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The Seeds of New Products and Services (July 2020)

As digitalization moves forward in government administration and in companies, online identity authentication services are starting to spread. Until now, such services have been used for identity checks when opening bank accounts, for e-commerce payments, and the like...

Fujitsu aims to halve its office floor area in three years, based on working from home

Responding to the spread of the novel coronavirus, Fujitsu, including its Group companies in Japan, will be halving its office space. Fujitsu aims to complete the process in three years and has started working towards...

Japanese-made Supercomputers Reclaim their Global No.1 Rank

The latest global ranking of supercomputers contending over computation speed was published on 22 June. It showed Fugaku, developed by Riken and Fujitsu, in the top spot....

Manufacturing Industry will Go Remote

Remote working has become the new norm due to the growing impact of COVID-19 and there is a growing trend in the manufacturing industry to utilize virtual reality (VR) and other remote technologies...

Expansion of Sales of Products with Antimicrobial Properties

In response to the heightened awareness of hygiene due to the spread of Covid-19, textile manufacturers and others will expand sales of products that have antimicrobial properties....

Increasing Use of Job-description Employment

Japan’s Labor Standards Law, enacted after the war, has asked companies to manage the working hours of workers. With the shift to job-description employment...

Home Centers are the People’s Friend

Amid the stream of stories about companies reeling from the coronavirus shock, like department stores slumping and a famous long-established apparel company collapsing, home centers are increasing sales...

The Global Tourist Industry in Crisis

The industry faces losses of around USD1.2 trillion if countries maintain their travel bans to December in response to the spread of novel coronavirus infection...

Japan Begins Setting Policies on Measures Against Plastics

There are expanding business opportunities associated with developing new materials and technologies in the move away from plastics...

Japan’s Tourism Industry is Taking Its First Steps Towards Recovery

Getting past the current situation is not the most important thing for the tourism industry today. It will take at least a year and a half to establish a vaccine or treatment method for the novel coronavirus...

The Seeds of New Products and Services (June 2020)

Startups are developing IT-based services. They include services to tell customers how crowded the interior of a store is before they enter, or to stream video of store interiors, while taking...

The Wave of Subscription Services is Spreading to B2B

Subscription services, such as movie and music streaming, were directed first at general consumers. In contrast to leasing, subscriptions have short-term contracts that can be easily...

Top 100 Companies Spending Money on Social Contribution

The novel coronavirus state of emergency was fully lifted on May 25. But, the impact, economic as well as medical, has been enormous, and the social chaos looks set to continue...

New Entries Into the Online Medical Treatment Field

The spread of the novel coronavirus has prompted a succession of new entries into the online medical treatment field, particularly from new companies. From April, such treatment was allowed for even first-time examinations...

The Size of the Home Remodeling Market in FY2019 was JPY6.6 Trillion (up 4.3%)

Yano Research Institute has announced its estimate that the size of the home remodeling market in FY2019 (April 2019 through March 2020) was JPY6.557 trillion...

Textile Industry Ready for an “After Corona” World

When the novel coronavirus infection was spreading in China, and Wuhan and many other areas were in lockdown, it was still possible for apparel imports from China to pass....

The Impact of COVID-19 on Consumer Consumption Trends

The novel coronavirus has thrown everyday life into turmoil and greatly changed product consumption trends....

In the Spotlight! The Burgeoning Drugstore Industry Reached JPY7.7 Trillion Market Size After 20 Years of Continuous Growth

According to the Japan Association of Chain Drug Stores, total sales revenue of its 401 companies nationwide grew by 5.7% in FY2019...

Industries in Japan

Japan’s industries are tabulated below by genre. There are a total of 136 genres. We plan to compile summaries of the current situation, trends, and future outlook in key industries..

Foreign Trade 2020

The following is an excerpt of information and data presented in “Foreign Trade 2020”, published by the Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (JFTC). The reader should note that it was prepared before the spread of coronavirus infection...

Twelve Business Types Hit Hard by the Coronavirus in Japan

Numbers of bankruptcies related to the novel coronavirus have started to be reported since February 20th, caused by a sharp drop in inbound demand as the entry restrictions etc. that began in February...

The Seeds of New Products and Services (May 2020)

People wearing masks has been an everyday sight in Japan before, and doesn’t feel strange to anyone. Masks are essential for hay fever sufferers and people with colds...

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Textile Industry Ready for an “After Corona” World

When the novel coronavirus infection was spreading in China, and Wuhan and many other areas were in lockdown, it was still possible for apparel imports....

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Industries in Japan

Japan’s industries are tabulated below by genre. There are a total of 136 genres. We plan to compile summaries of the current situation, trends, and future outlook in key industries...

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Foreign Trade 2020

The following is an excerpt of information and data presented in “Foreign Trade 2020”, published by the Japan Foreign Trade Council, Inc. (JFTC). The reader should note that it was prepared before the spread of coronavirus infection...

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