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Chinese Warm Up to Japan

September 11th, 2014 - 0 Comments

This might come up as a surprise. The general mood of Chinese people versus Japan is significantly improving.

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Please find my latest thoughts on the ongoing modularization in the auto industry in yesterday's version of Japan Times. A longer version of this article was also printed in Japanese in the Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun on 1 September.

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Japan No. 6 in Competetiveness Ranking - Really?

September 5th, 2014 - 0 Comments

Japan rose from 9th to 6th place in the Global Competitiveness Index of the WEF, matching its highest position ever. The reality is a bit different though.

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Japan Embraces India and Vice Versa

September 2nd, 2014 - 0 Comments

Yesterday I attended a business luncheon with visiting Prime Minister Modi of India. It was a very interesting event indeed.

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Is Industry 4.0 only a buzzword? Or does it present a branding opportunity for foreign, in particular German firms in Japan? See my thoughts on this in the recent issue of EuroBiz.

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Internal Matter: Upload of Other Articles

August 8th, 2014 - 0 Comments

Dear reader,

as part of the re-launch of this blog we have created a new category "In the Media - Other Articles".

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Shinzo Abe has already visited 47 countries in just 18 months as prime minister. He is sure to shatter the record 48 countries visited by former prime minister Koizumi before long.

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Apology for 2-Month Break

August 1st, 2014 - 0 Comments

Dear readers,

back in May this blog got under attack from hackers, which forced us to completely rebuild the technical structure of this blog. The maintenance work took two months and was just finished yesterday.

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The debate on allowing Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense under specific conditions had its most recent highlight on Thursday. Prime Minister Abe gave a well-prepared press conference on the topic, another display of professional communications of the Abe government.

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Tokyo Selected as Smartest City of the World

May 16th, 2014 - 0 Comments

Tokyo has come out on top in the selection as the smartest city of the world done by the Spanish business school IESE. According to the IESE Cities in Motion Index Tokyo came in first followed by London and New York. Living in and loving this amazing city it comes not as a too big surprise to me. But I had thought that the world will take note of Tokyo's benefits only around 2020, the year of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. Tokyo was chosen to be best for "human capital," but came in 20th in terms of "the environment" and only  125th for "social cohesion" -- a dimension in which half of the world's top 10 cities fall short. But the ultimate message remains the same - No. 1 overall - Congratulations!

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