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.
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 (
), 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
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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.
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.