Why iRobot is acquiring a Japanese distribution business

Why iRobot is acquiring a Japanese distribution business

American City Business Journals – Nov 22, 2016 – Bedford-based iRobot announced Monday it will acquire the division of Tokyo’s Sales on Demand Corp. that’s responsible for distributing iRobot’s products in Japan. iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT) estimated the SODC acquisition will cost between $14 million and $16 million when the deal closes in April 2017. SODC has been iRobot’s exclusive distribution partner in Japan since 2004, during which time the Roomba inventor became a leader in the home…

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Painful bloopers in Japanese can be valuable learning experiences

Painful bloopers in Japanese can be valuable learning experiences

The Japan Times – Nov 21, 2016 – While working on the island of Guam in the early 1970s, I had regular business dealings with the expat Japanese business community — basically a good-natured crowd who were used to hearing locals mangle their language on a daily basis. One day, while visiting the manager of a car rental agency, I was relating a shocking personal experience and felt it was not enough to just say…

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Japan awaits trump

Japan awaits trump

Washington Times – Nov 17, 2016 – TOKYO | A nervous Japanese government is trying to figure out how American security policies will change under a Donald Trump administration. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to meet with Mr. Trump Nov. 17 in New York in a bid to undo some recent political fallout. In September Mr. Abe met with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but pointedly did not meet with Mr. Trump. After the surprise…

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The Trump effect presents a head for the Bank of Japan

The Trump effect presents a head for the Bank of Japan

FT – Nov 16, 2016 – At the end of last week, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand cut interest rates. It could yet prove the last central bank to do so in the current cycle. For an inkling of why, look no further than the US government bond market. Treasuries are enduring their worst sell-off since the taper tantrum of 2013, when then Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke first signalled the end of quantitative easing….

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Bleach Manga Not Yet Over, Two New Novels, Movie Adaptation Coming Soon; Volume 74 End Of Tite Kubo’s Creation

Bleach Manga Not Yet Over, Two New Novels, Movie Adaptation Coming Soon; Volume 74 End Of Tite Kubo’s Creation

GamenGuide – Nov 15, 2016 – Bleach Manga series is not over yet. Latest reports claim that the franchise will be coming out with two new novels. Familiar writers will be writing the new novels slated this year and in 2017. The Japanese manga series by Tite Kubo is said to be his longest running manga series. Previous reports claimed that the series is coming to an end with the last volume allegedly released in Japan…

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Hayao Miyazaki Is Not Done Yet; Comes Out Of Retirement To Make New Anime Movie

Hayao Miyazaki Is Not Done Yet; Comes Out Of Retirement To Make New Anime Movie

Nov 14, 2016 – iTech Post – The famous Japanese filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki has revealed that he has come to a decision to suddenly step out of his retirement since 2013 after being inspired to work on and complete a new Japanese animated movie that can be compared to his previous works. Hayao Miyazaki recently went on a special broadcast titled, “Owaranai Hito Miyazaki Hayao”, translated as “The Man Who Is Not Done: Hayao Miyazaki”. The…

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NewsPicks: Staying ahead of ‘old media’ with financial news focusing on tech trends

NewsPicks: Staying ahead of ‘old media’ with financial news focusing on tech trends

The Japan Times – Nov 10, 2016 – NewsPicks is a Japan-oriented financial news website focused on new technologies and IT, using corporate reporters to target young, tech-savvy readers. This is according to the company’s reporters themselves, who are newly recruited from the “old media” weekly business magazine Diamond, which, like other major Japanese newspapers, tends to focus more on the staid topic of corporate management than the latest trends in tech. Launched in 2013…

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How a Giant Sinkhole Swallowed the City Streets in Japan

How a Giant Sinkhole Swallowed the City Streets in Japan

NATURE WORLD NEWS – Nov 9, 2016 – A busy street in a Japanese city was swallowed by a sinkhole near an underground train construction site. The city of Fukuoka in southern Japan stood witness as a five-lane highway was engulfed by a giant sinkhole. The sinkhole was attributed to the nearby underground subway tunnel works. At first, the sinkhole was only about 7 to 8 meters, based on reports the authorities received on Tuesday,…

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Japan’s insurance deregulation can serve as model for Asia, MS&AD chief says

Japan’s insurance deregulation can serve as model for Asia, MS&AD chief says

Nikkei Asian Review – Nov 8, 2016 – TOKYO — Asia’s growing population and middle class hold great promise for non-life insurers as the newly affluent look to protect such assets as cars and houses, and Japan’s experience in deregulation can serve as a model of how to nurture those markets, according to Yasuyoshi Karasawa, the president and CEO of MS&AD Insurance Group. Speaking in Tokyo at the Nikkei Global Management Forum on Tuesday, the chief of…

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‘Hunter X Hunter’ chapter 361 release date rumors: Show’s indefinite hiatus to end soon?

‘Hunter X Hunter’ chapter 361 release date rumors: Show’s indefinite hiatus to end soon?

MNR DAILY – Nov 7, 2016 – A lot of fans of the popular long-running Japanese manga, “Hunter X Hunter,” have been very eager to know the details as to when the series will return to its regular release schedule, particularly for chapter 361. Unfortunately, it seems like the manga has just been hit with another indefinite hiatus, as its author, also known as mangaka, Yoshihiro Togashi, hasn’t been feeling really well these past few months. However, it…

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