Steve Jobs and SONY: why do Steven Jobs and SONY reach opposite answers to the same question: what to do with history?

Steve Jobs and SONY: why 180 degrees opposite decisions? Steve Jobs donates history to Stanford University in order to focus on the future Steve Jobs and SONY – when Steve Jobs when returned to Apple in 1996, and now SONY are faced with the same question: what to do about corporate archives and the corporate […]

Japan Galapagos effect (Galapagos syndrome)

Japan Galapagos effect Globalizing Japan On the Galapagos islands, Charles Darwin noticed a number of species which were extremely beautiful, had evolved on the Galapagos islands locally, and were not able to live anywhere else. Similarly, due to language, culture, comparatively small interchange between Japan’s markets and foreign markets, some technologies and some products evolved […]

NEC revenues shrink from YEN 5000 billion in 1998 to YEN 3000 billion in 2012

NEC is one of NTT’s traditional four equipment suppliers NEC is one of NTT’s traditional suppliers of telecom equipment, and one of Japan’s flagship electronics companies. In the early days of the PC age, NEC dominated Japan’s PC market with the 98 series of PC, which had a NEC-proprietary variation of MicroSoft’s MS-DOS operating system. […]

How to turn Galapagos into a competitive advantage in both directions

Positive and negative aspects of Japan’s Galapagos issues European Institute of Japanese Studies Academy Seminars presents Speaker: Dr. Gerhard Fasol, President, Eurotechnology Japan K.K. Wednesday, June 13, 2012 18:30 – 21:00 Embassy of Sweden, Alfred Nobel Auditorium Stockholm School of Economics, European Institute of Japanese Studies About the talk: In the last 20 years, several […]

Japan’s Galapagos effect on market caps

Japan’s electronics giants market caps are remarkably low General Electric’s market cap is about 13 times higher that of Hitachi Some of Japan’s electrical corporations have remarkably low market capitalizations: General Electric has 1.6 x more sales than Hitachi, but has 13.3 x the market capitalization. Philips has 1/3 x Hitachi’s sales, but has 2.2 […]

Post-Galapagos Japan? – globalizing Japan’s fantastic technologies…

Japan Galapagos effect: “Why do Japanese companies make so beautiful mobile phones with fantastic functions, and have almost no global market share?” I asked this question back in 2003 to NTT-DoCoMo’s CEO Dr. Tachikawa (see my article “Leadership questions of the week” in Wallstreet Journal of June 12, 2006, page 31), and offered several proposals […]

Japan electronics groups: global benchmarking

Japan electronics groups have far lower income/profits than EU or US comparable corporations Ripe for drastic reform and transformation: 18 years no growth and almost no profits Lets look at global benchmarking of Japan’s top electrical groups Panasonic and Hitachi (representative of Japan’s top ten electrical giants) – in our previous blog we suggested that […]

Does the "not-invented-here" syndrome slow down the development of mobile internet and mobile content outside Japan?

It is well known that mobile internet, mobile payments and mobile content business and many other areas of mobile broadband are much more developed in Japan and South Korea than in other countries. NOKIA and Vodafone and some other western mobile phone companies had the opportunity to take part in Japan’s mobile payment systems, mobile […]

u-Japan and Japan’s Mobile Phone Industry

u-Japan follows i-Japan and e-Japan to take Japan to the forefront of global IT developments Presentation at the EU-Japan Center for Industrial Cooperation, 12 October 2006 Title: “Japan’s Mobile Phone Industry and u-Japan” Date and Time: Thursday, 12th October 2006, 17:00-19:00 Location (tentative, please check closer to the date for changes): Main Conference Room 4F, […]

Why are keitai so hot in Japan?

Innovations in Japan’s mobile phone sector Why is Japan’s telecommunications sector leading? Seminar announcement The European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS Academy in Tokyo) of the Stockholm School of Economics will hold a seminar in Tokyo-Marunochi on Thursday, February 16, 2006: Topic: “Why are Mobile Phones (Keitai) so hot in Japan? – and How European […]

New opportunities versus old mistakes: Foreign companies in Japan’s high-tech markets

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