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Elliott and Associates Research Global Markets: JAZA bans Taiji dolphins in Japanese facilities

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JAZA (Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums) have finally announced that it won't permit its members anymore to purchase dolphins from Taiji after an international body suspended its membership on ethical grounds.

 

During an emergency board meeting of JAZA, 99 out of 142 of its members decided to vote in favor of remaining associated with the WAZA (World Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and agree in the latter's condition to stop buying Taiji dolphins.

 

WAZA has previously suspended JAZA for its unethical procurement of dolphins from the infamous town of Taiji and has recently threatened to expel JAZA if it continues with the practice.

 

"JAZA board decided that JAZA will prohibit its members to acquire wild dolphins caught by drive fishing in Taiji and to take part in their export and sale. It is our wish at JAZA to remain as a member of WAZA and thereby contribute for the zoos and aquariums," JAZA said in its statement.

 

The board's decision to stay in the international association will keep them connected when it comes to rare animals' database collection, without which it will be difficult to get breeding partners from abroad.

 

Australia for Dolphins' chief executive said that they are pleased that Japan's main zoo body is choosing to stop supporting the business of dolphin hunting. It said in its statement: "This momentous decision marks the beginning of the end for dolphin hunting in Japan. The capture of live dolphins, which sell for up to USD 100,000 is the motivation for the brutal dolphin hunts in Taiji. JAZA aquariums provide up to 40% of total demand for live dolphins from Taiji. So, as of today, the market for Taiji dolphins could be nearly cut in half. Without demand, the hunts won't continue."

 

But its chairman, Kazutoshi Arai, was quick to clear to Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets that their decision should not be interpreted as condemning or criticizing the whaling culture of Taiji.

 

Despite worldwide backlash, Taiji fishermen still intends to continue with the dolphin hunts, claiming that it is already part of their local culture. Taiji's Mayor Kazutaka Sangen said, "We are hunting under the permission of the Japanese government and prefecture, and so we will continue to protect our fishermen and the methods. We will not quit."

 

In Japan, dolphin meat is something of a delicacy but is now gradually losing its market. The industry now is left to provide for the entertainment sector where dolphins sell for very high prices.

 

Around 250 dolphins are known to be among the facilities of 30 members of JAZA consisting of 63 aquariums and 89 zoos. It is estimated by Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets that almost 20 dolphins are purchased by the local aquariums from the whaling town of Taiji annually.

 

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Elliott and Associates Corporate Advisory Tips and Review: Communication Tips for Global Virtual Teams

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One of my designers lives in Turkmenistan. Every day, he wakes up to email and assignments to create beautiful front-end designs from our commercial team in New York and San Francisco. When he’s done, he sends them to a developer in Ukraine to implement. Throughout the day they work on various projects, and when they go to bed our design and development teams in New York take over. The system runs smoothly and it means that my team happily works around the clock — without any one person actually working around the clock.

 

People often ask me about how I managed to build this global engineering team at RebelMouse, and before that at Huffington Post, relaying their outsourcing horror stories and wondering how I got around them.

 

A lot of it comes down to being really intentional about how our globally dispersed team communicates. We can’t take remote team members out for a beer to show our appreciation, so we use other methods. In my 15 years managing remote teams, I have learned to:

 

- Live and breathe your email and make sure the team does too. Currently my team is spread across more than 20 countries. Instant messaging relies on everyone being there at the same time. Email, on the other hand can be totally asynchronous as it fits our time zone difference and odd working hours in general. The only way I’ve found that works is when everyone on the team keeps their inboxes open and checks emails as their absolute highest priority. Without that we operate blindly to each other since there is no tapping someone on the shoulder as there would be in an office.

 

- Give the benefit of the doubt. My team has huge cultural and language differences (although everyone does have a working knowledge of English as the basic way we communicate). We all were raised with different ways of approaching projects, handling conflict resolution etc. It’s essential we forgive each other constantly for odd grammar, odd behavior and instead try to make the beauty of building something together lift us above any confusion.


- Overcommunicate. Especially as part of a startup, it’s sometimes hard to understand where we are going and what we are building. Asking questions all the time helps. I want people to always be inquisitive while also working on the little pieces of concrete stuff that we definitely know. If a question doesn’t get answered because of email overload, I like people to ask again or bump up the thread so that we make sure everyone is on the same page.


- Be intentionally positive. It’s way too easy for things to sound negative in an email. Without tone, body language or anything else, it’s extra important to make sure emails don’t turn into hurt feelings. Sarcasm and deadpan humor can come across the wrong way (especially because humor doesn’t always translate across cultures). But being friendly and approachable – even if it means using lots of emoticons – is always welcome. I try to encourage my team to be overtly friendly in their emails, even if it means they sound less “businesslike.”


- Offer suggestions, not critiques. When you disagree with someone in person, you can often discuss the issue until you’re both on the same page. That’s much harder to do from halfway across the world, when a brief “I don’t get it” can steer the conversation into a dead end. I always tell people to make sure to move the conversation forward: if you don’t like someone else’s idea, can you suggest an alternative instead of simply sharing your dislike? If there’s anything you do like about their proposal, make sure to include that. In general, I’ve found when I have something positive to say, I send it immediately and when I have something negative I sometimes give myself some time to mull it over. I am usually glad I did.

 

As the one assigning the work, you can also prevent communication frustration by making sure everyone has multiple tasks in their queues. That way, if one thing gets stuck in a communication bottleneck, remote employees can move on to the second or third task on their list while they wait for a response on the first task. This keeps everyone moving full speed ahead – no matter where they are in the world.

 

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Elliot & Associates Research Global Markets: Japan in technical recession

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Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets - Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets is the prime global political-risk research and consulting company of the world. We provide information and insights into current political events that affect markets in order to assist clients foresee and react to volatility and opportunities wherever they conduct business.

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Japan's economy surprisingly shrank this quarter instead of getting revived, prompting a delay in the country's tax hike and a possible snap election.

 

Japan's gross domestic product (GDP) fell 1.6% in the July-September period, even with predictions of a rise. The previous quarter marked a 7% contraction which was the most drastic fall since 2011.

 

Surprisingly enough, all 18 economists consulted by Elliot & Associates Research Global Markets predicted a contraction as the average forecast was an expansion of 2%.

 

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Elliott & Associates Research Japan and Global Markets: The challenges of the Japanese economy

 

 

Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster triggered by the giant tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, the country has gone through a difficult transition as a developed country and as one of the global economic leaders.  As of 2012, Japan had the third highest GDP in the world but placed as the top nation with the greatest deficit in its national budget.

 

Several primary factors have brought about the present economic challenges of Japan in relation to the global market which used to be its primary source of its wealth, if not its virtual playground, from the 1960’s to the 1980’s. Here are the reasons for its economic woes at present.

 

1. Decrease in consumer confidence

 

Almost every country that experiences a calamity suddenly undergoes a period of depression, both economic-wise and socially. That is an obvious result to such devastating causes that can disrupt the natural, political and social environment, as well the human infrastructure needed for the delivery of essential public and private services. Business activity slows down as well as the consumption of non-essential goods. People prefer to save whatever resources they have for their daily survival needs.

 

As things improve, however, as they must have already done so in the interim in Japan, people might become more upbeat. Other factors, nevertheless, complicate the situation, as we can glean from the other factors that continue to challenge Japanese society.

 

2. Unbalanced Demographics

 

Japan, not unlike many developed and developing countries such as Singapore, Sweden and others, has a shrinking population with a big part of which is made up of aging citizens. On the average, Japan has a ratio of two workers for each retiree, a rather large and unsustainable ratio compared to its previous more productive years.

 

This ratio means the government will have a harder time sourcing out funds to support its growing elderly population while seeking to address the other side of the equation by enhancing its number of productive workers that will support and sustain its economy into the future.

 

3. Energy Insecurity

 

Ever since the Fukushima event, the use of nuclear energy to provide power for industrial and general use has greatly diminished. Energy shortage and power costs have battered the Japanese economy as if it were a daily tsunami hitting its shores and wreaking havoc over its traditional role as a powerful economic and trade force in Asia as well as in the entire globe.

 

Previously providing one-third of its energy requirements, nuclear energy has almost lost out totally to other power sources (coal or gas) which have to be imported; thus, aggravating the economic landscape that is already bleak as it is.

 

4. Lack of Confidence in Political Leadership

 

Until Prime Minister Abe came out with policies to revive the Japanese economy, the post-Fukushima scenario was a period of gloomy outlook for the nation’s economy. Inviting local and foreign investors to rejuvenate the dwindling economy in the face of natural and global economic causes has somehow given new impetus for people to spend more aggressively than before.

 

The renewed confidence might just be the signal for Japan’s recovery in spite of the existing challenges. However, implementation of new policies and economic thrusts sensitive to the realities of the present will determine how the nation will fare into the near future.

 

5. Establishing Productive Trade Relations

 

One factor that observers have felt must be addressed is the repositioning of Japan as a more active trade partner with growing economies in Asia as well as those in the trans-Pacific Region. The road ahead is not very clear; however, like most nations in general, the prospects of growth are rife. It could be the right direction that Japan needs to reinvigorate its economy and reclaim its position as a leader in global trading.

 

Rising from the literal ashes of the last world war to become a world economic power, Japan is not a newcomer in terms of overcoming great odds and achieving dramatic success and economic development. The character of the Japanese people has been proven time and time again in the past. No doubt, the nation will be able to face its challenges with the cooperation of other nations which share the same challenges. The great nation that once tried to live as an isolated island separated from the rest of the world cannot afford to move on without joining the global family of nations toward a more united, progressive and equitable global community.

 

Reference: “How can Japan compete in a changing global market?”, A round table report, Clara Gillispie.

 

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Elliott Associates Research Global Markets: Corporate Advisory Services

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Approach

 

The Corporate Advisory Services team aids operating companies and strategic investors pinpoint, evaluate, and predict political risks when entering into or expanding within global markets. Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets integrated research platform can be adapted for every customer based on its particular business model, risk-capacity level, and industry classification.

 

Primary Services

 

Event-based monitoring and evaluation to stay up-to-date on political developments worldwide;Quantitative risk measurements and assessments to integrate the business climate across national boundaries;Country risk-evaluations for market entry and transaction-related due diligence; andConsulting services to combine political risk management with customer's strategy and operations.
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Elliott Associates Research Global Markets: About Us

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What We Do?

 

Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets is the prime global political-risk research and consulting company of the world. We provide information and insights into current political events that affect markets in order to assist clients foresee and react to volatility and opportunities wherever they conduct business.

 

Expertise

 

Founded in 2012, the company's title shows its early focus in Asia and Europe, but at present our research scope is worldwide. Our analysts keep an eye on political, s

ocial, economic, and security developments in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and North America. They also observe cross-border issues such as trade, energy and other commodities, financial regulation, global health, and climate change. Our fields of concern include the following:

 

Governance and politics

Economic indicators

Regulatory issues

SecurityInternational and regional relations

Social trends and developments

 

Key Services

 

Our clients — coming from various financial institutions to multinational corporations to government agencies — seek our guidance as they pursue their business in volatile environments. In 2012, we developed the financial community's global political risk index to gauge the relative stability of promising markets. We utilize both qualitative and quantitative evaluations to furnish prompt information on key political drivers globally and to emphasize international trends. We provide the following services and advantages:

 

Direct access to analysts

Political risk assessments

Scenario analysis and strategic planning

Independent research and tailored consulting reports

Quantitative risk metrics and evaluations

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Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets: Japan's Death Spiral and its Economic Effects

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Japan's number of births has hit an all-time low for 4 years in a row, spelling a worrying issue on its already delicate economy.

 

In 2014, the estimated birth-rate in Japan reached a record low of a mere 1 million while the number of registered deaths reached 1.3 million. Such downward trajectory in the country even worsens the already bad situation with a shrinking and aging population.

 

As noted by Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets ( http://elliottassociatesresearch.com ), births in Japan have seen a huge and relentless decline for decades now. Starting in 1973, there was not a year where the fertility rate in Japan hit enough numbers to support a stabilized population. Though there were some recent improvements made, they were still not enough to increase the numbers. The number of deaths that has outnumbered the number of births by the biggest margin yet poses a problem for the government to ensure the small workforce can continue to support growing number of seniors.

 

Experts would say Japan is in a "death spiral" because its demography has been on a bad situation for a long time now that it is virtually impossible to change its trajectory significantly.

 

Data shows that the so-called "death spiral" started in the 1970s and has since proceeded in a gradual but steady decline. Indeed, last year's population decline was a record low but that's already something to be expected every year for the next decades.

 

According to an official from Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets with knowledge of the data, the women of who are of reproductive age are declining which inevitably leads to a decline in the number of kids. To be fair, Japanese women today are having a bit more children on average than they did years ago. However, there are fewer women in the population now who could bear a child so it's still not enough to make up for the difference.

 

Japan's government bond market has been surprisingly strong even in such demographic issues though this cannot be counted on to continue indefinitely. There will come a time that people will realize Japan won't have enough productive citizens anymore and so won't be able to return debts (except perhaps by printing money).

 

The Japanese government has already issued a warning that by the year 2060, almost 40% of their population would consist of seniors. As it is, they are already having difficulties supporting the pensioners that make up one fourth of its total population now.

 

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Elliott and Associates Corporate Advisory Tips and Review Europe Tokyo Paris Asia: Five Tips for Great Customer Service

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It goes without saying that a business cannot survive without customers. Nor can a business thrive without great staff who understand that customers are the reason their business exists.

 

You ask any successful small business why their business is successful and they will tell you they put the client at the centre of their business universe and they hire people who think the same way.

 

Providing customers with what they want while also exceeding their expectations on service is what will make you and your business a great one. Here are my five tips for great customer service(See: http://www.theadviser.com.au/blog/31129-five-tips-for-great-customer-service ).

 

1. Personal touches

 

To beat the big guys in the market, you need to differentiate yourself from their big brand messages. The best way is to emphasise what they can't do or don't do very well, which is the personal touches. Build relationships with your clients!

 

2. Systemise your service offering

 

Personalising your service offering requires a lot of client contact time, so you are going to need to find and keep developing efficiencies in your business processes. As a starting point, look for automation where you can or templates you can then tailor.

 

3. Add value

 

We work to a value formula where 'value = benefit over cost'. Consumers need to see value in your service proposition. Sure, as a mortgage broker, you might offer your services for no charge to the consumer, but so does everybody else. You and your business need to clearly show their value to the client. You must strive to add as must value as possible, and then show clients how this added value will benefit them.

 

4. Set client expectations

 

Doing home loans isn't a simple process. Some customers aren't in a position to borrow money; some loan applications will need extra work with the lender to get them over the line. Be open and transparent about this with the client up front as it will work in your favour every time. If things don't go well, then your clients understood this from the start; if they do go smoothly, then you look great in their eyes because you solved the problem for them.

 

5. Regular communication

 

I've left the most important to last. When I read our customer service feedback surveys, the one message that our clients value the most is our regular communication. We all know what's going on when we deal with the property purchasing and lending process, but you can't lose sight of the fact that clients don't do this every day. Keeping in touch with them as much as possible – even if there is nothing new to tell them – makes them realise you are on top of things and you are working hard for them.

 

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Elliot & Associates Research Global Markets: Japan at the Economic Crossroads

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Rica Morrison's insight:

Japan finds itself once more at the crossroads as it strives to sustain economic expansion amidst an ongoing and challenging consumer-tax increase.

 

Around May of this year, the Japanese economy was showing fairly modest signs of resiliency in spite of the current fiscal tightening. In particular, improving labor market and increasing investment confidence has helped to propel expansion although such an expansion has been greatly affected by the export slump.  With growing world trade, however, annual growth is expected to reach 1¼%, triggering more expansion and an increase in inflation rate.

 

Bloomberg News reported back in May that “with gross public debt surpassing 230% of GDP, a detailed and credible fiscal consolidation plan to achieve the target of a primary budget surplus by FY 2020 remains a top priority to sustain confidence in Japan’s public finances.” Japan has planned a two-year sales tax hike beginning in 2014, with the 10%-target scheduled to be imposed in 2015.

 

In the Second Quarter of 2014, however, Japan’s GDP fell 1.8%, a result of an annualized 7.1% shrinking in the three months through June, according to the Cabinet Office in Tokyo. This was the biggest since 2009 and has put the burden of the economy upon Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ability to manage the country under the present and looming dire sales-tax conditions.

 

In the next quarter, retail sales and consumer spending fell in July, an obvious aftershock of the imposed sales-tax hike. With the next tax levy set in October 2015, the government is getting ready to boost the economic stimulus in order to lessen the impact upon consumers. According to Finance Minister Taro Aso in the first week of September 2014, a contingency stimulus plan will be prepared for that purpose.

 

Prime Minister Abe, according to Bloomberg News, is working to create “a sustained recovery after the central bank’s record stimulus brought initial success in fighting off two decades of economic stagnation.” In spite of the official optimism, the economy faltered in the Third Quarter, with the dismal increase in industrial production in July and August as car sales dropped to a record low in three years.

 

Japan has to find a quick solution to its economic woes as the world prepares to enter into an era of a new Asia-Pacific political and economic cooperation system that is sure to put a lot of pressure upon individual member-nation to come out and compete aggressively against equally competitive and aggressive nations. However, the new system might also bring new hope and opportunities for everyone in general.

 

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Elliott Associates Research Global Markets: Global Energy and Natural Resources

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Approach

 

The Global Energy & Natural Resources team oversees interaction with customers in the energy, mining, utilities, and agriculture sectors. We also initiate and synchronize research in these fields, customizing regional evaluation into pin-point market intelligence, risk control, and strategic-planning support.

 

Our customers include integrated oil firms, major mining multinationals, as well as many of the globe's prime global electric companies and power-generation utilities. Furthermore, we coordinate tightly with the Global Markets Group by supporting energy and commodity enterprise and sector analysis/portfolio management teams within investment companies. We also interact with the other client services groups on various strategic research endeavors and thematic seminars.

 

Primary Services

 

Direct advisory services: We present quarterly commodity status reviews in person, tailor-fitted to customer interests within our wide range of thematic scope. Moreover, clients have full accessibility to Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets research group of directors and experienced top analysts over the phone or online.Tailored projects & consulting: We offer a variety of bespoke services in coordination with Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets regional research teams, including market-entry evaluation, executive memos, monitoring support, strategic goal-setting, country assessments, and sector-intensive comparative risk scenario-setting.Regional and thematic research products: Our group's flagship product is Energy Trend watch, which is furnished to clients weekly. Our clients also receive Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets suite of daily, weekly, and monthly newsletters, varying from event-based notes to forward-looking regional and global viewpoints.
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Elliott Associates Research Global Markets: Our Values

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Mission

 

Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets is the prime global political-risk research and consulting company of the world. Our mission is to assist investors, companies, and public-sector institutions take advantage of the opportunities and control the risks produced by the effects of politics on markets around the globe. We furnish a channel for gifted, innovative, diligent professionals who are fervent on politics and policy — and their direct and longer-term consequences for global trade and finance.

 

 

Values and Principles

 

Elliott & Associates main objective is to offer to our various portfolios of clients with practical insight and excellent service; but our mission rises above what we accomplish to how we accomplish it. Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets is dedicated to the highest ethical principles in our research projects, the supervision of dealings with our customers, the security of client privacy, and in all relations within our workforce. We strive to keep complete political and corporate freedom, to encourage openness in our work, and to provide a product that is unbiased. Our innovative methods are motivated by professionalism, not official position. By aiding our customers in making educated business and finance decisions, we aim to establish a clearer comprehension of the impact of politics on markets, a public need we are privileged to serve.

 

Moreover, we are dedicated to provide significant professional growth opportunities and to develop and uphold a culture that appreciates and compensates enterprise and creativity. We motivate all our workers to create novel and more efficient ways of providing value for our customers. The company's management will continually operate to keep a reasonable equilibrium between the needs of the person and those of the company, and to assure that all workers treat our job and each other with respect. We will enhance and safeguard the Elliott & Associates Research Global Markets name. We will strive to do our best to ascertain that all employees function within a work-place that is as imaginative and enjoyable as it is challenging — and we will provide a service and a work-team we can be proud of.

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