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  • 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 […]

  • Obscure Japanese names for Western sports
    on 30 May, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Particularly in the prewar era, Japan decided that Western sports should have native Japanese names, so this ranking survey from goo Ranking looks at Japanese names for sports that it would be impressive to know. Most of these names have faded into history […]

  • How has the Japanese mobile carrier market changed?
    on 27 May, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    This short survey report from MMD Labo looked at the Spring 2021 mobile service provider situation. The full survey is much more detailed, so if you want a deep dive, please visit their site and purchase the full survey results. Note that ahamo is docomo’s […]

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  • Latest top 30 Japanese companies in UK shows significant divergence
    by Pernille Rudlin on 3 June, 2021 at 1:41 pm

    Our latest Top 30 Japanese companies in the UK shows a 1.7% drop overall in employee numbers from 2019 to 2020*, the first fall we have seen in the seven years we have been tracking the Top 30. As most … The post Latest top 30 Japanese companies in UK shows […]

  • Who are the Biggest Foreign Companies in Japan in 2020?
    by Pernille Rudlin on 28 May, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Toyo Keizai has not, as far as we are aware, issued another ranking of the biggest foreign companies in Japan since the one we blogged about in 2018. So for an update, we are relying on the analysis of … The post Who are the Biggest Foreign Companies in […]

  • Japanese values prevent digital transformation
    by Pernille Rudlin on 27 May, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Kimura Takeshi, a Nikkei IT journalist has a self-styled hard hitting rant in Nikkei Business about Showa values such as omoiyari and how they should be ditched if Japanese IT companies are to compete globally.  I have to admit he … The post Japanese […]

Motoko’s Blog – AJPR (Japanese SEO)

  • 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. […]

  • Don’t be the Next International Cultural Blunder
    by Motoko Hunt on 26 March, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    Back in 2013, I wrote an article for Click Z about some of the global brands’ cultural blunders that costed them in not just the sales, but also the brand image. During the past 7 years since the article, I’ve seen many other global companies made similar […]

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  • Getting real about US–China cooperation
    by Jacob Stokes on 14 June, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Author: Jacob Stokes, CNAS One of the toughest questions in the current frosty era of relations between Washington and Beijing is whether and how to pursue cooperation amid ‘extreme’ geopolitical competition. Despite its importance, the practice of […]

  • Global governance reform needs leadership from the developing world
    by EAF editors on 14 June, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Author: Editorial Board, ANU The G7 is back. A post-Brexit ‘Global Britain’ has ambitions for an international leadership role and has coordinated a call from the Group of Seven advanced economies for reform of global rules. The United States has ceased […]

  • Signs of life for global cooperation out of COVID-19
    by Shiro Armstrong on 13 June, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Author: Shiro Armstrong, ANU The major global economies came together to put aside differences and coordinate policies to avoid the worst economic downturn since the great depression in the 1930s. That was in 2008 in the middle of the global financial crisis, […]