Groupon learns Japan ropes
Doing business in Japan can be a, well, tricky business. Just ask Andrew Mason, CEO of exponentially expanding online discount specialist Groupon, who ended up posting a personal apology video to customers here on YouTube after a flub in orders for Japan's prized traditional new year's meal. Certainly, Groupon Japan appears to be learning to offer local deals that have specific local appeal. One of the more exotic deals on offer is a chance to take in a "new-half," or drag, show in Tokyo's central Roppongi district, currently going for 56% below the 20,000 yen going rate. About 240 Grouponees have purchased the ticket for 8,800 yen.
(Wall Street Journal, Jan 18)
On Saturday at around 11:30 a.m., officers arrested Hideaki Shoji, a resident of Yokohama, after he allegedly came up from behind a 21-year-old female college student and shot digital images up her skirt as she stood on a platform at Kuhonbutsu Station in Setagaya Ward. (Tokyo Reporter)
A panel of Japan's main ruling party will consider drawing up a law to ban 'revenge porn.' The term applies to the practice of posting sexually explicit images of former lovers on the Internet. (NHK)
Police in Chiba Prefecture said Thursday they have arrested a 41-year-old man for cutting the skirt of a junior high schoolgirl on a train. (Japan Today)
A 12-year battle for justice took an enormous financial, emotional and physical toll, says Catherine Jane Fisher. But for the Australian teacher of English and mother of three, it's time to savor a landmark court victory. (womensenews.org)
A Chiba prefectural policeman has been arrested for repeatedly sending emails to his former girlfriend following their breakup. (Japan Today)