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RIDICULOUS CALLS FOR MEDIA CONTROL SPUR UP DEBATE AGAIN

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And here we are again. The debate on freedom of press in Japan continues - this time spurred by stupid remarks at a LDP Youth Division meeting.Read more

JAPAN LAUNCHES ITS OWN INDUSTRY 4.0 INITIATIVE

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On 18 June, some 30 Japanese companies launched the "Industrial Value Chain Initiative", the Japanese reply to Germany's Industry 4.0 and similar industrial initiatives in the U.S.Read more

VOICE OF SHAREHOLDERS IN JAPAN

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June is when most Japanese companies hold their shareholder meetings. Does 2015 bring winds of change as hoped for by many foreign shareholders for a long time now? The answer is a clear “yes and no”.Read more

PEPPER LAUNCH MILESTONE IN MANY REGARDS

Today SoftBank's Pepper robot is going on sale and marks a milestone in the development of artificial intelligence and robot technology.Read more

TOYOTA IN DEEP TROUBLE OVER ARREST OF JULIE HAMP

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Toyota reacted quickly and decisively after yesterday's arrest of its newly appointed global communications head Julie Hamp for allegedly importing narcotic painkillers.Read more

FREEDOM OF PRESS – ONE MORE PERSPECTIVE

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Foreign but also domestic observers have recently decried a shrinking freedom of the press in Japan. Various acts by government officials have been interpreted as (at best) inappropriate or (even worse) outright acts of meddling with a free press for the benefit of promoting a more nationalistic policy.Read more

ECONOMIST SEES WINDS OF CHANGE IN JAPAN

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This week's Economist carries a very interesting piece on changes in Japan Inc.Read more

DMG MORI SEIKI AS ROLE MODEL FOR CROSS-BORDER M&A!?!

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Today's issue of Japan's leading business weekly Nikkei Business carries an interesting 10-page special on the merger of former German Gildemeister with former Japanese Mori Seiki. Read more

INDIA’S CLOUT IN JAPAN RISING

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Japan-Indian political and economic relations will intensify. Prime Ministers Abe and Modi think highly of the potential of complementary relations that might serve both countries directly but also help to keep any regional hegemony by China in check. This week two announcements underlined this trend. Read more

CORPORATE SCANDALS EAT UP PROFITS IN JAPAN FASTER THAN EVER

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Many Japanese firms, in particular manufacturers are currently enjoying high profits as described here yesterday. Others suffer - for example those affected by falling prices for crude oil. But one group stands out – regardless of their industry. Those embroiled in corporate scandals are experiencing profit nightmares unseen in the past.Read more

RISING PROFITABILITY AND GROWTH – FIRST MICRO, THAN MACRO

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Many Japanese firms are back, in terms of profitability but also in terms of competitiveness. Toyota's impressive record sales and record profits are only the tip of the iceberg.Read more

TPP TO COME – SOON

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Japanese business people are confident. An agreement in the TPP talks between Japan and the U.S. will come soon. I do agree.Read more

YOMIURI ATTEMPTS TO BALANCE WWII STATEMENT

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The world (at least the U.S, China and Kora) will closely watch Prime Minister Abe's address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress today as he will be the first Japanese to do so in history. It is interesting to see that back at home the conservative and LDP-friendly Yomiuri newspaper has recently issued various comments that warn Abe not to appear too self-righteous, in particular when addressing Japan's role in the world in the past, present and future. Read more

FREEDOM OF PRESS TO REMAIN IMPORTANT ISSUE FOR JAPAN

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Since last year, more and more foreign observers have been criticizing the Japanese government for attempts of meddling with the freedom of press in Japan. They have been now joined by an unlikely partner, the Yomiuri Shimbun. Read more

Japanese firms get strategic in communicating globally

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More and more Japanese firms get serious about globalization beyond exports and transplants. The latest sign is the appointment of foreign specialists as heads of global communications.Read more

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