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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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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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