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Japan Inc

Web Hosting in Japan – but nothing like the US

According to in Japan about 50% of market for web hosting services is taken up by 5 hosting companies, hosting them over 1.5 million I thought this was an incredible until I saw the situation in the US.

Wild Domains, probably better to you as Godaddy. currently handles 44% of the US with over 35 million hosted.

In Japan, the competition the top five, Value Domain. DNS.NE.JP, DNSV and XServer is Each has between 9 and 15% of the market.

In the US seems to be moving into a situation, with big names Network Solutions, Enom, 11 and (whose coupon promotions are ) taking only 2-4% of the each.

Life Insurance in vs. Life Insurance in the U.S.

the U.S. recession began in reporters, investors, and economists compared modern-day America to circa 1990. Both experienced elevated debt their respective asset and bubbles burst, which was further aggravated by a massive in governmental debt. These are but two similarities of many that investors to wonder about the between the two countries’ economic but on another, non-economic level, and the U.S. share a fair of likeness when it comes to the insurance market .

Regardless of class, national economy, or human beings have the to want to protect their ones and ensure financial should the unexpected occur. In as well as in the United States, insurance is a popular way of doing so. In Swiss Re stated in their World Insurance Report   life premiums had decreased by 2.7%, but the U.S. and Japan the two largest markets, both to grow steadily.

There are similarities between the types of policies offered in Japan and in the Term plans as well as plans exist in both although notably the Japanese to prefer the policies which the potential for a cash-payout regardless of the holder’s ….

In 1994, the Bureau of Economic Research published a report entitled Policies and Household Savings,” in they included a chapter “Public Policies and Household in Japan” by authors Takatoshi Ito and Kitamura. This chapter an in-depth look at the trends and of the Japanese life insurance Mainly, Ito and Kitamura reported on the tax of life insurance, but they that savings-type life (also known as universal or plans) are more popular term life insurance for the

Naturally each country has its and most well known insurance companies. For example, an organization that ranks the top all over the world and by country, The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Limited   one of the top 20 life insurance in Japan. Nippon Life Co. and Japan Post Inc.

Co. Ltd are two highly popular insurance in Japan. And perhaps the most and used life insurance of all is Sony Prudential Life.

is known in America for its electronics, but as a New York Times article   “Sony’s Bread and Butter? Not pointed out, the company the majority of its money not in the electronics but rather by selling life policies in Japan.

Many insurance companies overlap, both the U.S. and Japan. companies are Aflac. MetLife. and (although Prudential operates the name “Sony Life” in

The bottom line is that can find a plethora of reputable insurance companies in both the and Japan. If an American (or any other citizen, for that matter,) him or herself living in Japan and to purchase life insurance, the one we would advise would be to a company that allows the insurance policy to move you in the event that work or a relocation back to the motherland

Japan’s Economic Outlook; The the Bad, and the Ugly

The majority of the regarding the Japanese economy in years has been negative. In respects the country still fully recovered from the downturn that took in the 1990s. However, as is the case any modern economy, there are positive and negative things on in the Japanese economy at the moment.

The Good: Strong Infrastructure and

Japan’s overall infrastructure is still among the world’s Its transportation infrastructure is particularly and helps to support the country’s as well as its quality of life.

speed Shinkansen or Bullet are a common form of transportation

power infrastructure is also stable and relatively efficient. not as far along as countries like with respect to renewable development, Japan proportionately less on petroleum than others, with about a of its energy needs provided by plants.

Of course, the best area of strength for the Japanese is manufacturing. In addition to cars and Japan is a major producer of data storage media, parts and equipment, heavy and chemical products, among other things.

The Bad: Troubles

Japan’s current stem back to the end of the 1989 estate and stock price The government’s response at that triggered what was a harsher necessary economic backlash, it was then also slow to to.

Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo

A of ideas and a kind of political have been issues for ever since the end of the bubble Whereas the Japanese economy and in general were energized the political reforms of the postwar its bureaucracy has become overwrought, and the parties have largely to be seen as being primarily in it for

Although Japan has had six prime over the last six years, change has been slow in Among the reforms that been suggested by economists are changes to tax laws, and a better for curbing the issue of inflation.

The Manufacturing Competition

Perhaps the pressing issue on the horizon for is the emergence of other manufacturing More so than any other manufacturing is what’s kept the economy strong since the end of the Even though big Japanese particularly in the auto and electronics have moved significant of their factory operations to countries, manufacturing remains a strength.

The problem is that from other countries are muscling in on the Japanese giants’ In the auto industry, South companies like Hyundai are in a eerily similar to that by Japanese makers in previous steadily increasing in sales, and reputation. There’s also the Indian auto industry.

Korean manufacturers might be further along in electronics. it was once unthinkable, Samsung is now as a serious competitor to Sony as the premier maker of televisions.If competition continues to grow it will only make path to recovery that more difficult.

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Dōmo Mr. Roboto

Robotics in Japan just fun and games. When think of the current Japanese industry, what often to mind are those weird, and sometimes creepy humanoid that pop up at the end of news broadcasts now and then. While Japan’s mascots certainly do provide of entertainment, there are serious and aspects to the ongoing development of technology.

Two major factors pushed Japan’s robotics to the top of the heap. One is the long-standing trend Japanese companies in all fields, in particular, to constantly push the in terms of productivity and efficiency.

auto manufacturers were the first to heavily incorporate the use of in their production methods. The for these robots from the were mainly Japanese and this has allowed the likes of for one, to lead the world in area. Kawasaki’s robotics now produces industrial robots perform functions such as welding and sealing, and even of products.

The other factor has accelerated the development of robotics in is the country’s demographic crisis. population, with low birth and very little immigration, is smaller and older. This has an entire subsection of the robotics which focuses on creating that work in the home, to provide companionship for seniors, or to domestic tasks.

Japan the only country facing issues, so there’s actually a lot on the industry’s ability to come up practical, affordable designs can really address these problems. Of course, robots can be a bit fun, too.

Top 5 Japanese

Toyota Partnership Robot

Developed by scientists from University, TWENDY-ONE is one of several currently in development with a to addressing some of the problems come with Japan’s aging and shrinking population. is one of the more heavy-duty designs so with a powerful grip to that physique.

It’s one when robots replace factory workers. The HRP-4C. by Japan’s National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology, the livelihood of some of the most workers of all: runway

With credits on the trumpet and the Toyota Partner Robot is one of the artistically-inclined robots on the scene. In to bringing new meaning to “soulless, music” this robot has a of siblings that have modes of movement. They’re to one day act as live-in companions for seniors.


The undisputed leader Japanese robotic corporate is Honda’s ASIMO. Now a household in Japan, ASIMO has had an eventful since first being to the public in 2000. It’s had bumps and bruises, sure, but also met royalty, opened exchanges, and performed shows at along the way.

They up so fast.

Top 10 Japanese Gadgets

companies are known the world for manufacturing those big-ticket items: TVs, stereo game consoles, and appliances. Not has to have such an obvious though. This is a peek the sometimes wonderful, and often world of Japanese gadgets.

One of the gadgets from Japan is line of Fridgeezoo “refrigerator Available in a variety of lovable animal shapes, they sit in fridge and speak up whenever you it. They’ll also remind you to the door if you leave it open too

9. Thanko Silent Mouse EX

by everything that made the great, Thanko has created a complete with scroll that makes no sound at This is the perfect mouse for you’re, er… doing whatever it is you do on the at night that you don’t anyone to hear. A wireless is also available, for those when even the sound of the gives away too much.

days many of Japan’s high-tech toilets are equipped a background noise function, serves to spare the embarrassment of the When you’re out roughing it, you may have to take along the an electronic keychain device emits a flushing sound at the of a button. There’s no word as of yet on a “now with perfume”

7. PuchiPuchi bubble wrap toy

Toy giants Bandai truly themselves with this creation. PuchiPuchi. named for the onomatopoeia for the sound of bubbles is a keychain toy that allows you to pop endlessly. Every 100 pops, the toy even emit a random, sound effect.

6. Robotic

Robotic pets are big in Japan, living space is often too to accommodate old fashioned, live Some simply wander or maybe bark or meow so often. Others provide a such as the super-cute Choken doggie bank. which of a bowl, a box, and a robotic

When you put change in the bowl, the dog it up, and the change ends up in the box. Fun and

Japanese manufacturers have up with all sorts of interesting to occupy those empty USB on your PC or laptop. If you’re temperature-related problems of any sort, the people at Thanko have got you with a range of USB gadgets a cooling seat cushion, gloves, an air-conditioned shirt, and a tie a fan in it. If a mindless diversion’s all you’re there are plenty of USB toys to from, including a replica of the creature from the 1979 Alien.

4. Hello Kitty

What gadget wouldn’t from having Hello on it? None, apparently, as Sanrio’s character has been incorporated just about every of gadget you can imagine over the In addition to several warehouses of cellular phones, alarm cameras and MP3 players, Hello has brought her special charm to a (which makes toast Kitty-chan’s face on it), a Stratocaster, and even a fire

3. Game — Watch

The — Watch collection was a of digital watches that also play video Mario and Donkey Kong, others, made early on the Game — Watch. In to being a classic in its own right, is the most historically significant on the list in that it paved the way for other portable gaming from the Game Boy, to the 3DS.

Bowlingual. made by Takara, is a toy analyzes a dog’s bark and it (or, more accurately, the state it represents) into language. It may not quite be clinically but Bowlingual is nevertheless plenty of Although it’s been for a while now, and has even made available in other Bowlingual makes the list for not its ingenuity, but also for having the adorable talking dogs in the Up .

1. Shouting Vase

For the ultimate in relief, consider the Shouting This incredible invention over your mouth, you to yell as loud as you like. more, your cries are and emitted in a softer tone the other end of the vase.

Now this is modern civilization is all about.

Banking and Finance

The postwar in Japan saw the establishment of a new banking in order to finance the reconstruction of the In this rebuilding period, Japanese banks operated in one of general categories. City . were the greatest in number, and the source of short-term credit for the major companies. These complemented by regional banks . mostly with smaller and specialized long-term credit

Bank of Japan

Smart, investment – and lots of it – ensured Japan’s banking industry along with the rest of the over the next few decades. In banks felt secure in credit more liberally, served to further accelerate the of the Japanese economy.

The Japanese market reached its all-time in December 1989, amidst of speculation fuelled largely by lending. The government was eventually to raise interest rates, an which worked, perhaps a too well, to burst the bubble.

The Decade of the 1990s

The financial was the hardest hit by the post-bubble collapse. All of a a large proportion of the loans in the preceding years became risky, or just plain The weak government response help matters, as short-term were initially preferred to regulatory reforms. Some of the were coerced into emergency loans to ostensibly big to fail” zombie companies, though these had no chance of being repaid.

For a period of a decade, the Japanese banking was slow to enact change on its and it received little in the way of outside This served to extend the of the crisis.

Tokyo Stock

The Japanese banking landscape in the century looks very from how it did in the heyday of the Japanese At their peak, the “Big Japanese banks – Dai-Ichi Bank, Sumitomo Bank, Bank, Mitsubishi Bank, and Bank – were also the largest in the world, in that Although following the collapse and the Decade” of the 1990s, all of the aforementioned were forced into

Now, for consumers, only Japanese “megabanks” remain, and banks have greatly their presence in the country.

On the side, meaningful reforms eventually enacted, and the situation in and finance in Japan has been stable since about In fact, the Japanese financial has been one of those to come out unscathed from the global crisis, while other have certainly suffered.

At the time, the Japanese economy in has continued to stagnate. Had it not been for the response to the first Japanese crisis, it might have possible to turn things more quickly.

Though the outlook for banking and finance in is fairly good. In terms of structure and governance, the banking in particular is among the world’s and if the rest of the economy is able to at some point, there’s a chance that Japan’s can regain their former

Panorama of Shinjuku and Mt Fuji from Bunkyo Civic

Top 10 Japanese Cars

Japanese makers have taken the world thanks to their to consistently produce reliable and great overall values. are some of the most iconic to have ever come the Land of the Rising Sun.

10. 2002 Honda Civic Si

The is in some ways the prototypical Japanese automobile. Beginning its introduction in 1973, the Civic a reputation for reliability and fuel even though it has been moved upmarket, gaining features and options and getting a bit as time has worn on. The Civic a massively popular choice, topped the sales charts in the States and Canada over the few years.

While the Civic has consistently good over the the 2002 Si is the choice, as it marked the to the classic hatchback style.

9. FD Mazda RX-7

For a period of a few in the mid-1990s, the RX-7 set the standard not for Japanese sports cars, but for cars in general. The FD, as this of the RX-7 is known, is loved by for its classically sporty look and as well as its engineering, which an extremely intricate intercooler and, of course, the rotary

8. 1986 Toyota Supra III

The Supra was the successor to Toyota’s which is considered the original sports car. The Supra had an run, marked by occasional problems and design controversies, but its in Japanese sports car history is The ’86 represented a change in direction, a super-sleek, angular look still calls out to the eye.

The has been on hiatus since but rumours of a return persist.

7. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V

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The Evolution has its roots in rally car and its distinctive look is unlike else on the street. Although prefer the Lancer Evolution’s the Subaru Impreza WRX, the Evo (as also known) gets the nod for greater cultural infiltration. The V in particular is widely considered the Grail for the import drag crowd.

6. 2002 Toyota E120 LE

The Corolla has long the most popular line of cars, and as of 1997 it is the highest nameplate of all time. Like the Civic, the Corolla has come to everything that the Japanese industry has aspired to. The 2002 likewise represents everything right about the clean, long-lasting, value-retaining Corolla.

5. Datsun 240Z

The Datsun (sold as the much cooler-sounding Fairlady Z in Japan) was a watershed for the Japanese auto industry. It in North America in 1970 as a stylish sports car that was more affordable than its competition, and as such it became a big Few 240Zs lasted beyond the due to rust issues, but they good while they

4. 1990 Acura NSX

Considered the and only true Japanese the NSX was the result of Honda’s years of in Formula One racing, including input from legendary Ayrton Senna. The NSX was originally as a competitor to the Ferrari 328, but the NSX surpassed its Italian inspiration in respects, as it went on to be dubbed the first “everyday supercar” looked and felt like an but was (relatively) affordable and easy to for. The NSX never changed over its 15-year lifespan, so the model is a good representative.

3. Lexus LS 400

The Lexus LS 400 was another for the Japanese auto industry. For the time a Japanese manufacturer had a luxury sedan that truly compete with the of Mercedes-Benz and BMW, and at a markedly price point, at least at Following its 1990 introduction to the American market, the LS 400 was an early and award winner, and by the late it had largely caught up to the German in the public consciousness.

2. 1997 Prius NHW10

Alright, so the is well behind most of the on this list in terms of In its favour, the Prius introduced the significant development in the history of technology since the assembly when it went on sale in in 1997: the hybrid engine. that a little more than horsepower? Well…

1. R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R

is one Japanese-made car so cool its fuel can be excused. Originating in 1969, the is arguably the most storied sports car, and the R32 is the pinnacle of the The R32′s racing performance has near-mythical status, as it completely Japanese motor sport in its What really makes the R32 the Japanese car ever, though, is its

The distinctive round taillights, the bumper ducts, the spoilers, the and oh, those unforgettable side-view Everything about the R32 screams awesome.” Sadly, the Skyline has been retired, at least for the being, but the memory of this will surely live on.

Video Games: Then Now

As popular as manga and anime become in the West, video are arguably Japan’s best and most loved cultural This is a look at how they that status, and what look like now.

The Donky Kong

Video had been around in the U.S. for a decade before Japanese began to make an impact. which began in 1889 as a cards manufacturer, got into the games business initially as the distributor for American game in the 1970s. In 1981 they the arcade game Donkey . designed by Shigeru Miyamoto, the of which spurred the company to video games its main

Nintendo released its first game console in 1983, and followed suit shortly

Japanese companies were to conquer the worldwide home market in short order for a of basic reasons. The Nintendo System and the Sega Master were, like many Japanese electronic products, in quality, more advanced and produced more efficiently the competition from American like Atari.

Nintendo System

However, the real that Japan brought to gaming was more creative technical. Nintendo’s games in from this period successful in combining fast-paced, arcade-style action with characters and narratives in a way that been done before.

the mid-1990s, the gaming market off into four sectors. The market was divided almost between Nintendo and Sega, Sony to arrive soon the handheld market, despite best efforts, was dominated by the arcade market saw competition Japanese and American makers; and the PC market was the domain of U.S. and publishers, with Japanese playing a decidedly minimal

Sony Playstation 2

The console has shifted dramatically since the of the century. Missteps by Sega in the of fierce competition from and Sony forced it to get out of the hardware Sega’s place as the third console maker was taken by toward the end of the 6th generation of consoles.

Xbox was introduced as a direct to the dominant PlayStation 2, and although remained the sales leader. The and its more successful successor the 360, introduced trends to the most notably a move a PC-influenced style of system that have served to end the domination of Japanese-designed consoles.

On the side, Japanese publishers gradually lost market outside of Japan. Sports such as the ever-popular Madden have long been by North American and European The arrival of the Xbox brought it a tendency for games in genres would previously have exclusive to PC gaming, such as shooters and Western-style role games, to also appear on

Some of these, perhaps notably the Halo series, proven to be enormously successful.


The Japanese game industry is now with a minor crisis. publishers have clearly ground overseas, and even sales of some flagship such as Final Fantasy . have been disappointing. No an authority than Keiji designer of Mega Man . recently the Japanese game industry

On the other hand, the massive of the Nintendo Wii has proven that aren’t all bad. The Wii is still the in sales among this consoles by a wide margin. the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 are mainly at self-described “gamers”, Nintendo has up an entirely new segment of the market by to a broader audience and supporting software like Wii Fit.

is now set to respond with a motion peripheral of its own, so in a sense, companies are still setting the in console gaming.

Top 10 Japanese

Manufacturing and exports have been the lifeblood of the Japanese Here’s a look at the ten biggest exporters.

10. Mitsui — Co.

Mitsui Co. is one of Japan’s sogo shosha . or trading companies. These tend to be involved in all sorts of activities, from sales and to heavy manufacturing. Mitsui Co. isn’t the biggest of the sogo overall, but it is one of those more involved in manufacturing and exports.

best known overseas for involvement in the export of steel and materials.

Mitsubishi has perhaps the overseas name recognition of the shosha . largely thanks to its in the auto and electronics industries. If ever been to Japan probably got some idea as to how many things Mitsubishi has its in, from cars and trucks, to gas and stationery. Although it’s wound down its auto business overseas, Mitsubishi a big exporter, most notably in the chemicals and heavy machinery.

now focused largely on IT services and Fujitsu is still a major of products in a few different areas. PC sales business has declined the years, but their notebook remain strong, and they to produce things like storage systems, monitors, and parts and accessories.

Toshiba is one of largest and most historic with roots in the late century. Today the company is a player in several different Best known among for its TVs and laptops, Toshiba is also an of semiconductors, printer parts, and generation technology.

One of the world’s entertainment conglomerates, Sony one of Japan’s biggest exporters of and parts, primarily of electronics. still does about of its production in Japan, most of is then exported overseas. the Sony products entirely or made in Japan today are cameras, and PCs and computer parts as semiconductors and batteries.

Although to Sony in terms of worldwide name recognition, Panasonic is Japan’s largest electronics thanks to its success as a manufacturer and of electric components (which is Panasonic, then using the brand name, got its start) and In addition to its eponymous television, tool, camera, telephone and manufacturing operations, Panasonic owns the Sanyo and Technics

The third largest Japanese car Nissan has possibly the most history. The company looked to be on its way to by the 1990s and was forced to enter a partnership with Renault in Its subsequent turnaround under CEO Ghosn is the stuff of legends.

days Nissan is doing well, although sales of its luxury line continues to lag those of Lexus and Acura. also produces marine in partnership with Tohatsu.

is perhaps best known to as a relatively minor player in electronics, so it’s probably a to see it so high on the list. Consumer are only a small part of overall operations, though. In to components for electronics, Hitachi exports medical equipment, systems, heavy machinery, parts, rail products and elevators and escalators, ATMs, storage devices, batteries, power tools, and more.

is the world’s sixth largest manufacturer, and number two out of Japan. the other Japanese car makers, now produces many of its products partially or entirely in other but its largest individual facilities are located in Japan. In addition to of its cars, the bulk of Honda’s and ATV manufacturing business has remained in

The world’s #1 automaker is also leading exporter in terms of Although Toyota has gradually some of its auto manufacturing overseas, many of its parts and vehicles continue to be produced in for export, including the entire line. With a massive over everybody else, looks set to remain Japan’s one exporter for the foreseeable future.

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