Japan’s Newly Made Innovative Products
Move It! “Hakobunder,” an eco-friendly Cycle Trailer from Aichi Prefecture-based Belair Systems, features a gutterless joint (patent applied for) designed to attach to the seat post of most bicycles. The noise-free joint has been specially designed to guard against lateral tipping over. The manufacturer foresees such applications as transporting waste for discarding, working home vegetable […]
Only Fast-food Chain in Okinawa
A&W Root Beer, the venerable American fast food chain, only operates in Japan’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa. I suppose the main reason is because of the large concentration of U.S. military on the island. Unlike the paper cups used by other fast food chains, the root beer (which contains no alcohol) consumed on the premises is […]
The Principles of Cheap, Good, and Fast for Business Success
The Principles of Cheap, Good, and Fast for Business Success Many stores are closed due to the new coronavirus, but services essential to daily life are still running. Not only supermarkets and convenience stores but also barbershops are one of them. Recently, there are more places where you can cut your hair at around 1,000 […]
How can we make the sale in Japan?
How can we make the sale in Japan? By Ryoji Shimada “Cold calling is not standard in Japan” Some non-Japanese people ask “What I really want to know is how to do cold calling with the Japanese. I want to know how to call up and make the pitch for a sale.” In my experience, […]
Who is the decision maker in a Japanese company? What is “Senpai” and “Kohai”?
Who is the decision maker in a Japanese company? What is “Senpai” and “Kohai”? “Senpai” and “Kohai”: Japanese-style hierarchy within a company In Japanese companies, ranking is based primarily on age and length of service. Things are changing, but most Japanese multinationals follow the traditional lifetime employment model for their elite employees. New hires enter […]