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Toshiba accounting restatements in context

July 21, 2015: Update – report of the independent 3rd party committee chaired by former Chief Prosecutor of the Tokyo High Court. Corrections amount to 2 1/2 years (31.5 months) of average annual net profits by Gerhard Fasol Sales stagnation combined with almost zero net profit of Japan’s top 8 electronics companies creates increasing pressure […]

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Japanese electronics parts makers grow, while Japan’s iconic electronics makers stagnate

by Gerhard Fasol Japan’s iconic electronics groups combined are of similar size as the economy of The Netherlands Parts makers’ sales may overtake iconic electronics groups in the near future – they have already in terms of profits In our analysis of Japan’s electronic industries we compare the top 8 iconic electronics groups with top […]

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Japan Exchange Group CEO Atsushi Saito: proud of Corporate Governance achievements, but ashamed of Toshiba

New Dimensions of Japanese Financial Market Only with freedom and democracy, the values of open society and professionalism can the investment chain function effectively The iconic leader of the Tokyo Stock Exchange since 2007, now Group CEO of the Japan Exchange Group gave a Press Conference at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan on June […]

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Japan top grossing smartphone apps

5 top listed smartphone app companies have combined market cap of US$ 14 billion (excluding LINE) LINE is currently a private company and LINE’s company value is generally estimated in the US$ 10-15 billion range, so if we include LINE, the combined market value of Japan’s top 5 smartphone game companies is on the order […]

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Japan Google Play top grossing Android apps

25 Japan Google Play top grossing Android Apps of June 6, 2015 (All Categories) Japan game market report (398 pages, pdf-file) No. 1 Monster strike (by Mixi) No. 2 Puzzle & Dragons by GungHo No. 3「LINE: ディズニーツムツム」LINE Disney tsumu tsumu (by LINE Corporation & Disney) No. 4「白猫プロジェクト」”White Cat project” by COLOPL Inc. No. 5 「剣と魔法のログレスいにしえの女神・人気の本格オンラインRPG」Sword […]

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Japan iOS App store 25 top grossing

25 Top Grossing iPhone Apps of June 6, 2015 (All Categories) No. 1 Monster strike (by Mixi) No. 2 Puzzle & Dragons by GungHo No. 3 FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper by DeNA No. 4 LINE by LINE Corporation No. 5「実況パワフルプロ野球」”Actual powerful pro base ball” by KONAMI No. 6「LINE: ディズニーツムツム」LINE Disney tsumu tsumu (by LINE Corporation […]

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Smartphone games disrupt Japanese video game industry

24 new listed smartphone game companies achieve net income twice as high as all top 8 traditional video game companies combined Its not just Nintendo being disrupted, its the whole Japanese video games industry In the most recent version of our report on Japan’s game industry, we added 24 publicly listed new smartphone game companies […]

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Nintendo smartphone pivot?!

Nintendo partners with DeNA Taking Nintendo intellectual property and characters to smartphones Nintendo was founded on September 23, 1889 by Fujasiro Yamauchi in Kyoto for the production of handmade “hanafuda” cards. Nintendo Headquarters are still located in Kyoto (you can see the Nintendo headquarters building from the Kyoto railway station). The Chinese characters used to […]

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Sir Stephen Gomersall: Globalization and the art of tea

by Hitachi Chief Executive for Europe and subsequently Hitachi Board Director (2004-2014) Sir Stephen Gomersall: Princess Chichibu Memorial Lecture to the Japan British Society at Ueno Gakuen, Tokyo, 5 March 2015 Sir Stephen Gomersall: It is a great honour to be giving this lecture this evening. HIH Princess Chichibu was a charming and broad-minded Patron […]

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Crisis leadership post-Fukushima: Dr. Chuck Casto

Global leadership in the extreme Dr Chuck Casto: Leader of the US Integrated Government and NRC efforts in Japan during the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011 I don’t think that there is anyone with deeper insight into the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi nuclear disaster, its management, causes and consequences, than Dr. Chuck Casto. Dr Casto arrived in Japan […]

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Angela Merkel in Japan to discuss renewable energy

German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel in Japan March 9-10, 2015 Hopes for Japan and Germany share at least part of the path to renewable energy Germany’s Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Physicist with a PhD (Chancellor Angela Merkel’s PhD thesis is available here) and several scientific publications to her credit, visits Tokyo today Monday 9 March […]

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Japanese acquisitions in Europe total € 6 billion in 2015

Overcoming Japan’s “Galapagos syndrome” Globalizing Japan’s high-tech industries At the Bank of Kyoto’s New Year celebration meeting, Japan’s stagnation and need for globalization were center of discussion – despite focus on globalization, the present author was more or less the only non-Japanese invited and attending(!). The Chairman of Japan’s Industry Federation KEIDANREN, Mr Sakakibara (Chairman […]

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i-Mode was launched February 22, 1999 in Tokyo – birth of mobile internet

The mobile internet was born 16 years ago in Japan Galapagos-Syndrome: NTT Docomo failed to capture global value On February 22, 1999, the mobile internet was born when Mari Matsunaga, Takeshi Natsuno and Keiichi Enoki launched Docomo’s i-Mode to a handful of people who had made the effort to the Press Conference introducing Docomo’s new […]

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Google Play Japan – top grossing Android Apps ranking

Android smart phone apps ranking in Japan by gross revenues (Feb. 18, 2015) Japan game market report (398 pages, pdf-file) AppAnnie showed that in terms of combined iOS AppStore + Google Play revenues, Japan is No. 1 globally, spending more than the USA. Therefore Japan is naturally the No. 1 target globally for many mobile […]

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Japan smartphone app rankings by cash revenue (iOS)

Top grossing app ranking (Feb. 10, 2015) AppAnnie showed that in terms of combined iOS AppStore + Google Play revenues, Japan is No. 1 globally, spending more than the USA. Therefore Japan is naturally the No. 1 target globally for many mobile game companies, and quite a few of the top grossing apps in Japan […]

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Japan in 2015 – analysis

Thoughts and analysis for 2015 Abenomics?! The trick of course is the third arrow, the reforms. Read what Professor Takeo Hoshi has to say about Abenomics, Japanese economist, who has worked his way up US Universities, and has now reached the position of Professor of Economics at Stanford University. By the way, here is my […]

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EU Japan FTA

Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Preparations: EU Japan FTA trade negotiations initiated: At the 20th EU-Japan Summit of May 2011 the EU and Japan decided to start preparations for both a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a political framework agreement (Economic Partnership Agreement, EPA). For updates and further details see: http://eu-japan.com/eu-japan-agreements/eu-japan-trade-negotiations/ […]

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Nuclear safety – Niigata Governor Hirohiko Izumida

“Japan needs to prepare fourth level and fifth level defense-in-depth to nuclear accidents” Record, summary and commentary by Gerhard Fasol Governor Hirohiko Izumida: “Nuclear power operating companies should have their headquarters at the nuclear power plant in order to immediately take responsibility and respond.” Governor Hirohiko Izumida (泉田裕彦) is elected by the 2.3 million people […]

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Shuji Nakamura: did he invent the blue GaN LED alone and other questions. An Interview.

Interview for the Chinese Newspaper Southern Weekly about Shuji Nakamura by Gerhard Fasol The Chinese Newspaper Southern Weekly interviewed me about Shuji Nakamura’s invention of the blue LED and the background to his Nobel Prize. Here some of my answers. Read the article in Southern Weekly in Chinese language here: 【2014诺贝尔·科学】无人相信的发明 Shuji Nakamura: when he […]

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Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano win Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue LED

Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 for the blue GaN LED by Gerhard Fasol Shuji Nakamura, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano enabled the global lighting revolution The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded in equal shares to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright […]