Jason Ball

An Australian, living in Tokyo for 15 years+. Keen networker in Tokyo & online. Over 3,350 direct Japan connections on LinkedIn alone, 12,750 total, approaching 20,000 Japan based members of a 55,000+ member LinkedIn community that I own and run... and striving to know every contact in Japan, in-person.

6 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Job Hunting In Japan

Summary of Savvy Tokyo Article: You can and should read the whole article here. Chiara Terzuolo is “Foreign, a Woman, (and was), Looking For Job” and this is a quick summary of her Lessons Learned getting a job in Japan from outside the country, published on the great SAVVY TOKYO. Despite speaking Japanese (English and …

6 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Job Hunting In Japan Read More »

JapanTravellers

Young Japanese Women Lead the Way in Overseas Travel – [Summary]

This is a summary of a Nippon.com article translated from the Japanese and you can read the whole thing in English here and in Japanese here. In 2018, an estimated 12.6 million Japanese people took trips abroad. The number of Japanese traveling overseas set a new cumulative record of 19.0 million in 2018, after a …

Young Japanese Women Lead the Way in Overseas Travel – [Summary] Read More »

Five million for a crab?

Five million yen for a big crab from Tottori? Why that’s not a crazy price

The media has had fun with the story of a crab which sold for five million yen ($46,000 USD). They implied it was a massive waste of money and a sign of Japan’s eccentricity with food. Look deeper into the issue, though, and you can find solid business reasons why somebody paid so much money …

Five million yen for a big crab from Tottori? Why that’s not a crazy price Read More »

Skyscrapers in Tokyo

“Watch out China!” – A warning from the top of a new Tokyo tower

They are still building amazing skyscrapers in Tokyo. A huge one opened in Shibuya this week, with stunning views of the metropolis. There’s much excitement high above the scramble of the city. But there could be disaster if prices fall. The Japanese know that skyrocketing prices for buildings can cause a property price bubble. And …

“Watch out China!” – A warning from the top of a new Tokyo tower Read More »

Selling in Japan: E-commerce Landscape in Japan [Summary]

This is a summary of the e-commerce landscape in Japan and the three marketing trends you should know before selling products online in Japan from btrax’s blog, freshtrax. You can read the full article here. Japan ranks as the world’s 4th largest e-commerce market following China, the United States, and the United Kingdom. It might …

Selling in Japan: E-commerce Landscape in Japan [Summary] Read More »

japanese business incorporation

Japan Company Incorporation [SMEJapan Business Guide Summary Series]

This is the first in a series of Summaries of the detailed Japan Business Guides put together by Business In Japan core partner, SMEJapan.com. The SMEJapan business guides are free resources for entrepreneurs to help them understand more about doing Business in Japan and stepping through the process of Japanese company incorporation. If you want …

Japan Company Incorporation [SMEJapan Business Guide Summary Series] Read More »

Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan

Learning to Change: Three steps to a successful Market Entry in Japan [SUMMARY]

This is a summary of a post by Dominic Carter, longtime Japan market researcher and strategist from CarterJMRN, a strategic market research agency in Japan. Pondering why some famous brands win (Starbucks and Disney) and many more fail with Japan market entry, Dominic presents in considerable detail, his three golden rules to a successful market …

Learning to Change: Three steps to a successful Market Entry in Japan [SUMMARY] Read More »

Japanese Website Design Trends: 3 Consumer Behavior Traits to Consider [Summary]

This is a summary of the three consumer behavior traits that affect Japanese website design from btrax’s blog, freshtrax. You can read the original article here. Characteristics of Japanese Web Design Japanese websites are known to be busy and text-heavy because Japanese customers want to see as much information as possible when looking at websites. …

Japanese Website Design Trends: 3 Consumer Behavior Traits to Consider [Summary] Read More »