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54: Brick-and-Mortar is Japan’s New E-Commerce

54: Brick-and-Mortar is Japan’s New E-Commerce

Ten years ago, everyone know that e-commence would drive most retail stores, especially specially stores out of business, and with the Amazon juggernaut plowing ahead, there were very few dissenters. But something very interesting is going on right now. Many...

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52: Taking Akiba Back from The Otaku – Mitsuo Hashiba

52: Taking Akiba Back from The Otaku – Mitsuo Hashiba

Long before the maker movement existed, Akihabara was world famous as a destination for hardware geeks, robotics nerds, and audiophiles and tinkerers of all kinds. Hundreds of tiny specialty shops lined the areas back streets and did a surprising brisk business in items you could not find anywhere else. The internet changed all that. …

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