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Coffee with the Foreign Minister of Austria in Tokyo

Was invited to coffee with the Foreign Minister of Austria, Mr Michael Spindelegger, at the Embassy in Tokyo. Minister Spindelegger is in Tokyo for celebrating 140 years of Austria-Japan diplomatic relations, and he gave a short presentation.

Another reason for the Minister’s visit to Japan is that both Japan and Austria are non-permanent members of the United Nations UN Security Council for the two year period from January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2010.

Austria's Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger
Austria’s Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger

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50 years EU celebration in Tokyo

Today was the 50th anniversary of the treaty of Rome which was at the beginning of the European Union. In Tokyo we had a big party at the top of Roppongi Hills – 52nd floor. Here are some pictures…

Celebration of the foundation of the EU 50 years ago with the Treaty of Rome
Celebration of the foundation of the EU 50 years ago with the Treaty of Rome
Celebration in Tokyo of the 50 year anniversary of the Treaty of Rome- the foundation of the EU
Celebration in Tokyo of the 50 year anniversary of the Treaty of Rome- the foundation of the EU
Celebration of the 50 year anniversary in Tokyo of the Treaty of Rome that laid the foundation for the European Union
Celebration of the 50 year anniversary in Tokyo of the Treaty of Rome that laid the foundation for the European Union

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i-Tunes stores and mobile music

Japanese consumers clearly express their preference:
99.8% of music downloads are to mobile phones, and 0.2% of music downloads are to PCs and portable MP3 players.

Clearly Japan’s internet music services did not offer what consumers want: internet music downloads to PCs and portable MP3 players recently dropped from

KDDI is doing pretty well with music downloads - even compared on a global scale with i-Tunes
KDDI is doing pretty well with music downloads – even compared on a global scale with i-Tunes
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Prepaid mobile phones in Japan…

Prepaid mobile phones are a huge business in Europe.

In Japan prepaid mobile phone numbers are tiny, and NTT’s new CEO just announced that NTT-DoCoMo is planning to stop offering prepaid mobile phones altogether.

Find detailed statistics and market shares per operator for Japan’s prepaid market in our report on Japan’s telecommunications sector.

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