Jeopardy!

In what direction do you travel when you go through the Panama Canal from the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean?

Answer in the comment section below. The answer will be revealed at next week’s “Jeopardy!”

Answer to last week’s “Jeopardy!”: What trade route connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans? The Panama Canal. The dream of digging a water passage across the Isthmus of Panama, uniting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, dates to the early 16th century and can be traced to the 1513 isthmus crossing of Vasco Nuñez de Balboa. He discovered that only a narrow strip of land separated the two oceans.

Jeopardy!

What trade route connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans?

Answer in the comment section below. The answer will be revealed at next week’s “Jeopardy!”

Answer to last week’s “Jeopardy!”: In most countries, obtaining space of an existing distribution center is a simple matter of paying rent. In what country is the process a good deal more complicated than this? Japan. To obtain space, tenants often need to pay a number of charges. First, they need to pay into a construction contribution fund – typically a one-time payment of about 18 months’ rent, refundable – without interest – after ten years. Second, a security deposit of three years’ rent is refundable only at the end of the lease – again with no interest. Third, there’s the monthly rent. On top of all that, there are various administrative charges to contend with.

Jeopardy!

In most countries, obtaining space of an existing distribution center is a simple matter of paying rent. In what country is the process a good deal more complicated than this?

Answer in the comment section below. The answer will be revealed at next week’s “Jeopardy!”

Answer to last week’s “Jeopardy!”: What are the five most valuable global brands in the world? According to the annual review by BusinessWeek and Interbrand, the top five are Coca-Cola, Apple, IBM, Microsoft and GE.