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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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  • Translation and Localization Impact on SEO
    by Motoko Hunt on 16 December, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Why Translation Tools Don’t Work Well With The Japanese Language In most cases, foreign companies’ websites for the Japanese market are based on their English (or parent) site content. While the text may be in Japanese, the content is not localized for […]

  • What Is Good Content
    by Motoko Hunt on 15 November, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    All SEO knows that having good content is important. According to Google, “Google’s Automated Ranking Systems are designed to present helpful, reliable information that’s primarily created to benefit people, not to gain search engine rankings, in the […]

  • Yahoo! Japan’s Core Web Vitals Project
    by Motoko Hunt on 28 October, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    This may surprise you but Google is Yahoo! Japan’s one of the top traffic generators. For the last 2 years, Yahoo! Japan has been working to improve their websites’ Core Web Vitals scores just like the rest of us. Recently, they shared the latest […]

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  • Laos must address rising inflation in 2023
    by Chanhsy Samavong on 1 February, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Authors: Chanhsy Samavong, Laos Macroeconomic Research Institute, and Buavanh Vilavong, Laos Ministry of Industry and Commerce The Lao economy has been seriously impacted by rising inflation and the deterioration of the national currency, the kip. These […]

  • Pakistan needs to lower its expectations of the United States
    by Arif Rafiq on 31 January, 2023 at 11:00 pm

    Author: Arif Rafiq, Middle East Institute Pakistan and the United States have recently been pursuing a reset of relations. High-level visitors from both countries have expressed intentions to find a basis for a partnership not centred on Pakistan’s […]

  • Australia stabilises its foreign policy but hard choices lie ahead
    by Allan Gyngell on 31 January, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Author: Allan Gyngell, ANU Not for the first time in its history, distant events in Europe had a deep impact on Australia’s prosperity and security in 2022. Russia’s February invasion of Ukraine was the most blatant breach of international law and norms […]