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.

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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Mie prefecture; one of the best prefectures to do Business In Japan

How many prefectures in Japan do you know? I suppose, many people know urban areas such as Tokyo and Osaka. The topic of this article is Mie prefecture, one of the best prefectures in Japan for doing business. You’ll understand the attractiveness of Mie prefecture after reading this article. Mie prefecture is located in the center …

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Creating a high quality niche business networking event in Tokyo

Planning a business event in a megalopolis like Tokyo is like planning a military campaign—you’re facing an array of opposing forces and a logistical minefield. There are so many business events going on in this city that motivating your potential audience to commit to yours requires all the strategy you can muster. I’ve done this …

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