Contributions from the Business in Japan Community

The first 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 exploration of what causes someone to start a company in a brand new, emerging field. The state of Japanese mobile phones before the iPhone. How the iPhone […]

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  It’s no secret the way people are traveling is changing, especially when it comes to accommodations. More and more travelers, whether the purpose of their trip is business or leisure, are looking for a a place to stay that doesn’t feel like a disruption to their daily routine, but instead helps them bring it […]

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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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Ask Japan market entry master Kazuhiro “Steve” Takayanagi how your foreign firm can market to Japanese companies, and his answer is straightforward. “Companies in Japan, large or small, do not want to take risks when they purchase goods or services,” he says. “They’re concerned about their reputation if something goes wrong, so they rely on […]

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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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