Caylon Neely

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Effectively Globalized Japanese Companies’ Habit #1: Aim to be ‘Glocal’ Market Leaders

Focus on Global Markets Our first and most important “globalization” habit for a Japanese organization is to think global and act local, in a “go glocal” strategy, as first expressed by Akio Morita for the Sony Corporation he founded. To achieve profitable growth in each of its main global target markets, a company needs to …

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Tokyo’s Peak Tourism Problem and How to Solve It

If you haven’t visited Asakusa in the last few years, you’ll probably be surprised by how much things have changed. At least if you are identifiably western in appearance, you’ll be greeted by a chorus of “Welcome to Japan!” from over enthusiastic hawkers pushing their tour, English menu or rickshaw ride. I can still remember …

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5 Lessons I Learned From Starting a Business in Japan

Can foreigners start and build successful businesses in Japan? Is it worth risking a comfortable full-time job and heading down a path of uncertainty? The answer I think is a resounding yes. There are a lot of challenges, highs and lows and here are 5 lessons I learned from starting my business in Japan…. click …

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The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Japanese Global Companies

Inspired by the title of the influential Seven Habits of Highly Effective People bestseller by Dr. Stephen Covey, I will look at the underlying mindset and behaviors necessary for the successful globalization of Japanese companies in the most significant areas, as expressed by seven key business “habits.” My definition of “globalization” here does not mean …

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The Demand for Smaller Units in Japan’s Second Tier

With the trickle-down effect of investments into the second tier markets, we analyze why smaller units in this fast-paced market only last a few weeks, or sometimes just days. Investment Highlights Location: Japan’s second tier refers to Sapporo, Fukuoka, Nagoya and other metropolitan cities outside of Tokyo, located close to colleges, schools, hospitals and shopping. …

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A Basic Primer on Federal Income Tax and Social Security for US Expats Residing in Japan

A year and a half ago, I arrived in Tokyo from the United States with my family in tow. This is my sixth sojourn in Japan, my first time to spend more than a year at a stretch in the country, and the first time to reside here with my family. One of the things …

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Japan Real Estate Property Investment Market – Part 1

Uniquely Japan I’ve been intimately involved with Japan, its business environment, culture and etiquette for the past 14 years or so. I’ve lived here, on and off, for over 5 years. I speak the language (or at least, a very domesticated, casual version of it), and have, in recent years, even had some limited success …

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