Contributions from the Business in Japan Community

In order to maximize profitable growth, successful global companies need to ensure full contribution by every region, department, and partner towards strategic innovation. This approach was described as “Blue Ocean Strategy” by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne and contrasts with “Red Ocean” strategy which may be described as competing on price with similar products […]

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North Korea’s cheerleaders and politicians have been the centre of attention at the Winter Olympics. Japan’s Prime Minister was in a dilemma on whether to attend. He didn’t want to play into the propaganda of a national enemy. On the other hand, as the next Olympic host, he wanted to support the Japanese team and […]

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Key points: The importance of long term relationships in Japan Understanding the Japanese mindset and trust is the key Hiring staff in Japan: a big challenge (yes, as big as selling)! This Post is originally from Tim Romero’s excellent Website and Podcast;  Disrupting Japan – Your Inside Track on the Startups Changing Japan. Option to Subscribe to Tim’s Podcast are here […]

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Click here for part 1 Alright, so we’ve covered the basics – Japan’s got beautiful cash-flow, zilch to negative capital gain (recently that trend has changed, but no one knows how long this will continue), and the icing on the cake – the best and safest business and tenancy environment one could possibly hope for […]

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The original of this post I wrote for DeepJapan.org (“Real Experience to Enrich your Travel”) and my Profile and other writing on DJ can be found here. Considering attending, or showcasing at a Trade Fair, Business Exhibition or Convention in Japan? Tokyo, already recognized as a global economic superpower is back in the world spotlight […]

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Diplomats are struggling to cope with the rising threat from North Korea. South Korea wants the US to send a special envoy to try to prevent a war. Japan’s prime minister also wants robust diplomacy but sees little point in talks at this stage. Japan is trusting the US will step in to defend it. […]

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Can Friendlier Communication Improve Profits? Japanese organizations and their employees wanting to increase profitable growth globally should learn to communicate in a friendlier, clearer, and more persuasive way so that their non-Japanese customers and partners feel they are receiving the highest value solutions. Globally, sales and marketing can be improved by asking more questions to […]

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Only one Japanese university, Tokyo, shines bright in the global education league.  Many others are alleged to be weak intellectually and reluctant to dismiss even the laziest of students. In Japan’s tough education system and work culture, university offers a rare opportunity for personal freedom. So are some students slacking off their studies, knowing that […]

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A US colonel has warned that Japan’s Self Defence Force is not ready for combat and can’t protect the country. His interview in the Washington Post appeared at almost the same time as a fatal crash involving a US Navy plane in Japan – one of many recent deadly accidents involving American personnel. Is the […]

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The third in a series of articles by Marc Cellucci covering smartphone app development in Japan, from the very beginning up until today. Highlights of this article include: How Apple can take a bite out of you as a developer. The problems with Apple’s submission process, both then and now. Stories of apps that got rejected, […]

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