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Gerhard Fasol

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Japan’s energy – myths versus reality

Overview of Japan’s Data Center Landscape, Opening Keynote

Apple-Samsung Patent War and Impact on Japans Industries

  • Gerhard Fasol
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 12:00-13:30
  • Foreign Correspondents Club Japan (FCCJ), Yurakucho
  • “Apple-Samsung Patent War and Impact on Japans Industries”

In a global war to dominate the smartphone market, Samsung and Apple have been at each other’s throats, playing out the war in courts around the world and accusing each other of patent violations. A California court recently ruled in favour of Apple and ordered Samsung to pay $1 billion, a figure that could rise dramatically when the case is played out. Samsung has won minor battles in the U.K., Japan and Australia, but with new mobile phone models and tablets being introduced by both firms, the war is only going to get bigger and bloodier. In Japan local manufacturers are being marginalized and even fighting for survival.
Japan-based expert Gerhard Fasol will return to the FCCJ to shed light on the Apple-Samsung dispute and how it impacts the Japan market, Japan operators and Japan manufacturers.

Gerhard Fasol runs Japan’s Eurotechnology K.K. consultancy (, has advised the president of Germany, JETRO and number of Japanese companies involved in high-tech industries and has authored Japanese patent applications. Fasol, who has written a number of books, graduated with a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University and was a tenured professor at Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory, a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Solid States Sciences in Germany, a manager of one of Hitachi’s R&D labs and was Director of Studies at Trinity College, Cambridge.

“Cash Goes Mobile and Electronic: First to Market in Japan, and Then What?”

The beauty of Japan’s Galapagos Effect – and how to go beyond

A Snapshot of the Current Mobile Market and Opportunities in Japan

  • Gerhard Fasol
  • Tokyo, June 17, 2010, 18:30
  • Beacon Communications, Tokyo-Ebisu
  • International Computing Association, Tokyo

The beauty of Japan’s Galapagos effect – and how to go beyond

Will cash become obsolete? Next-next generation electronic and mobile payments in Japan

Understanding Ludwig Boltzmann

  • Gerhard Fasol
  • April 21, 2010
  • National Institute for Standards and Technology NIST, Washington DC

Next generation Electronic Payments Solutions

Japan’s media revolution – a European perspective

  • Gerhard Fasol
  • March 1, 2010
  • Embassy of Denmark in Tokyo
  • for a delegation of media company executives, investors, CEOs, from Denmark
  • for details see our Report on Japan’s Media

Paradigm change of the global mobile phone business and opportunities for Japanese mobile phone makers

  • Gerhard Fasol
  • Friday October 3, 2008, 11:00-12:00
  • International Conference Hall, Makuhari Messe, Meeting Room 302
  • CEATEC Conference, talk NT-13
  • Paradigm change of the global mobile phone business and opportunities for Japanese mobile phone makers

The emergence of iPhone, Android, open-sourcing of Symbian, and the growth of mobile data services are changing the paradigm of the global mobile phone business opening new opportunities for Japanese mobile phone makers. Japan’s mobile phone handset makers have missed most opportunities during the first wave of mobile phone opportunities. The developing paradigm change opens new opportunities for Japanese makers. The talk will explain the paradigm shifts and trends of the global mobile phone handset market, and resulting opportunities for Japanese mobile phone makers, and will indicate how these opportunities can actually be realized

Will The iPhone Trigger A Turning Point In Japan’s Mobile Phone Industry?

  • Press Conference with Tetsuzo Matsumoto, SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. and Gerhard Fasol
  • Wednesday, August 13, 2008, 12:00-14:00
  • Foreign Correspondents Club in Tokyo FCCJ

A German perspective on M&A in Japan

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • June 24th, 2013
  • German Embassy, Tokyo
  • A German perspective on M&A in Japan

A European perspective on M&A in Japan

  • Gerhard Fasol
  • Wednesday June 4, 2008
  • Danish Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Global opportunities for Japan’s telecommunications sector

Mergers & Acquisitions in Japan – Two Views from Tokyo

  • Speakers:
    • Dr Gerhard Fasol, President, Eurotechnology Japan KK and
    • David Syrad, Managing Director/Managing Director Asia, A.K.I. Japan Limited/Change Masters International Limited
  • Friday, April 18, 2008, Sandwiches 12.30: Seminar 13.00 – 14.30.
  • Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London, NW1 4QP
  • event of the Asia-Pacific Technology Network and
  • Daiwa Anglo Japan Foundation in London
  • for details see:
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Help – my mobile phone does not work! – Why Japan’s mobile phone sector is so different from Europe’s

Mobile payment and the future of money

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • Friday March 2, 2007
  • Grand Hyatt Hotel Tokyo
  • CLSA Japan Forum 2007
  • “Impact of mobile payment and the future of money”
  • The presentation covers the following agenda:
    • Can e-money and mobile payment replace cash?
    • Example: mobile payment for the world’s busiest train line
    • DoCoMo’s target for mobile payments
    • Japan’s mobile payment and keitai credit landscape
    • Free markets vs regulation
    • Mifare and Felica chips and radio communications (NFC)
    • Who drives mobile payments in Japan vs elsewhere
    • Growth of SUICA (NFC payments for rail fares and e-money)
    • DoCoMo’s mobile payment and keitai credit strategy
    • Edy – electronic cash
    • A major bank’s mobile payment system
    • Impact
    • Where to invest – who to watch
    • Summary
  • More information:
  • “Mobile payment and keitai credit” (download here)

Mobile Payments (3 hour workshop)

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • Monday, January 22, 2007
  • 3 hours
  • Makuhari, near Tokyo
  • organized by MarcusEvans: “Global 3G Evoluation Forum”

Japan’s Mobile Phone Industry and u-Japan

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • Thursday, 12th October 2006, 17:00-19:00
  • Main Conference Room 4F, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, Tokyo
  • organized by EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation, Tokyo


Japan’s mobile phone and broad-band markets are about 3-6 years ahead of Europe: new services are typically invented or first brought to market in Japan, 3-6 years earlier than in Europe. Internet in Japan is generally much faster and much cheaper than in Europe. For this reason and because of it’s size, Japan’s telecom markets are full of opportunities for European companies with the right products and the right strategy, and for investors with the necessary knowledge.

Japan’s mobile phone industry is notoriously difficult to understand for Europeans because it’s
market logic is very different from Europe’s, and because the pace of innovation and structural change is much faster, and because of the language barriers.

This talk will explain the driving forces behind recent dramatic changes in Japan’s mobile telecom sector, and will explain new changes that the “ubiquitous-Japan” (“u-Japan”) policy will bring in the near future.

Do you need to know what Europe’s mobile phone and internet markets will look like in 2010 or 2015? – Come to this talk and you will get a good look into Europe’s IT future about 5 years ahead, as well as Japan’s telecom markets today.

Panel discussion for about 200 Japanese CEOs and high level managers about the challenges of international business management

  • Five panelists:
    • James C Abbeglen
    • Allen Miner (CEO of Sunbridge Venture Habitat, and founder of Oracle Japan)
    • Kong Jian (China – Japan Economic Federation)
    • Koshiro Kitazato (Chairman of BT Japan)
    • Gerhard Fasol (CEO Eurotechnology Japan KK)
  • May 30, 2006
  • Evening: 18:00-20:00 followed by dinner reception
  • Industrial Club of Japan, Tokyo Marunouchi

Why Japan is several years ahead of Europe in Telecommunications, and what Europe can do to catch up? – briefing on Japan’s telecommunications sector

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • April 24, 2006, 18:30 – 21:00
  • Investor AB: Group of Controllers (CFOs) of Investor AB’s portfolio companies

The Swedish controllers (CFOs) had asked for a briefing on Japan’s telecom industry. Some of their companies are considering to start, re-start, or grow faster in Japan, so there were many detailed questions about business in Japan, what can go wrong, personell issues, experience of other multinationals, and of course a lot of questions about IKEA and Vodafone.

My presentation was similar to the presentation I had given on March 23, 2006 to the Technology Attaches of the Embassies of the 25 European Union countries, which lead the European Union to award our company a project contract about EU vs Japan benchmarking issues in telecoms and key technology areas.

Why are mobile phones so hot in Japan? How can European companies profit from Keitai?

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • March 23, 2006
  • Delegation of the EU to Japan, Tokyo
  • Briefing for the Technology Attaches of the Embassies of the 25 European Union countries in Tokyo

Why are mobile phones so hot in Japan? How can European companies profit from Keitai?

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • February 16, 2006
  • 18:30 – 21:00
  • Embassy of Sweden, Alfred Nobel Auditorium
  • Stockholm School of Economics, European Institute of Japanese Studies

Wireless Tele-Medicine – Technology Trends

  • Speaker, Panel discussion: Gerhard Fasol
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2004, 15:15 – 21:30
  • Swiss Stock Exchange, Zurich, Switzerland
  • First Tuesday Zuerich

Creating a Mission Statement for a Top Ranking Japanese Engineering University and Suggestions for its Realization

Japan’s Mobile Communications Industry

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • June 12, 2003, 18:30-20:30
  • Embassy of Germany, Tokyo
  • Residence of HE The Ambassador of Germany to Japan

E-commerce in Japan

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • Wednesday April 10, 2002
  • 8:00-9:30am
  • Chicago O’Hare Airport Conference Center
  • Asia/Pacific – Midwest Business Conference
  • organized by the US Department of Commerce and the Illinois District Export Council

i-Mode – and business models for mobile communications – full day workshop for telecom executives and investors

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • March 21, 2002
  • Full day: 10:00 – 18:00 followed by dinner reception
  • Hotel Metropolitan, Lisboa, Portugal
  • organized by Seminario Internacional Prisma.
  • Attendance: about 50 executives from Portugal’s telecom operators, major consulting firms, and IT professionals

Physics in industry – perspectives from Japan (Plenary lecture)

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • Thursday, September 9th, 1999
  • 11:50-12:30 (Invited plenary talk, 40 mins)
  • London
  • 11th General Conference of the European Physical Society : EPS-11 : Trends in Physics

Spin-polarized Electrons in Semiconductors and in Mesoscopic Devices (Special Invited Lecture Nr. 2pF5)

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • Tuesday 2nd April 1996
  • 15:15-16:05 (50 minutes incl. discussion)
  • Kanazawa-University, Lecture-Room F
  • Spring Meeting of the Japanese Physical Society in Kanazawa

Cross-Cultural Communication” (In Japanese Language)

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • Monday 22 January 1996
  • 18:00-20:00, followed by buffet reception
  • German Chamber of Commerce in Tokyo, (Deutsche Industrie und Handelskammer in Japan DIHKJ)
  • Audience: Japanese Executives of German and Japanese Companies

Electron Spin Effects in Semiconductors: Spin Relaxation, Spin-Effects on the Bandstructure, Possible Device Applications

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • Friday 6 October 1995
  • 13.30
  • Institute of Industrial Science, Univ. Tokyo

Development of novel electronic, opto-electronic and magneto-electronic devices and research trends in Japan in semiconductors”

  • Entwicklung neuartiger elektronischer, opto-elektronischer und magneto-elektronischer Bauelemente und Forschungstrends in Japan auf dem Gebiet der Halbleiter
  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • Monday 18 September 1995, 18.00
  • German Embassy Tokyo
  • Technology Seminar Series

Blue light emitters for displays, data storage, and traffic signals – Recent breakthroughs by Nichia Chemical Industries Ltd., background & implications

  • Speaker: Gerhard Fasol
  • Wednesday 2 August, 1995, 4PM
  • Asian Technology Information Program (ATIP), Tokyo

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