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  • The most successful anime adaptations
    on 13 June, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    This ranking survey from goo Ranking asked what is the most successful anime adaptations of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine’s manga. My anime series watching is very limited, but I recently got a free year of Amazon Prime, and it’s got Demon Slayer (Kimetsu […]

  • Making bookings on smartphones
    on 7 June, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    This straightforward survey from MMD Labo looked at internet reservations by smartphone. Looking at the options, I’m surprised that “travel” or “flights” do not appear on the list. Given that “other” is less than 2%, they must have been […]

  • Majority want vaccination, many others want side-effect reassurance
    on 5 June, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Note: this survey was conducted in February, before vaccination had started in earnest. This survey from Leading Tech looked at COVID-19 vaccine awareness. Note also that an overused trope about Japan is its vaccine reluctance with respect to COVID-19 in […]

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  • The opportunity for Japan to help Europe with its housing shortage
    by Pernille Rudlin on 23 September, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    One of the few new Japanese companies to join the Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry in the UK in 2020 was Sekisui House. Daiwa House also announced at the end of 2020 that they were going to acquire … The post The opportunity for Japan to help […]

  • Top 30 Japanese companies in Poland – manufacturing but little R&D
    by Pernille Rudlin on 17 September, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    Poland and other Eastern European nations are a forgotten economic success story, according to Ruchir Sharma of Morgan Stanley Investment Management in a recent Financial Times opinion piece. The Czech and Slovak Republics, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and […]

  • Top 30 Japanese employers in Italy 2021
    by Pernille Rudlin on 13 July, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    We’ve just compiled our first ever Top 30 for Japanese employers in Italy (see below for download). We’ve thought for a while that Tōyō Keizai underreported the number of employees in Italy, and that it probably ranked fourth after the … The post Top […]

Motoko’s Blog – AJPR (Japanese SEO)

  • The Links You Want To Build
    by Motoko Hunt on 24 June, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    The great content generates links without having to reach out to the website owners. Despite the popularity of the link-building outreach practice, the truth is that it’s not an effective method to build quality links. The success rate is so low, I don’t […]

  • Does Your Site Perform Well With Baidu Search Engine?
    by Motoko Hunt on 28 May, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    It is an undeniable fact that Google has the largest search market footprint in the world. There are unlimited resources and information about search engine optimization for Google. As such, I understand how important it is for website owners to make […]

  • 3 Easy Quality Link Building Strategies That Cost You Nothing
    by Motoko Hunt on 23 April, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    The link building is an important part of SEO strategy for most of the popular search engines. Back when Yahoo Japan used its own search engine for the organic search results, the massive link building was perceived to be the key to the SEO success by many. […]

East Asia Forum (Politics & Economics)

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  • China won’t open up after lockdown anytime soon
    by Nicholas Thomas on 26 September, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Author: Nicholas Thomas, CityU What is normal in a post-pandemic world? How can the idea of a return to a normal state of affairs be articulated and realised by a state? The answers to these questions depends what country you are talking about. At present […]

  • China’s reluctant Taliban embrace
    by Pravda Parakkal on 25 September, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Author: Pravda Parakkal On 18 July, Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada said the group seeks strong diplomatic, economic and political relations with all countries including the United States. The Taliban soon revealed it had opened several channels of […]

  • COVID-19 and Japan’s long-awaited digital transformation
    by Jun Mukoyama on 25 September, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Author: Jun Mukoyama, Asia Pacific Initiative A newly established digital agency was unveiled in Japan on 1 September 2021. The agency, located in an Akasaka skyscraper, is unprecedented in every way. Under the direct supervision of the prime minister, with […]