• DHL Global Forwarding Japan
    June 27th, 2011By Category: Work Tips
    Moving large shipments around the world can be an expensive and complicated operation for companies. DHL Global Forwarding makes the whole process a lot more seamless. Established in 1987, DHL Global Forwarding has offices and branches in Tokyo, Narita, Haneda, Nagoy ... » Continue Reading
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    Cyberattacks just part of Sony’s woes
    June 21st, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    Sony stands out as one of the icons of Japan’s postwar economic success. From transistor radios and tape recorders in the 1950s, it gained an international reputation first for quality, then for innovation and ultimately for products that generated new consumer lifest ... » Continue Reading
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    Foreigners in business: myGengo
    June 21st, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    Many companies have a need for good quality, low-cost translations, whether it is just one sentence or thousands of product listings or apps. This is where myGengo comes in. A start-up company established by Robert Laing and Matthew Romaine in 2009, the company speci ... » Continue Reading
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    Are people hired based on their looks?
    June 17th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    In early February, there was a live TV battle between popular all-girl idol group AKB48 and a bunch of not so cute girls. The two sides got into a heated debate about whether people are judged by their looks or skills. The AKB48 girls disputed the suggestion that som ... » Continue Reading
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    Foreigners in business: Amway Japan
    June 13th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    The direct selling industry in Japan has had a mixed reputation over the years, but companies like Amway have put a lot of effort into enhancing their image and becoming a better partner for both their distributors and consumers. Headquartered in Michigan, Amway, w ... » Continue Reading
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    Foreigners in business: Foreign Buyers’ Club
    June 6th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    When American Chuck Grafft and his wife Kelly started a co-op in the late 1980s to import items that they and their friends in the foreign community missed most from home (bagels, breakfast cereal and peanut butter), they probably had no idea that more than 20 years l ... » Continue Reading
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    Foreigners in business: Starbucks
    May 30th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    When Starbucks opened its first store in Japan in Ginza in the summer of 1996, it redefined the coffee-drinking culture in Japan. The Seattle-based company now has 920 stores in Japan and is on track to open another 50 by the end of this year. In Japan, Starbucks (wh ... » Continue Reading
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    Foreigners in business: Good PR
    May 25th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    For so long in Japan, whenever a company was confronted with a crisis, the CEO or president would apologize and bow deeply at a press conference…and that was about it. That no longer works, as we are seeing in the aftermath of the March 11 disaster. Having a crisis ma ... » Continue Reading
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    Foreigners in business: The Domino effect
    May 16th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    Last Sept 30, to mark its 25th anniversary in Japan, Domino’s Pizza launched an English website (http://www.dominos.jp/eng/) on which you can order everything from pizzas and pasta to hot subs and side dishes. As an extra bonus, the website featured a number of spe ... » Continue Reading
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    Some Things Needed When Incorporating in Japan
    May 16th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    Much has been written about the types of companies one can incorporate in Japan, the kabushiki kaisha, the godo kaisha, and the bureaucratic processes involved in incorporating a company.  While there are a lot of useful factual sources, there seems to be less informati ... » Continue Reading
  • Respect and embrace differences: An educator’s lesson
    May 9th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    On the second and third floors of a small building in Azabu-Juban in Tokyo, there is a preschool that offers children more than studying: it offers them a home away from home, where learning about respecting differences and appreciating others comes before the ABCs ... » Continue Reading
  • Mike Rogers, President of Universal Vision Japan
    May 9th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    Making a successful living in Japan as a foreigner is certainly no easy task. Foreigners working for Japanese firms oftentimes hit glass ceilings and leave out of frustration. Others, perturbed by the difficulty of the language and of the customs of the people, are un ... » Continue Reading