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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How to Enter the Japanese Market Without Really Trying (Protip: You Can’t)

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 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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4 cost-effective steps to present your startup to the Japanese market [Summary]

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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Japan’s Investment Property Market – 2016 Summary, 2017 Forecast

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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Why is it a great time to do Business in Japan now?

With its large economy and industrial maturity, Japan has been one of best markets to attract worldwide business. However, Japan has also remained one of the most difficult markets to enter successfully. Possible reasons for this include: Communication and Language it’s ‘far east’ location a unique culture and a history of over 200 years of …

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