Knowledge is power: Navigating the household electricity market after deregulation

Mar 12, 2016

Knowledge is power: Navigating the household electricity market after deregulation

The country’s household and small business electricity market will be deregulated from April 1, allowing individuals to choose their electricity provider. Optimists, especially renewable energy advocates and small entrepreneurs, hope the development will break the stranglehold that the country’s 10 regional utilities have on ...

Nara targets gay tourists with new focus on LGBT economy

Feb 24, 2016

Nara targets gay tourists with new focus on LGBT economy

The city of Nara, Japan’s ancient capital, will target LGBT tourists from Japan and abroad from April 1. Plans include earmarking ¥2.08 million in the budget for the next fiscal year to inform hoteliers and innkeepers and other businesses about LGBT culture and how ...

Kansai is in need of some youthful innovation

| Feb 20, 2016

Kansai is in need of some youthful innovation

In its latest report, released Feb. 12, the Kansai Economic Federation presented mixed news about the local economy. Looking at monthly sentiment in eight different areas ranging from industrial production to housing purchases to sentiment toward China, the report showed that, on the whole, ...