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.

JLPT2019

The JLPT Is a Much Bigger Deal than I’d Thought [Summary]

“The JLPT Is a Much Bigger Deal than I’d Thought” is a summary of the debut post from Alex Farrell‘s blog, “The Kyoto Linguist“, discussing the Japanese language, translation, travel writing and more. The original article is here. Feature image above from https://www.jlpt.jp/e/ – visit for latest information about the JLPT. When Alex Farrell, a …

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Understanding New Trends and Opportunities in Japan’s Luxury Industry [Summary]

This post is a summary of a quite detailed, excellent post from Infocubic Japan, “Info Cubic ─ Online marketing specialists for Japan and beyond” a company I encourage you to check out. The whole post can be read in full here, complete with a large list of source links to read even more! Japan is the second largest luxury market in the world – behind the United …

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Doing Business In Japan – The Airport Economist [Summary]

This is a quick Summary of a great little professionally produced, 20 minute video introduction and interview based guide to doing business in Japan, from Aussie Economist Tim Harcourt, who is ‘The Airport Economist‘. The Airport Economist is a television show and series of best-selling books which bring expertise and insight to global economics, business …

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App Development in Japan, A Love Story IV

The third in a series of articles by Marc Cellucci covering smartphone app development in Japan, from the very beginning up until today. This time the short article, thtat I encourage you to read it all of (very quick read), he discusses a common experience in software development; “crunch time”, where developers have to fit three months’ …

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US puts tariffs on Japanese Steel and aluminum – imported cars, trucks and auto parts next

Considering that the USA wants to put new tariffs on Japanese imported cars, trucks and auto parts after already having imposed tariffs on Japanese aluminum and steel imports, something must be wrong with the relations between Japan and the US, even if the prime minister of Japan recently said that they are good friends. I …

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New Minpaku Law and recent Minpaku Ordinance

If you operate a guest house business, lodge business, hotel business, or an AirBnB business, there are two options to comply with recent regulations. You obtain Hotel Inn License based on Hotel Business law. Or you register your real estate based on the New Minpaku Law (Date of enforcement is 15th, June, 2018) A new …

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The ten commandments (and myths) of staffing your company in Japan

In this Summary of an article by Joe Peters; managing director and recruiting specialist for insurance, e-commerce, and consumer goods at I Search Worldwide K.K., Joe gives us the 10 commandments… on what you shall not do when hiring in Japan. Check out these summarized myths, mistakes and suggestions below, and/or click through to read the …

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Japan Startup Getting Japanese Moms Back to Work: waris.co.jp

This post is a summary of a Podcast originally published at the Excellent https://www.disruptingjapan.com/ by Tim Romero  Executive Summary written by Dakota Midoux, while an Intern at J-Global institute, a company founded by Jon Lynch. Key points: 2011 Tohoku earthquake lead Founder to start a business; an initiative to help Japanese mums and inspired by women’s difficulties in …

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