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Posted in: Apartments with no bath or shower rising in popularity among young Tokyoites, report says See in context

A year or two ago in the UK, there were a number of articles about a new trend for apartments without kitchens or cooking facilities.

I prefer the theory that it's dodgy builders who forgot to include vital facilities in their construction plans attempting to offload unsaleable properties by planting stories in the media of "modern lifestyles".

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Posted in: Japanese salted plum industry in dire straits, according to umeboshi company’s tweet See in context

umeboshi warehouses are packed with umeboshi with nowhere to go.


many older people have been put off buying umeboshi due to the recent price increase, which came as a result of a poor harvest back in 2020.

So the warehouses are packed with unshiftable stock, but they put the prices up due to one poor harvest. Maybe they should think of reducing the prices again, rather than complaining that no-one wants to buy them.

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Posted in: Kishida warns Japan on brink of social dysfunction amid falling birthrate See in context

Is there any information on the number of young, ambitious women leaving Japan for countries where they can have a rewarding career path?

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Posted in: Hopes grow for win-win effect of inbound tourism in Japan, weak yen See in context

The hope is that a weaker yen will be an additional boost, providing a win-win situation for foreign tourists

The problem is that it is not the yen that is weaker, but that the US dollar is stronger against all other currencies. It's been around the same level to the UK pound and the Euro for the last couple of years. So the bulk of tourists are likely to be Americans travelling the world looking to splash their massive relative wealth.

I think I'll hold off on my next trip until 2024.

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