Britain's willingness to join TPP, pledges support Japan's labor market remains tight in June, jobless rate slightly up Japan's industrial output down 2.1% with weak semiconductor machinery Govt ponders residency for more ... Read more

Japan in the News: July 21 - July 27

July 27, 2018

The latest developments in Japanese news:   Japan's 'sharing economy' estimated at 500 bil. yen Japan's average minimum wage should be raised to 874 yen per hour: panel ¥26 increase in minimum wage urged Separate agency eyed to handle increase in foreign workers Bank of Japan tightening not before October, experts say Japan aims to make all ... Read more

Scotland and Yokohama sign joint action pact

July 27, 2018

The Scottish Government and the City of Yokohama have signed a joint declaration on collaboration, in the areas of culture and tourism, marine and subsea industries, and sports and education, under the principle of “growing together.” Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, penned the deal with Mayor Fumiko Hayashi on 4th July, marking the ... Read more

Japan plans to implement Telework Days Initiative from July 23 to 27

June 25, 2018

  Teleworking has already been recognized as a key part of Japan’s “work style reform” initiative in a bid to ease congestion and promote more effective work conditions.    “In the past, working long hours was considered a virtue, but this thinking will not hold up in the future,” Hiroshi Ohnishi, a planner at the Ministry of Economy, Trade ... Read more

Japan in the News: June 9 - June 15

June 15, 2018

The latest developments in Japanese news:    Japan, Canada vow to promote WTO, TPP against US trade policy  Tokyo govt hopes ‘solar road’ will lead to greener power Japan economy expected to rebound from dip, economists say Ministry mulling tough safety regulation for aircraft makers Japan to provide $50 bil. finance aid for Indo-Pacific infrastructure Labor shortage prods Japan ... Read more

Culture Boosts Business

June 13, 2018

New research shows that Hull’s position as UK City of Culture 2017 resulted in £220mn of investment as well as the establishment of 131 new businesses and 800 jobs in the city in the past calendar year. Moreover, thanks to the boost to Hull’s reputation, financial benefits are expected to be long-term. The findings have strengthened ... Read more