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Welcome to the Tools from Japan store.

As the name suggests, we are all about Japanese tools and the materials used to keep all manner of 'tools' working at their best. We are constantly adding new items to the listings here, so please feel free to take a look around and do check back often to see what is new.

*Important information for August 2014.*

We have moved! Only our physical location, not the virtual one. Due to the move, we're having a few delays caused by the normal 'settling in' process, but are getting back on top of things, and already benefiting from our new environment.

(Update; We're mostly on top of things again now, and definitely benefiting from the new environment.)

*News for September 2014*

During the month of September, there will be price increases on many items in this store. Normally we try very hard to keep any price changes to a minimum, and as small as possible.

Unfortunately, the coming price increases are not ones we can absorb or avoid, and they come from 2 separate sources.

Firstly, the Miki city tool makers organisation has decided that an across the board price increase is necessary. This does not often occur (it's the first we've seen in 5 years), but deemed imperative due to increased manufacturing costs, largely caused by the increase in the consumption tax here in Japan from 5% to 8% that occurred in April. This small tax increase is added each time an item changes hands, so while the increase is small, it is also compounded.

We have not yet been told what the increase will be, but expect all items we sell that are sourced from the Miki area (all saws, planes and chisels) to increase in price.

Secondly, the change in tax has caused an incremental and compounded price increase in many of the items we sell that are not from the Miki area. When necessary we have made adjustments to our prices, but for the most part we've absorbed the increased costs. Unfortunately this cannot continue indefinitely, so most items we sell will likely increase in price to some degree over the coming months. Again, we will try to ensure the increases are as small as possible, but they will be coming.

Any orders placed before the price increases will be locked at the 'as ordered' price. However any items ordered after their price increase will be firm and we cannot revert them to the pre-increase price. I'm sorry, but we do need to make a profit.

The schedule of increases will be "as deemed necessary" and there will be no time table on them. The best I can suggest is to place your order as soon as possible to lock in the 'old' price if this is important to you.

(Do note that most prices in the store are from a time where the JP¥ was worth 20% more than it is now.)

Our apologies for any distress or inconvenience caused.


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