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Japan Times (Newspaper)

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What Japan Thinks (Market Research Blog)

世論 What Japan Thinks From kimono to keitai; research Japanese facts and figures through translated opinion polls and surveys.

  • How the Japanese use dating apps
    by Ken Y-N on 5 October, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    The Japanese used for dating apps is actually an English loan word, “matching”, so I’ll use that in this survey from Dimsdrive into matching apps and COVID-19. In Q3, there were only five matching apps listed; surely there must be more than that? […]

  • Japan’s biggest worldwide celeb
    by Ken Y-N on 20 September, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    goo Ranking asked people to name who from the world of entertainment was the most active worldwide. I’m not surprised by Ken Watanabe being number one, nor Ryuichi Sakamoto being the top-rated musician, but some of the bands listed seem a bit dubious to me; […]

  • COVID-19 lifestyle and side jobs
    by Ken Y-N on 13 September, 2020 at 4:17 pm

    With people spending more time at home due either to work at home policies or being furloughed, it’s perhaps not surprising that some are looking at side jobs, the subject of this COVID-19-related survey from MacroMill. Side jobs actually used to be banned […]

Rudlin Consulting (Business Culture Blog)

Rudlin Consulting Understanding Japanese business

  • Japan’s new “job type” system explained
    by Pernille Rudlin on 20 October, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Many Japanese companies such as Hitachi and Fujitsu are introducing a “job-type” (job-kei in Japanese) system. The term “job-type” will not be familiar to Europeans, so we will draw on a series in the Nikkei Business  to explain the … The post […]

  • “Japanese companies are weak at the top” – Horiba’s CEO
    by Pernille Rudlin on 19 October, 2020 at 10:23 am

    I was recently asked what Japanese company’s mission statement I most admired and I said Horiba’s “Omoshiro okashiku” which is translated into English as “Joy and Fun” (but the fun also means quirky, or as Horiba says “interesting” which is […]

  • Recommended books on Japan or by Japanese authors
    by Pernille Rudlin on 16 October, 2020 at 11:13 am

    Apart from my books and other books and articles by Japan Intercultural Consulting consultants, I recommend: The classics of foreigners writing about Japan The Chrysanthemum and the Sword – Ruth Benedict, 1946 Empire of Signs – Roland Barthes, 1970 The […]

Motoko’s Blog – AJPR (Japanese SEO)

  • From Mobile First Indexing to Mobile Only Indexing
    by Motoko Hunt on 18 October, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    During the Pubcon (virtual) 2020, Google’s John Muller announced that “Content only visible on desktop will be ignored” starting March 2021. It means that if you have pages or a part of the pages that can only be accessed/visible on the desktop, those […]

  • Constant Morph of Japanese Words
    by Motoko Hunt on 24 September, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    No matter what the language is, it has changed over time and is still changing. You can say that especially with the Japanese language. The speed of change differs depending of the word (or the group of the words). I sometimes find some words become trend or […]

  • Pandemic Impact on Japanese Shoppers
    by Motoko Hunt on 28 July, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people are making more purchases online, which is understandable. The interesting fact is that Japanese shoppers have been purchasing more items online while reducing the browsing times, according to Nielsen Company’s recent […]

East Asia Forum (Politics & Economics)

East Asia Forum Economics, Politics and Public Policy in East Asia and the Pacific

  • WeChat ban a catch-22 for Chinese Australians
    by Haiqing Yu on 21 October, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Author: Haiqing Yu, RMIT University Chinese social media network WeChat is facing global scrutiny and possible bans due to its handling of user data privacy, its censorship and surveillance practices and the widespread misinformation and propaganda campaigns […]

  • The promise of public–private cybersecurity partnerships in the Philippines
    by Mark Manantan on 20 October, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    Author: Mark Manantan, Pacific Forum In 2019, the Philippines’ Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) formally launched the Cybersecurity Management System Project (CSMP). This is the country’s national cyber intelligence platform […]

  • Deepening Japan’s cooperation with Papua New Guinea
    by Shane McLeod on 20 October, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Author: Shane McLeod, Lowy Institute A small but telling glimpse of Japan’s diplomatic approach in Papua New Guinea (PNG) was the soundtrack as world leaders gathered in Port Moresby in 2018 for the APEC leaders’ summit. The ability of the PNG Defence […]