Caylon Neely

Shinzo Abe’s hope of becoming Japan’s longest serving PM is fading.

He continues to face allegations linking him and his wife to a right-wing organisation which appears to be hostile to China and South Korea. Protests have been taking place outside his office in Tokyo. But Mr Abe is good at escaping from problems: he might well find a way out of this one. Read more …

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Doggy Dad, Mr Son and the 300 year vision for Softbank

Most people in Japan are familiar with a cool white dog who has an unusual name: Otosan, which means “father.” He’s the mascot of Softbank, founded by the hugely ambitious Masayoshi Son. He is Japan’s richest man and its best communicator. His vision is for a company which thrives for the next 300 years. And …

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Effectively Globalized Japanese Companies’ Habit #4: Embrace Diversity: Lead Inclusively and Engagingly

To succeed globally, Japanese organizations may need to ensure that the best workers are rewarded and promoted, regardless of diversity factors, and that all employees want to take responsibility, and feel that they have influence and a voice that is heard. However typical Japanese business communication style is based on hierarchical shows of respect, one-way …

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Why does the foreign press keep criticising Japan’s economic animals?

For some reason business leaders in Japan often say they are economic animals. Perhaps this humility prepares them for criticism when economic growth, measured by GDP, looks weak or sluggish. But is it the right to measure a country’s value using such statistics? In this week’s Japan Story blog, Duncan Bartlett talk to the former …

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Effectively Globalized Japanese Companies’ Habit #3: Innovate from Everywhere

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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Has North Korea caught Japan in a propaganda trap?

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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What You Need to Know to Sell Services in Japan

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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