Japan Globalization & Market Expansion

Diplomats are struggling to cope with the rising threat from North Korea. South Korea wants the US to send a special envoy to try to prevent a war. Japan’s prime minister also wants robust diplomacy but sees little point in talks at this stage. Japan is trusting the US will step in to defend it. […]

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Can Friendlier Communication Improve Profits? Japanese organizations and their employees wanting to increase profitable growth globally should learn to communicate in a friendlier, clearer, and more persuasive way so that their non-Japanese customers and partners feel they are receiving the highest value solutions. Globally, sales and marketing can be improved by asking more questions to […]

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Only one Japanese university, Tokyo, shines bright in the global education league.  Many others are alleged to be weak intellectually and reluctant to dismiss even the laziest of students. In Japan’s tough education system and work culture, university offers a rare opportunity for personal freedom. So are some students slacking off their studies, knowing that […]

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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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Hitachi is one of Japan’s most skilful problem-solvers. It’s now discovered a way to run waterproof high speed trains along one of the stormiest railway lines in Europe. Hitachi is well placed to weather the political storm of Brexit and do thriving business in Britain and throughout the EU. Read the full article on the […]

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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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