Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera and DDI (KDDI), rebuilds Japan Airlines using Amoeba Management (アメーバ経営)

Kazuo Inamori (稲盛 和夫) one of Japan’s legendary serial entrepreneurs Japan Airlines (日本航空株式会社) turnaround from bankruptcy Bad news from Japan’s electronics industry sector makes global headlines this week (I was interviewed on BBC, US National Public Radio etc) – in this newsletter, lets look at some good news from Japan. Kazuo Inamori (80 years old, […]

Financial instability of Japan’s electricity companies started in 2007

Financial instability of Japan’s electricity companies started long before the Fukushima nuclear accident Japan’s electricity companies ran into financial instability long before the March 11, 2011 disaster It is often assumed that the financial difficulties of Japan’s electricity companies are caused by the shut-down of almost all Japanese nuclear power stations within 13 months of […]

Japanese electronics groups need new business models (BBC-interview: Yen ‘not the cause of woes of Japan’s electronics firms’)

Japanese electronics groups combined as of similar size as the economy of the Netherlands Over the last 15 years combined annual sales growth was zero, and combined annual loss was US$ 0.6 billion/year Japan’s “Big-8” electrical groups (Hitachi, Panasonic, Sony, Mitsubishi-Electric, Sharp, Toshiba, Fujitsu, NEC) combined are of similar economic size as the Netherlands. Over […]

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