Contributions from the Business in Japan Community

Let me be frank, I work in Digital Marketing in Japan, and I am frustrated. It’s 2017 and here is what I see. I see wonderful companies that have fantastic products that can sell on a global scale. Sadly, these Japanese companies are penalizing themselves with poor websites, and even poorer Digital Marketing practices. As […]

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Visitors to the Tokyo Motor Show have been shown many marvellous machines, designed to carry us into the future. There’s even a car which steps in to calm things down if families start to argue when they are sat inside it! Many articles highlight the weirdness and eccentricity of the concept cars on show. Does […]

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While Japan has no more global mobile phone manufacturers, it does have an unfound asset for international business. For companies involved in 4G enhancement (and later in 5G deployment), the Japanese mobile operators offer a unique source: “Japanese TD-LTE Rare Bands”. B42 (3,500 MHz) and B28 (700 MHz) are already used in Japan and will […]

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Conservatives in many countries, including Britain, would like to emulate the success of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. He has trounced the opposition with a firm right-wing agenda built upon the premise of an economic revival. Yet many analysts say the arrows of Abenomics are missing their targets. Japan’s business magazine, Nikkei Asian Review, claims […]

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After Kobe Steel was revealed to have been cheating on safety standards for decades, the media is full of articles condemning Japanese business culture. The company has admitted it falsified safety records for products supplied to more than five hundred firms, including Japan’s biggest automotive firms and train manufacturers. Other companies recently tainted by scandal […]

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Key points: Japanese companies are too conservative They have the ability to enter new markets but they have a lack of motivation Emerging external solution: shifting investment from R&D to CVC (Corporate Venture Capital) Possible in-house solution: Valuing technical skills rather than academic skills The Real Reason Japan Can’t Innovate & What To Do About […]

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The second in a series of articles by Marc Cellucci covering smartphone app development in Japan, from the very beginning up until today. Highlights of this article include: An analysis of how a seemingly good app idea can lead to dramatic failure. 5 tips on how to prevent the same kind of failure. How flexibility can […]

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Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike has started a political storm which has caused Japan’s main opposition party to collapse. Her followers will now present the main challenge to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in this month’s general election. But Ms Koike herself has said she won’t stand as an MP – ruling her out of a head-to-head […]

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With Japan currently in its longest economic expansion in more than a decade, there is renewed interest by multinationals in doing business here and now is a good time for each to review their Japan specific strategy — if they have one at all. Statistics on the size of the Asian market in certain industries […]

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There are many global companies in Mie prefecture. I would like to introduce one of those companies. What are the reasons why they decide to operate in Mie? Promat Japan Corp. Company Description Promat Japan Corp. is a Japanese subsidiary of Etex, the Belgian housing materials maker. It has manufactured and sold Microtherm; microporous thermal […]

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