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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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  • Hitachi’s new risk management
    by Pernille Rudlin on 8 September, 2022 at 3:40 pm

    Up until now, Hitachi’s risk management team was mainly centered on the legal department – which I suspect is probably the case in most Japanese companies. Now Hitachi’s President Keiji Kojima has added the finance department to it, wanting the … The […]

  • The inside story on how Mitsubishi Chemical selected a non-Japanese president
    by Pernille Rudlin on 7 September, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    “Many Japanese executives are unable to think critically”, says Hashimoto Takayuki, an external director (ex IBM Japan) and chairman of the nomination committee of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, in a recent interview with Diamond Online. “There is no […]

  • Top 30 Japanese employers in the Netherlands 2022
    by Pernille Rudlin on 18 August, 2022 at 11:13 am

    While there is no doubt that Japanese companies have expanded at a very high rate these past few years in the Netherlands, measuring this in terms of numbers of employees or companies has become increasingly complex. Partly this is due … The post Top 30 […]

Motoko’s Blog – AJPR (Japanese SEO)

  • Using # (Hashtag) for Keyword Research
    by Motoko Hunt on 26 August, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Over the years, how search marketers view and treat keywords have changed. While some are still trying to “game” the keywords, most of us are focusing more to create content that provides benefits to the searchers and site visitors. But, it doesn’t mean […]

  • Understanding Organic Search Data
    by Motoko Hunt on 16 July, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    A lot of things have changed since I wrote an article about how to read the Organic Search Traffic Data for ClickZ/Search Engine Watch back in April 2011. Back then, a free version of the Google Analytics tool was widely used by many website owners, even big […]

  • Collision 2022 – Toronto, Canada
    by Motoko Hunt on 29 June, 2022 at 6:17 pm

    The Collision, which is run by the Web Summit team, is one of the biggest conferences in the high-tech and digital industry in North America. Seasoned professionals, the fortune 500 corporations, and many start-up companies gather to discuss the next big […]

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  • Truss lacking in UK–China relations
    by Tim Summers on 1 October, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Author: Tim Summers, CUHK and Chatham House While the campaign for the UK prime ministership was more about domestic issues than foreign policy, China still made fleeting appearances. Prime Minister Liz Truss had long pushed for a more ‘hawkish’ approach […]

  • Japan’s deflated record on monetary policy
    by Willem Thorbecke on 1 October, 2022 at 12:00 am

    Author: Willem Thorbecke, RIETI Japan has used monetary policy to stoke inflation since Shinzo Abe became prime minister in 2012. But as inflation exceeds 8 per cent in the United States and Europe and 10 per cent in the United Kingdom, Japanese inflation […]

  • Abe’s death reignites religion and state debate
    by Ernils Larsson on 30 September, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Author: Ernils Larsson, Uppsala University The assassination of Japanese former prime minister Shinzo Abe on 8 July 2022 brought to light the role that religious organisations play in Japanese politics. While the Unification Church was not directly involved […]