Monthly Archives: December 2014

E-commerce and Japan’s Economy


TOKYO – Three years ago, Tomoko, a 54-year-old housewife, purchased everything from clothes to food to stationery at various local retail suppliers. Today, Tomoko rarely goes out to shop, preferring instead to buy most of what she needs online.

Not only is online shopping, also called e-commerce, convenient, says Tomoko, it is also inexpensive. “Groceries alone used to cost my family of three nearly ¥250,000 every month,” she said, adding, “Now they cost a third of that.”

In a country where nearly 80 percent of the population has access to the Internet, Tomoko’s shopping preferences are fast becoming the norm rather than the exception. Read the rest of this entry

The Swadesh DeRoy Memorial Scholarship


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Every year the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) stages a competition for the Swadesh DeRoy Memorial Scholarship. My winning submission, entitled “Outwitting Al Qaeda in a Changing World,” was published in the July 2014 edition of the Number 1 Shimbun, FCCJ’s monthly newspaper. Click here to read it.

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