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Toyota Mirai as the Future of Cars

December 17th, 2014 - 0 Comments

Yesterday, Toyota finally launched its Mirai fuel-cell vehicle and put it on sale before Honda will follow up soon. Other automakers, in particular Western ones, have to watch out.



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Japan After the Elections

December 14th, 2014 - 0 Comments

The result of today's election will not bring many surprises. But what is in the books for 2015 and the next 12-18 months?



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Freefloat Carsharing for Japan

December 8th, 2014 - 0 Comments

Freefloat carsharing has become tremendously popular in Germany and other European countries. Car2go and DriveNow are rapidly increasing the number of cities they are offering it. North America is already served and China will likely follow soon. But will it ever come to Japan?



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Takata, Gaiatsu and the MLIT

December 6th, 2014 - 0 Comments

The recall problem of the air bag maker Takata has not only become a nightmare for the company itself. The harsh reactions of U.S. regulators also made Toyata and even the Japanese Ministry for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism MLIT move.



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Asahi and the Need for an Opposition

December 6th, 2014 - 0 Comments

The scandal around the Asahi Shimbun is not just a scandal caused by the Asahi Shimbun but a long-term threat for Japan as a civil society.

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Next Keizai Doyukai Chairman Wise Choice

November 29th, 2014 - 0 Comments

Yoshimitsu Kobayashi will become the next Chairma of Keizai Doyukai, the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, which is indeed a promising choice.



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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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