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Gain your own electronic coins by measuring individual contribution to society such as volunteer activities and donation. A venture company in Tokyo relies on virtual currency to start a new service. This service began by “Social Action Company”, an IT venture company in Tokyo.  NPOs and companies that use services will display projects that will solve social problems, such as eradication of poverty and nature conservation on a dedicated application to recruit volunteer activities and donations. ...

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Asahi Breweries, a major beer, decided to raise production of “Japan wine” using domestic grapes only. The plan is to expand the vineyards in Hokkaido and increase the sales volume to about 3 times now in 6 years. According to the announcement, Asahi Breweries will expand the vineyards in Yoichi Town, Hokkaido, of 2 more hectares to increase the production of Japanese wine, totalling 6 hectares. The company is planning to increase the sales volume of...

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The Nikkei Stock Average rose more than 400 yen at the Tokyo stock market on the Feb. 18th, and the closing price has reached a high price for the first time in about two months, since December last year. TSE stock index = topics rose by 24.67, 1601.96.  The volume of the day was 1,190.24 million shares.  Market officials said, “There is a somewhat optimistic view among investors on whether there will be some progress...

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A fair was held to encourage students and companies to discuss future job hunting practices, and students asked for correspondence that is not bound by conventional practices such as recruiting new graduates all together. Approximately 70 students and personnel officials of about 80 companies participated in the events held by Tokyo Minato-ku for companies that assist employment support.  Participants are divided into groups and discussed within themselves on how to proceed with job hunting efficiently...

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British television stations reported that Honda, a major automobile manufacturer, has strengthened its policy of closing a factory in southern Britain by 2022. Although Honda has not commented so far, it tells the view that several local media are behind the withdrawal from EU = European Union. Although detailed information such as reasons for closing is not clarified, this shows the opinion that several local media are backing the fact that the influence of the EU...

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The General Foundation Economic Research Institute (Minato-ku, Tokyo) and the General Foundation Economic Research Committee (Minato-ku, Tokyo) announced on January 30 the national accounts estimate (quarterly GDP preliminary report) for the period July – September 2018. Nominal private housing investment in fiscal 2018 is expected to increase 16.3 trillion yen, 1.3% from the previous year, to 0.6 trillion 500 billion yen in fiscal 2019, down 0.9%. Due to the effects of national measures, the movement...

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The number of visitors at the housing exhibition hall in December has been announced on January 16 by the Housing Exhibition Center Association and the Housing Production Promotion Foundation. There was a 6.45% increase from the same month of the previous year leading to an increase for the fifth consecutive month. A total of all seven areas excluding Tohoku were involved compared to the same month of the previous year. One relevant factor has been that...

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Wood Station (Chiba City) launches “large panel production partner association”. The inauguration ceremony will be held on February 21. As a countermeasure to the shortage of craftsmen, the company said that it is urgent to make wooden construction prefabricated, and has asked timber businesses in various parts of Japan to participate in the “large panel production partnership” and has promoted nationwide deployment. Currently, there are 54 total members and 32 regular members. The latter will have...

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On February 1, “Able” (Minato-ku , Tokyo) introduced the smartphone settlement service “PayPay” provided by PayPay (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) at domestically operated stores. The app can be adopted by the users by scanning a QR code installed in each store which corresponds to the payment of the tenant’s fees and so on. When the chosen payment method is “credit card settlement”, it can be used for all of the expenses, while “PayPay balance payment” can only be used for brokerage fee and service...

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The Japan Federation of Home Production Organizations (SCI, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo) recently announced the results of the “Survey on housing confidence for business managers” in January 2019 on low – rise housing. In the third quarter of 2018 (October – December 2018), the total number of orders received is plus 19 points, total order value is 33 points, and the amount continues to be positive for 5 consecutive quarters. In the fourth quarter of 2018 (January to March 2019),...