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These things are likely to boom in the Japanese market in 2020

By cinnamonellie, grape Japan

In preparation for 2020 and the Olympics, new things like stations, facilities, and new areas are opening one after another.

Additionally, many products are already appearing on the Japanese market, some of which Japanese people anticipate will be the next boom for this year.

For one thing, according to Fuji TV’s research on Mezamashi TV, the maboroshi no croissant 幻のクロワッサン (phantom croissant) will be back on sale and "leveled up" versions will appear.

Here are some of the other items you may want to pay attention to this year:

Electric Kickboard

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In Europe, at least, electric kickboards are frequently used by people. However, since I began living in Japan, I haven’t seen anyone using it. That is set to change in 2020. Electric kickboards will finally get some attention and will be released as a next-generation vehicle in Japan at Bic Camera.

A safe vehicle that can be used even by elderly people is one of the most recommended items for this year. The “Ninebot Kick scooter ES2” which weighs around 12.5 kg can be bought for 100,000 yen (tax excluded). You can adjust the speed to your preference and you can go as fast as 20 km/h. If you charge it for 3.5 h, you can run for at least 25 km.

Unfortunately, in Japan, it is considered a motorbike, so you’ll need to have a license to ride one.

Sony’s BRAVIA A9G series TV

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An unusual TV which is indeed suited for the Reiwa period.

The screen looks amazing and watching it will make you feel like you are inside of the show. That's not only because of the screen but also the sound! Compared to other TVs, this one not only has realistic images but also a unique feature that allows you to enjoy realistic sounds, too.

If you look behind the TV, you won’t be able to find the speakers because the sound comes from the screen, which itself has the role of a speaker. Therefore, sound comes out directly towards the viewer. If someone walks from left to right, they will hear the sound coming from the left aimed directly at the viewer.

The price of Sony Bravia A9G is around 473,513 yen (tax included). It's a highly-recommended television this year, especially with the Olympics coming.

The micro-wassan, a mini croissant sold out in only one month

A 5 cm croissant that fits into your hand, it's very cheap and tasty and it will be back on sale.

Baked carefully at 175 degrees for around 25 minutes, it has a delicious crispy dough you won’t be able to get enough of! What's more, you can buy a pack of 14 mini-croissants for only 369 yen.

Puchi Puchi Shake Hogushi

You can find Puchi Puchi Shake Hogushi ぷちぷち鮭ほぐし flaked salmon by Hokuya in Kitano Ace supermarkets. For only 599 yen (tax included), you can buy a 120 g jar. Use it on top of rice and many other dishes. Simply delicious!

The evolving Eco Bag of 3COINS

The 300 yen Eco bag from 3COINS has 2 compartments and the upper one is for eggs or products that can easily get squished. Very benri (convenient!)

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It's a highly-recommended television this year, especially with the Olympics coming.

That's an odd motivation. Why spend 500k on a TV set to watch a 3-week event mostly featuring sports most people don't know about or are interested in. Yeah, the shotput!

Wouldn't, say, the spread of streaming services, new and popular HBO dramas, 4k offerings, etc. be a much better sustained reason to make such an investment?

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Considering the laws around both electric kickboards, and full electric bikes (not the pedal assist only electric bikes), then neither will become popular until things are changed. As it is, not only do you need a license (which excludes app rental services like in Europe becoming available), but the bike or kickboard also needs a number late, the rider must have a helmet, and they must be operated on the road at all times. All these things make them less practical than either. 50 cc scooter (which has more power and greater range for the same license and riding requirements), or pedal electric bikes, which can be ridden on footpaths and rented with apps.

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I am still waiting to use a Goped on the road...

do someone know exactly the official requirement needed?

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Regarding kickboards and high-speed (over 25km/hr) electric assist bikes, yes, there is the danger of the odd idiot driving one, but there are already lots of odd idiots driving two ton cars and bigger trucks.

An unlimited 40km/hr electric assist road bike would effectively replace a car for one person on a commute. Way cheaper and way more eco. Current electric assist road bikes are limited to 25km/h, which basically means the motor is only good for going uphill. You don't have to pedal very hard on the flat to hit 25km/h under your own power.

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Unfortunately, in Japan, it is considered a motorbike, so you’ll need to have a license to ride one.

He layeth the problem.

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the narrow streets and crowded traffic (at least in Tokyo) would make this thing quite dangerous

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A safe vehicle that can be used even by elderly people is one of the most recommended items for this year

The writer needs to stop sampling the product. Does he even realize the extent of potential danger here in Jpn?

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The rental electric kickboard business model in the US peaked and is in sharp decline now. Lots of lawsuits from injuries and customers get bored after doing it once. Just a fad.

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