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.

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The $500 Million Coincheck Hack Exposes Deeper Security Flaws In Corporate Japan – Summary

Background & premise: In January 2018, hackers stole more than $500 million in cryptocurrency from Coincheck, one of the largest crypto exchanges in Japan – the article explains why it happened, and why it is likely to happen again. This is a Summary of an article written by BIJ Member, leader in the Tech Startup …

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Japan: A World-class Destination for Global Business Conventions (…and MICE)

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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How to Enter the Japanese Market Without Really Trying (Protip: You Can’t)

Ask Japan market entry master Kazuhiro “Steve” Takayanagi how your foreign firm can market to Japanese companies, and his answer is straightforward. “Companies in Japan, large or small, do not want to take risks when they purchase goods or services,” he says. “They’re concerned about their reputation if something goes wrong, so they rely on …

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4 cost-effective steps to present your startup to the Japanese market [Summary]

This is a summary of a good article from Hayataki-san’s Blog and the original article is here Hayataki-san presents his opinion that… “There are four primary challenges when entering the market in Japan” Low English proficiency among the general population, an inclination to prefer domestic brands, a shortage of Japanese marketing agencies that do business …

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Japan’s Investment Property Market – 2016 Summary, 2017 Forecast

This post comes from NTI (Nippon Tradings International) – a proxy and buyers’ agency, representing investors purchasing real estate in Japan. You can find more of our posts tagged NTI and/or JapanProperties and can follow us on LinkedIn or Facebook. To begin the new year, we analyzed last year’s forecasts, compared them with current trends …

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Why is it a great time to do Business in Japan now?

With its large economy and industrial maturity, Japan has been one of best markets to attract worldwide business. However, Japan has also remained one of the most difficult markets to enter successfully. Possible reasons for this include: Communication and Language it’s ‘far east’ location a unique culture and a history of over 200 years of …

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Casino’s & Integrated Resorts in Japan – but is Japan ready to accept them?

A potential US$30B market; the holy grail of the Industry This article summarizes the CNN Money article: Casinos’ holy grail: Japan opens door to potential $30 billion industry Japanese parliament passed a new law early December 2016 “The world’s leading operators regard Japan as a holy grail given the potential market size” ~ analysts at brokerage …

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Japan and the Decision-Making Process

Making it successful: decision quality, speed and execution At the management level, I have worked in a large public foreign company, a large public Japanese company and a small privately held Japanese company over several decades.  I would like to present to you the differences in the decision-making process of those three types of companies …

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