• Jobs unique to Japan – Yamesaseya
    August 3rd, 2010By Category: Work Tips
    Whatever the field of business, one can usually find some staff who simply aren’t earning their pay. And others may not be good team players who stir up morale problems at the office. To deal with these individuals, a new occupation called “yamesaseya” has appeared i ... » Continue Reading
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    Japanese for your job interview
    August 3rd, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Job interviews anywhere can certainly be stressful endeavors. Even when you know that you’re qualified for the job, the pressure to make the best first impression possible can always throw you off guard. As if all of that weren’t enough stress, tensions fly off the ch ... » Continue Reading
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    Working in the Japanese Games Industry
    August 2nd, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Facebook game maker and hot US start-up Zynga recently announced a joint venture deal with Softbank, setting up a Japanese subsidiary to start bringing popular online social games from the west over to Japan for use on Softbank mobiles and Japanese web services. With ... » Continue Reading
  • Japanese companies building growth on deals with foreigners
    July 29th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    With the recent announcement of a tie-up between Japan's number Internet one portal Yahoo! Japan and world leader Google, a leading Japanese company has stacked up another deal with a US company that sees technology and expertise brought into Japan and new opportunities ... » Continue Reading
  • Getting what you want out of Japan
    July 29th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    As the Japan Real Time blogs report,knowing what customers want is a good business practice, and as Japan prepares to welcome hundreds of thousands more visitors from overseas — particularly from Asia — travel-related businesses here should note that what one group of ... » Continue Reading
  • In Japan, the best bosses are from Aomori
    July 27th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Hokkaido people are outgoing and hospitable; Niigata folk may not say much but they’ll stand by you in a crisis. Iwate breeds patience and endurance; Nara, pessimism and conservatism; Hiroshima, cheery optimism. Tokyo? Full of country bumpkins giving themselves big-ci ... » Continue Reading
  • Tweet and Japan will follow
    July 27th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Twitter Chief Executive Evan Williams celebrated the dramatic growth of the popular microblogging service he co-founded at a dinner event Friday with 500 Japanese fans and promised to learn from them. Zuco / Flikr Twitter has been a huge hit in Japan. As Williams no ... » Continue Reading
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    Time for Japan to internationalize?
    July 26th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Of the two 'lost-decades' that Japan has experienced since the bursting of its economic bubble, there have been few economic success stories. Sure, new products from the likes of Sony or Toyota have been big hits, but since 1991 new and original companies have been f ... » Continue Reading
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    Rakuten’s decision on English not welcomed
    July 20th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Corporate officers who do not become proficient in English in two years’ time will be fired. That was the mandate set forward by Hiroshi Mikitani, president and CEO of Rakuten, which operates the largest Internet shopping site in Japan. We previously covered that move, ... » Continue Reading
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    Are you the next CEO of Softbank?
    July 15th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Two nights ago Softbank held an online webcast introducing their vision for the next 30 years and reviewing their progress over the previous decades. The company was one of the first to invest in Yahoo.com before the dot com boom, then took the Yahoo! Brand to Japan an ... » Continue Reading
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    Japan’s Youngest Billionaire
    July 13th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    If you ever spend time watching Japanese TV you can't fail to of come across ads by Gree, DENA or Mobage-town. The two companies are rivals in Japan's booming mobile content market – producing games and social networks that folks of all ages are happy to spend money ... » Continue Reading
  • Tips for Sales Jobs in Japan Part III
    July 8th, 2010By Category: Uncategorized
    Bobby / Flikr In this part, we will finish off about the all-important idea of the salesperson’s skills that we covered previously in part I and part II. Thanks to David Sweet, Senior Manager at Specialized Group K.K. for working with GP to put these pointers togeth ... » Continue Reading