Wanted in Japan: A rebirth of innovation

There is reason to believe that some kind of material good might eventually result from Japan’s disaster, and it’s confirmed by the way this thirty-something Japanese manager is responding to it: „I have been a ‚risk-averse shosha-man [salary-man]’ for 14 years, but I decided to quit my big company job to start my new business this June,” he emailed six days after the earthquake. He had made the decision before the catastrophe (and doesn’t want to be identified because he hasn’t yet told his employer). „After the quake, however, what do you think happened to my mentality? Stronger desire to take the risk to SAVE the nation. Japanese people do a bigger job when they face crisis. My venture will surely start in June, despite the much worse economic situation for a new business to be started.”

Japan’s quake will affect car prices

If you’re in the market for a new car, but especially if you’re looking at a fuel-efficient Japanese model, experts say you’re better off buying now because prices will only get higher in coming weeks as the effects of the earthquake in Japan and the unrest in Libya and the Middle East start to be felt.

Where in the world is cheap labor?

Auret van Heerden is a former anti-apartheid activist who was tortured, imprisoned and ultimately exiled by the South African government. He’s now CEO of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), with offices in Washington, Geneva and Shanghai.

Japan’s quake will effect car prices

If you’re in the market for a new car, but especially if you’re looking at a fuel-efficient Japanese model, experts say you’re better off buying now because prices will only get higher in coming weeks as the effects of the earthquake in Japan and the unrest in Libya and the Middle East start to be felt.