January 2002 Issue

On the cover: Dr. NakaMats takes notes on his waterproof Plexiglas pad while relaxing in his pool. The inventor says he is the man to lead Japan out of recession

January 2002
No. 27


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January 2002 Issue

Upfront

  From the Editor
From the Editor
 
 
  The Internet Cafe Cartel
Business decisions in a Korean enclave in Tokyo may provide a glimpse into the future of Japan's wired cafe society.
 
 
  Small, Self-Funded, Stubborn _ and So Far Successful
Technobahn takes on the big boys in the financial information market.
 
 
  Dr. NakaMats: Japan's Self-Proclaimed Savior
With more than 3,000 inventions to his name, including an early version of the floppy disk, the doctor says he's halfway to his goal.
 
 
  Lambs in Cyberspace
The Net Brings life on a New Zealand farm to classrooms in Kyushu.
 
 
Radar Screen
www.rescuenow.net
 
 

Features

  The year ahead - Looking for Hope in a Shattered Economy
The J@pan Inc editorial team makes some dire predictions as Japan limps into the new year. But several experts help point the way to sectors that are likely to show some life in 2002.
 
 
  Kei(tai)retsu
Japan's wireless giants have built on the old keiretsu model of corporate relationships to create a much more subtle -- and potentially more powerful -- structure.
 
 
  Power, Style, and (Cough) Smog
Are traditional ideas about cars running out of gas?
 
 

Investor Insight

  A Word from the Publisher
A Word from the Publisher
 
 
  Consumer Finance Sector
Market Size and The Threat of Saturation..., Competitive Environment and Future Earnings Growth..., 2002 Share Price Trends.
 
 
  ACOM: Finding Growth in Japan
An Interview with Shigeyoshi Kinoshita
 
 
  Japanese Equity Market in 2002
Jonathan Allum is a London-based Japan strategist for KBC Financial Products. Allum was previously a Japan strategist for ING Baring Securities, and has 20 years of experience in Japanese financial markets.
 
 
Market Watch
Investors reassessing Cybird after nearly a year as a listed company are sure to be wondering this: Is Cybird a stock that can fly back towards its peak share price of JPY1.1 million (currently JPY525,000), or is it just another turkey waiting to get gobbled up by the ferociously competitive content market?
 
 
Guidelines for Fund Managers Investing in Japan
Sometimes disclosures are only skin-deep -- insights from due diligence performed in the field.
 
 
Japanese Convertible Bonds and Their Use by Small Cap Fund Managers
 
 

Reports

The Japanese Perception of AIDS
Can i-mode play an educational role?
 
 

Blowfish

  Animal House
 
 

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