hosted by CNC - Communications & Network Consulting

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.



Read more

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.



Read more

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".



Read more

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.



Read more

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.



Read more

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.

Read more

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!



Read more

My Thoughts in Japan Times on Industry 4.0

May 11th, 2014 - 0 Comments

Please find my most recent column in today's Japan Times. I argue that recent changes in German (and global) manufacturing summarized under the term Industry 4.0 are of enormous significance for Japan, both as an opportunity and as a threat.

Read more

Abe Talks Big on Defense Exchanges in Europe

May 10th, 2014 - 0 Comments

Prime Minister Abe just finished his week-long trip to six European countries. Probably, his biggest achievement was the agreement to further speed up talks of the EU-Japan economic partnership agreement. In addition, he invested most of his energy to explain the Japan position in the regional conflict with China. But, or should I say and, there was also major talk on future defense equipment exchanges.

Read more

Dubious Testimonial over Nanjing

May 10th, 2014 - 0 Comments

The Japan Times just reported a major dispute over former New York Times Tokyo Bureau Chief Henry Stokes' recent Japanese book on Nanjing. It appears that the book on the British journalist's view on what happened in Nanjing 1937/1938 contains outright right-wing positions, which have been ""smuggled"" into the book and attributed to Stokes by his Japanese collaborators on the book, in particular translator Hiroyuki Fujita.

Read more