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In Hokkaidō, which is the northernmost region of Japan, there is a town called “Niseko,” and recently, investors are flocking to invest in ski resorts there. Niseko is famous for its high-quality powder snow. It is a joy to ski on Niseko snow, yet the prices for ski resort real estate there are actually quite reasonable, at least for now. Niseko ranks only 31st in the world for ski resort land prices. This is according...

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On Monday, the Japanese Cabinet Office released the latest economic figures for Japan. Annualized Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was up 1.8%. In other words, the economy was 1.8% stronger than last year at the same time of year. The preliminary reading had been that there was only 0.2% growth, but the final number beat this out by a 1.6% margin. Economists had forecasted 0.7%; once again, the actual number was substantially above expectations. Domestic demand...

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The Nikkei Shimbun reported on November 5 that the FSA has adopted a policy to prohibit investment trusts that invest in crypto assets (virtual currency) during 2019. At the end of September 2019, the Financial Services Agency announced a partial amendment of the “Comprehensive Supervisory Guidelines for Financial Instruments Business Operators.” According to the announcement, investment trusts and investment corporations (of which investment trusts are one type) are mainly intended to invest in specific types...