Category: Japan

Horie convicted

Former Livedoor President and entrepreneur, Takafumi Horie was convicted and sentenced to two and a half years jail today. I have been writing a blog on his trial and pretty surprised with the decision. I had it in my mind that...

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First .mobi advertisement seen

While travelling on Tokyo’s circular loop train, the ‘Yamanote Line’ I saw an advertisement which featured a .mobi URL. It was interesting because I didn’t think that Japanese companies would use the...

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Cleaning up

I have just one more day here in Japan. It has been an extremely busy couple of of weeks. I can’t wait to get my place cleaned up, of course though it is going to be very sad leaving. I have done very little on my sites....

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Japanese Viral Video

I just couldn’t help not posting this. Japanese businesses are just starting to discover how they can use “viral videos” to promote their products. This is a pretty good example:...

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Tsunami to hit Japan

I just turned on the news and it looks like a tsunami is going to hit Japan. Goodbye everyone! To be honest though, it doesn’t look too bad now, at least in Tokyo. Fortunately I am living on the tenth floor. Japan has some...

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Annual medical checkup

I had my medical checkup today, which most companies in Japan make their staff do. It is a pretty thorough examination, including drinking barium. It is anything like a milkshare as described in the above site. I didn’t...

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Why I came to Japan

Reflection time. Someone left a comment on my yesterday, asking why I first came to Japan. It is something I get asked almost everyday, but here goes… I first visited Japan on a Lions Exchange trip after I had completed my...

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Saving costs of living in Japan

I know Tokyo is a relatively expensive place to live in and I pay a lot for rent, but compared to the costs I would have if I lived in Australia, in some ways it is fairly cheap. – No car needed. Trains are so good here...

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Get back to basics

Rather than letting it get me down that I am not moving forward with my adsense income, I have decided to try and get back to some of the basics of my business. TokyoEssentials is still one of my main sources of income and I...

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Softbank to buy Vodafone Japan

Just watching the news this morning and Softbank has announced they are buying Vodafone in Japan. This is pretty big news for anyone watching the telecoms market in Japan. I know Vodafone had been struggling, but didn’t...

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