For visa violators, it pays to come clean
….The penalties for overstaying will stiffen with the revised Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law that takes effect Thursday. The upper limit of fines will go up drastically. For visa violations or illegal entry, the fine can reach 3 million yen, up 10-fold….
The Dark Side of the Cool Stuff
Cruising the Anime City: An Otaku Guide to Neo Tokyo, published this month by Stone Bridge Press.
“One (purpose of the book) is to give you something to do once you get here,” Macias says. “If you go to every place mentioned in this book you’re going to have a pretty great trip. It’ll be pretty shocking, it’ll be pretty twisted, but it’s definitely off the beaten path…..
TOKYO, Dec 1 (AFP) – With a 10-floor palace of glass at the ritziest of all Tokyo addresses, Chanel is launching its biggest boutique in the world, banking that Japan’s famous appetite for luxury is alive and well….
…”We decided on absolute luxury. The future of luxury in Japan is a lot more luxury,” said Richard Collasse, the head of the French company’s Japan branch. “We’re betting on the high end, and that runs against what everyone is doing,” ….
FT.com– Japan outlines plans to woo foreign investment
….officials are planning seminars in London and New York at a time when the country’s economy is faltering, keeping JGB yields low by international standards and calling the Japanese revival story into question.
“Foreign investors can be quite sharp with their tongues,” said a senior debt management official.”We are going to get tough questions, but there is no easy way to do this.”
Yellow rice wine becoming preferred poison
Yellow rice wine, a rich-flavoured liquor with a relatively low alcohol content, is made from either fermented glutinous rice or millet…..China produces 1.6 million tons of yellow rice wine annually….”The yellow rice wine sector has been the fastest-growing sector in China’s brewery industry in recent years,” said Shen Zhenchang, secretary-general of CADIA’s yellow rice wine branch….
…Japan is the largest export destination, consuming about 50 per cent of China’s total yellow rice wine exports….