Contributions from the Business in Japan Community

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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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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  Whether you live in Japan or not, finding the time to study Japanese can be hard; especially when you have a full time job, and even more so with a family! In a day filled with work, food, family and sleep you might only have about 2 hours free. And you probably want to […]

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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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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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Just because someone lives and works in Japan doesn’t mean they are instantly fluent in Japanese. I’ve heard of people who have lived in Japan for a year without even learning hiragana or katakana. The worst case I met was a man who lived in Japan for 17 years and only knew how to order […]

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