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  Wednesday, April 13, 2005 Issue 108 Volume 5 Number 8  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• JAPAN -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY
• KWINTESSENTIAL COUNTRY PROFILES
• GREAT CIRCLE MAPPER
• KIDS SEARCH ENGINES

Hello International Traders!

You asked for more information about Japan, so I found the premier site on Japanese trade, and I profile it in this issue. Then, I've got a site that will help you map flight paths for anywhere in the world. Need help with business etiquette in another country? I have a site that will get you up to speed quickly. Finally, all you parents will appreciate the site I found with reviews of kid-safe search engines.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.

JAPAN -- OUR FEATURED COUNTRY

With the world's third-largest economy, and imports of US $346 billion in 2003, Japan is a major player in international trade. A very good portal to Japanese trade is JETRO ( http://www.jetro.go.jp ), the Japan External Trade Organization. This government backed Web site has a wealth of information that will help you make contacts and get leads for doing business with Japan. There are articles and resources, detailed market reports, a business matching service, statistics and surveys, information about standards and regulations, case histories of companies that have succeeded in trade with Japan, a database with trade fair listings, and much more. The main site has plenty of useful information, but you can also get specific information for Japanese trade with your country by clicking on a country in the upper left corner of the home page.

There are many more links to Japan at the FITA site. Go to http://fita.org/webindex/index.html, click on Regional Resources and Multi-Lateral Trading Areas in the left column, then scroll down to Asia and click on Japan in the drop- down box. Or simply type "Japan" in the search box at http://www.fita.org.

And FITA's Global Trade Book Store has a many books about doing business in Japan. Check out especially Going to Japan on Business, Success Secrets to Maximize Business in Japan, Passport Japan, Japan Business and search for "Japan" in the book store search box on the left bottom of the Global Trade Book Store.

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KWINTESSENTIAL COUNTRY PROFILES


In matters of punctuality, I would probably do well in southern Italy, where they have a relaxed attitude toward time. Norway, by contrast, is not the country for me, since punctuality is extremely important in business there. I learned these things from Kwintessential Country Profiles ( http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/country-profiles.html ), a site with cultural and business etiquette information. Scroll down the page to see profiles of dozens of countries, with information about language, religion, family values, meeting etiquette, dining, dress, negotiating, and much more. There is also a page with useful phrases for some of the world's main languages.

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According to Tom Huynh of AAA Wholesale Distributor, "...Worldbid.com [FITA's partner powering the Buy Sell Exchange] has given us an opportunity to conduct our [giftware] business worldwide."

Click here to boost your trading with the FITA Buy/Sell Exchange, powered by Worldbid.com.


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GREAT CIRCLE MAPPER

If you've ever wanted to see a map of an airplane's flight path, the Great Circle Mapper ( http://gc.kls2.com ) is for you. A great circle path is the shortest path on the surface of a sphere between two points on that sphere, and it's the term used for mapping flight paths. Just type in the airport code in the "Paths" box and click on "Display Map". You can search for codes at the Lookup ( http://gc.kls2.com/cgi-bin/gclookup ) Page. It's probably best to visit the FAQ ( http://gc.kls2.com/faq.html ), because you might need some help with the technical stuff if you're not a pilot. There are also links here to detailed information and maps of airports worldwide.

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KIDS SEARCH ENGINES

My kids use the Web almost as much as I do, and like all parents, I worry about that. Besides worrying that they don't get enough time outdoors, I worry about the dangers of cyberspace, including porn sites that turn up on search engine hit lists. I'm happy to report that Kids Search Engines ( http://searchenginewatch.com/links/article.php/2156191 ), a page at the Search Engine Watch site, has some solutions to this problem. This article has reviews of kid-safe search engines, and tips on using the filtering options of the major search engines, plus links to software that filters out objectionable sites.

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