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GETTING RID OF SEALS

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This is a small revolution. Resona Bank will no longer require seals for customer procedures.Read more

THE FUTURE OF MITSUBISHI MOTORS

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Yes, the title of this post describes what nobody knows as of today. And this includes me. But I want to share a few clues of what it might look like it.Read more

BERLIN HOLDS LESSON FOR TOKYO – THINK TOURISM, THINK AIRBNB

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Japan struggles in providing hotel rooms for the rapid increase of foreign tourists. Berlin is facing a similar problem and just reacted in a way that holds major lessons even for Japan and its internationalization.Read more

G-7 EVENT PLANNING IS PROOF FOR SMART ABE GOVERNMENT

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You do not need to be a fan or an outright opponent of the Abe government (I am neither) but you have to accept one thing. It acts smarter and in a more strategic way than most of its predecessor governments.Read more

HON HAI TAKE-OVER OF SHARP IS GOOD NEWS FOR JAPAN

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On Saturday, history was made in Japan. For the first time, a foreign company outrightly took over an industrial icon - a step which will hopefully turn out to be a milestone for an opening up of Japan Inc. with overall positive effects.Read more

FINTECH REVOLUTION IN JAPAN TAKES LONGER

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Japan is a laggard in embracing the fintech revolution. And there are few signs that this will change soon.Read more

DECISION TAKEN: TAX HIKE TO BE DELAYED AGAIN

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No, the actual decision has not been taken yet. But the odds for another hike delay look to me extremely high as they do for anybody who knows how the Japanese system works.Read more

SETBACK FOR NUCLEAR ENERGY IN JAPAN

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The injunction to halt the Takahama nuclear reactors has surprised many and might have major long-term implications.Read more

COMMUNICATIONS IN JAPAN IS DIFFERENT – AT LEAST UNTIL RECENTLY

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Island mentality, infamous press-clubs and an all-mighty Nikkei. No wonder that media and communications used to work differently in Japan.Read more

HOTTER THAN THE SUN – CARLOS GHOSN RELOADED

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One reasons for the success of Carlos Ghosn in Japan has been the relative absense of other charismatic business leaders.Read more

SHARP MIGHT BECOME TAIWANESE (AND JAPAN MORE GLOBAL)

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For the first time, it looks as if Taiwanese Foxconn might beat INCJ in the fight for becoming the main investor into Sharp.Read more

JAPANESE FIRMS NEED SPECIALISTS

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The argument is old but unfortunately still true. Japan needs more specialists.Read more

OPENING UP OF JAPAN INC?

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Japan Inc. is a synonym for Japan's closely knitted network of business and politics that rarely allows outsiders, read foreigners, to make inroads. Don't mix it up with INCJ.Read more

DOUBLE FLEXING OF JAPAN AUTO MUSCLES

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Three simultaneous annoucements underline the strength of Toyota and Japanese automakers. Watch out.Read more

Japanese Semiconductor Industry – Quo Vadis?

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Japanese chip makers once dominated the world market. Now their future looks less secure than ever.Read more

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