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2010 March



Age: Just a Number?

By Dominic Carter


Here in Japan the traditionally taken path has been the one of respect for the elders in society.  Well, traditions may not have changed, but society has.   With Gen X’rs taking center stage slowly but surely, Japan’s largest demographic, senior citizens, is not taking the backseat ride so well anymore.   But exactly what new elderly profiles are emerging in Japan as of late?

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Changes in Distribution Channels Linked to Craving for Convenience

By Debbie Howard


Walking through Takashimaya Co.’s department store in Tokyo’s Nihombashi district last week, I was impressed by its grandeur, efficient staff and presentation of luxury brands.  However, I also noted its “emptiness” in terms of number of customers.

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