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2012 October

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Oct

Showa Nostalgia

By Dominic Carter

 

At Decks Mall in Tokyo’s Odaiba there is a whole floor devoted to an attraction called Daiba Itchome Shoutengai. That precinct of the shopping centre is a self-contained step back in time to the urban Japan of the sixties. The place is bursting with candy, trinkets, games, toys and vintage pinball and video game machines (the video-games are admittedly a seventies innovation, but no need to let that get in the way of a good time!). There is an eclectic mix of old and new on show but, on the whole, as you’d expect in Japan the attention to historic detail is very faithful. As an immersive shopping experience I have yet to experience anything quite like it!

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01

Oct

Vegetable-Centric Eateries Show Creativity is Alive and Well

By Debbie Howard

 

Top chefs from around the world predicted that vegetables and “fabulous experimental vegetarian food” would catch a wave in 2012, along with the use of pure and natural ingredients from ethically produced, sustainable farming.

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01

Oct

Standard of Living in Japan Stacks Up Fairly Well

By Debbie Howard

 

During the two so-called ‘lost decades’ since the early 1990s, the standard of living of the average Japanese household has been maintained, and on some counts, has even increased somewhat.

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01

Oct

“Wait and See” Attitude on Digital Marketing Strategies Could Prove to be Fatal

By Debbie Howard

 

Having spent the past 28 years observing the Japanese market and its trials and tribulations, I am always amused by the “is Japan back” question, which I have heard on a number of occasions over the years.  Did anyone really ever think that Japan had gone “somewhere else” while we weren’t looking?

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