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It is not official yet. But Prime Minister Abe will likely dissolve the House of Representatives and call for snap elections. This disappoints.



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IBM, Citrix and Japan's Way into the Cloud

November 13th, 2014 - 0 Comments

The CEOs of both Citrix and IBM have been in Japan this week. And it seems they show Japanese business the way up into the cloud.



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Kuroda Unchained (by Peter Tasker)

November 3rd, 2014 - 0 Comments

Bank of Japan Governor Kuroda took the world by surprise with his unexpected monetary easing last Friday. One of the more interesting comments on this unexpected, powerful and also dangerous step can be read here. Have a look by yourself.



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Olympus, Michael Woodford and Corporate Governance

November 2nd, 2014 - 0 Comments

Last Thursday, I attended an event where Michael Woodford gave a long presentation at a Freshfields event in Tokyo. The ex-president of Olympus and probably the most famous whistle blower in Japanese business history took the 100+ guests through a part of his experience in 2011 (and thus probably through about 50 pages from his book Exposure). Here are a few observations:



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Obuchi Down, Abe Too?

October 19th, 2014 - 0 Comments

Japanese media are expecting METI Minister Obuchi's resignation over her mishandling of political funds as early as Monday. Hopefully, this will not mark a return to one of the major weak points of Japanese politics.



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Last Thursday, I visited an interesting White&Case seminar on Cultivating Entrepreneurs in Japan. The lessons drawn were expected but also king of frightening to me.



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Discussions about the consumption tax increase scheduled for October 2015 are moving into the decisive phase. Prepare for some wrangling and lobbying on this topic over the next 12 months.



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Nishikori's Victory Multiple Symbol for New Japan

October 5th, 2014 - 0 Comments

One hour ago tennis player Kei Nishikori continued his current miraculous run with a home victory at the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo. Look at it closer and you see many promising signs beyond a single successful tennis player.



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Not many Europeans are aware of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020. This is the result of an informal personal survey I conducted over the last 10 days.



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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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