The ‘JIN’ Japan Inc Newsletter
A weekly opinion piece on social, economic and political trends
Issue No. 455 Wednesday March 5, 2008, Tokyo
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J@pan Inc March/Arpil 2008
The March/April edition of J@pan Inc magazine including our
recruiting special feature, is out now. Here are the highlights:
The Trade in People
What does the downturn in financial optimism in Japan mean for
recruitment companies? For decades, foreign firms have found the
market ripe for Western style headhunting and recruiting
techniques that had previously been culturally incompatible with
the ‘one company for life’ tendency prevalent in Japan. However,
the recruitment bubble may be close to bursting. For one,
foreign headhunters are no new phenomenon and they now face a
number of domestic competitors as do the agencies. Additionally,
many of the companies that have done well until now are
specialists in IT or financial services. With the prospect of
cutbacks, what type of firms will survive? Will it be the
all-encompassing giants or more likely the niche outfits?
A former recruiter and industry expert gives his view.
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Also in the recruitment feature:
Personnel Perspectives, we take a look at three different
perspectives of employment: the candidate, the recruiter the
employer. Also includes our undercover investigation into the
life of a headhunter with our exposure of the top five ‘sneaky
things that bad headhunters do.’
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CEO Interview: Junichi Fujimoto, FON Japan
Junichi Fujimoto, the man on our front cover, was the first
Represetative Director of Livedoor back in 1998. His original
vision was always of free Internet access for all. Now heading
up FON in Japan, Fujimoto shares his hopes of bringing Japan
into the fold of the largest WiFi community in the world. FON,
started by Argentinean entrepreneur Martin Varsavsky, allows
users of the network to set up and maintain nodes of the network
(connected to the Internet via commercial ISPs) and, in return,
are able to use the nodes of other uses. In other words, an
official and commercially sanctioned version of Internet access
socialism. Fujimoto has managed to do a deal with Livedoor to
merge the FON networks together in a bid to massively expand the
FON network in Japan.
To read more:
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The Father of Invention
Kujiro Kawakita is a patent attorney, an entrepreneur and an
inventor. When he invented the Quick-Strap, a strap for bags and
cases that can be adjusted and secured to avoid picking up dirt
or causing obstruction, he found a way to combine his three
roles. He was able to patent the invention himself and then make
a successful business out of selling the sales licenses. Buoyed
up by his own success and having proved the merits of a business
whose theory he had always believed, Kawakita is now an
evangelist for it. Not only does he advise entrepreneurs and
smaller businesses who come to him on how to manage their IP,
he also encourages them to sell licenses and make good money
without having to take on masses of staff. He even visit
colleges to share his experiences with the next generation of
inventors and educates them about the importance of protecting
their IP and ways they can start to build a successful one-person
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Is The Customer A False God?
James Mok’s third part in his series of articles about the
Japanese IT industry. This time he singles out the Japanese
reverence of the customer for critical analysis. While serving
customers and keeping them happy is vital to the survival of
any business, if it is allowed to compromise standards and
interfere with necessary and mutually beneficial growth and
development, it can ultimately be counter productive. Drawing on
his experiences of working in the IT industry in Japan, as well
as featuring interviews with senior management, Mok underlines
the need for more figures like Carlos Ghosn who famously
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Other articles include:
Business Break & Trends in Japan
Our regular round-up of new businesses and business news.
Measure for Measure
Industry statistics, a corporate profile, and a focus on retail
giant Don Quijote make up our new column of useful Japanese
Exclusive Interview: Michel Lachaussee
J@pan Inc talks to the President of the French
Chamber of Commerce in Japan
Perspectives on Tokyo Living & Real Estate
Kenneth Arbour, President of Century 21, writes about the
challenges of relocating to Japan
Changing the Status Quo
Brad Frischkorn examines the future of stock exchange
technology in Japan
Politics: A Profile of Shigeru Ishiba, Minister of Defense
Adam P Liff takes a deeper look at this key LDP politician
The cedar tree from the Hida region and its new role in
Chris Clearly turns market perception on its head in his
analysis of the current situation
This issue includes an online market history quiz
Inside Out: Business in Venezuela
Is Chavez’s bark worse than his bite?
Matthew Heath writes about his hobby – jumping out of planes
Bubbles for Brunch
Take a tour of the best champagne brunches in Tokyo
Reinventing Western Fashion
Discover Bunka Gakuen, Japan’s oldest and largest school
Arrivals & Departures
Who’s coming and going in the Tokyo international business
Back & Forward
Ken Worsley’s satirical take on the economy
It just got harder!
I hope you enjoy our latest issue.
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This event features leading speakers from Daihatsu Motor,
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