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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

FIRST FRUITS OF NIKKEI-FT COLLOBORATION

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It is early days (actually too early) to judge on the new Nikkei-FT Group. But some first signs are encouraging.Read more

SHIFT IN ABE’S PRIORITIES?

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Each year prime minister Abe attends the New Year Party of Japan's three big business federations. Not so this year.Read more

10 PREDICTIONS FOR JAPAN 2016

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And here we go again with my regular predictions for the upcoming year.Read more

ACTUAL BUSINESS SENTIMENT MUCH BETTER THAN PERCEIVED

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Don't be misled by talks of a recession in Japan. The business sentiment is actually somewhere between good and excellent.Read more

TOKYO MOTOR SHOW – QUO VADIS?

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The Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 will decide on the long-term fate of the Tokyo Motor Show. Well, this is an exaggeration but only a minor one.Read more

NAILS THAT STICK OUT – JAPAN PR NEEDS THEM

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Japanese firms struggle in successfully building up a strong international reputation. Own major culprit is often the own PR department. But why?Read more

HOW JAPANESE MEDIA TREAT GERMANY THESE DAYS

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The Volkswagen diesel issue continues to make headlines around the world. Reporting by Japanese media is no exception but it comes with one important and very unique twist. Read more

TOKYO MOTOR SHOW – COMMON TRENDS AND UNIQUE POSITIONING

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Tokyo Motor Show 2015 just opened its doors for the press. And there are a couple of interesting trends to note.Read more

RICE AND PUMPKINS – LDP VERSUS GOVERNMENT

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No Halloween joke. The Abe government stands for pumkings fighting the LDP standing for rice . What do I mean by this?Read more

JAPAN NEEDS FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT – SAYS KEIZAI DOYUKAI

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I was member of a small task force at Keizai Doyukai (Japanese Association of Corporate Executives) on the promotion of FDI. It was a very interesting experience.Read more

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