Budget inns start going up-market to lure guests

Business Oct 22, 2009

Budget inns start going up-market to lure guests

Budget hotels, once known as places with narrow baths and beds, are transforming themselves by installing outdoor bathtubs, high-grade furniture and other distinctive services. The transformation reflects attempts to attract people on business trips and new tourists in the face of the recession. Budget hotel chain ...

Bubble economy salarymen tagged as burdens on society

National Aug 22, 2009

Bubble economy salarymen tagged as burdens on society

Men who were aggressively recruited by firms during the bubble economy in the latter half of the 1980s through the early '90s are now being scorned as "burdens" on society — a sharp contrast to their vigorous female peers, who are called "arafo," short ...

'Herbivorous men' are new consumer kings

National Jul 16, 2009

'Herbivorous men' are new consumer kings

Japan's newly dominant consumer is likely to be in his 20s to 30s, favors cosmetics over deluxe cars and enjoys eating sweets with his parents at home rather than treating his girlfriend to fancy eateries. Such men are called "soshokukei danshi," or "herbivorous men." The ...