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Livedoor and Fuji-TV

New economy (Livedoor) is knocking at the door of old economy (Fuji-TV) (for details see our “Japan’s Media” report):

Fuji Television headquarters building in Odaiba
Fuji Television headquarters building in Odaiba

Below is an outline of the take-over battle raging right now. The complex cross-shareholding is puzzling, and the reason for it is surprising to the uninitiated: a long time ago there was no radio and no TV, only newspapers. Radio in Japan was born as babies of newspaper companies, and TV stations were born as babies of the Radio stations. So at the beginning Fuji-TV was a tiny in-company venture subsidiary of Japan-Radio (Nihon Hosou). The cross-share holding structure dates from these pioneering days of TV in Japan and has not been touched since – until Livedoor’s Takafumi Horie came along.

Schematics of Livedoor's attempt to take control of Fuji Television Media Group via the radio station Nihon Hosou
Schematics of Livedoor’s attempt to take control of Fuji Television Media Group via the radio station Nihon Hosou

Takafumi Horie’s nickname in Japan is Horiemon. Why? Because many people think that Takafumi Horie looks similar to Japan’s cartoon character Doraemon.

By the way: some media falsely report that Horie is the founder of Livedoor. This is not the case. Horie-san founded a website design company called “Livin’ On the EDGE Inc” in 1996, later renamed EDGE, and many other companies. In 2002 he acquired the free email/ISP company Livedoor.

This battle stimulated us to release our “Japan Media” report.

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Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin wants Vodafone to be in Japan for 10, 20, 30 years

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Shiro Tsuda, 津田志郎, CEO of Vodafone Japan

Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin wants to stay in Japan for the long term according to Bloomberg

Shiro Tsuda (津田志郎, CEO of Vodafone KK for a few weeks) told Bloomberg that global “Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin wants Vodafone in Japan for 10, 20, 30 years”.

Vodafone recruits Shiro Tsuda, 津田志郎, the No. 1 founding employee of NTT’s mobile division

It appeared that Vodafone KK – with the help of a major headhunting firm – had staged a major success, when Vodafone KK headhunted Mr Shiro Tsuda as their Japan-CEO as of December 1, 2004. Mr Shiro Tsuda was the founding employee No. 1 of NTT’s mobile phone division, which later became NTT-docomo.

Shiro Tsuda quits a few months later

This temporary success turned into an embarrassment for Vodafone KK when a few months later, Mr Shiro Tsuda, resigned from his Vodafone KK-CEO position, became non-executive Chairman of Vodafone KK, and soon after left Vodafone altogether.

About one year after Vodafone-CEO Arun Sarun declared to remain in Japan for 10, 20, 30 years, on Friday March 17, 2006, Vodafone and Softbank announced that Vodafone sells Vodafone KK (the totality of all Vodafone operations in Japan) to Softbank, and terminated all operations in Japan.

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Vodafone’s challenges in Japan: Businessweek and Economist analyze the facts

Vodafone quits Japan, sells Vodafone Japan to SoftBank

Vodafone’s challenges in Japan’s advanced telecommunications markets catch attention

Will Vodafone stay in Japan or give up and pull out?

Vodafone’s challenges in Japan: BusinessWeek and The Economist both analyze and comment on Vodafone’s business situation in Japan, where the mobile internet was first implemented successfully starting in February 1999, far earlier than anywhere else in the world.

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Financials: DoCoMo, KDDI, Vodafone

The following figure compares Sales (Financial year ending March 31, 2004), Net profits after taxes(Financial year ending March 31, 2004), and market capitalization (as of February 17, 2005) for DoCoMo, KDDI and Vodafone (in each case consolidated for the global company):

Sales, net income and market cap for docomo, KDDI and Vodafone
Sales, net income and market cap for docomo, KDDI and Vodafone for the financial year 2004

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PENCK (KDDI-AU Designer Series)

PENCK (KDDI-AU Designer Series)

KDDI/AU Designer Series Model PENCK

designed by Makoto Saito Design Office Inc.

Today, February 18, KDDI-AU introduced PENCK – the latest model in the Designer Series, designed by Makoto Saito Design Office Inc.:

Designer: Makoto Saito Design Office Inc.
Data rate = 2.4 Mbps
Music = Chaku-Uta-Full, stereo speakers
Camera = 1.24 Megapixel, incl QR barcode reader
GPS = incl. Naviwalk navigation
and more…

When I was asked to brief the President of Germany, Horst Koehler, on Japan’s technology sector, KDDI kindly loaned me PENCK-phones, which I used in one of the demonstrations for President Koehler of Japan’s mobile phone industry.

PENCK phone by Makoto Saito Design Office for KDDI designer series
PENCK phone by Makoto Saito Design Office for KDDI designer series
PENCK phone by Makoto Saito Design Office for KDDI designer series
PENCK phone by Makoto Saito Design Office for KDDI designer series

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