Wither the Japanese?

For nearly a decade the population of Japan has been shrinking. In the last year it declined 0.18%, by about 230,000 people, not a dramatic drop for a country of 126 million people (1.). For instance, if the population decline continues at this pace (or accelerates, as is predicted) in less than four years the […]

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Buying online – and On-the-go!

In a recent economic white paper, the Japanese Ministry of Industry and Trade noted that the country’s retail e-commerce market grew 5.4% in 2016 (to 15.1 trillion yen) with 2.5 trillion of this business being done over mobile phones.  A breakdown of this market shows that retail goods (as opposed to services, or digital products) […]

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Message from the President

If there is one thing we can say about today’s global markets, it is that change is occurring with unprecedented speed.  News via the internet travels from one side of the world to the opposite in seconds, igniting new trends and affecting millions of consumers in just days, sometimes just minutes.  What this means for the business owner […]

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