Interesting write up in the online edition of Business Week talking about the taste making prowess of Japan's youth and young adult market. It seems everyone from H&M to Abercrombie & Fitch are looking to Japan's youth to seize the latest global fashion trends. For its part, the facilitation of trend watching has sparked a new and growing business in Japan. For about $1,000 a day, companies can send their international buyers to Tokyo to shadow a Japanese fashion experts as they visit the hottest boutiques in the city. Armed with generous spending accounts, the foreign buyers snap up goods and send them back to headquarters for production and distribution. It sound a little bit like what all those knock off dress companies do on Oscar Night. Funny thing is, I don't think it's been too much of a secret that a number of global trends be it fashion or technology-related have their roots in the Land of the Rising Sun. So to say Japan is a "pilot" market for global trends is like saying A Rod (unlike the rest of the team) is having a good April, we kinda already know that.