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Our Columnists

Japan Industry News is partnering with an attractive panel of experts to bring you regular insights on topics that are relevant to anyone doing business with Japan’s industries.

If you would like to read about a particular topic, please let us know at contact@japanindustrynews.com. We will be glad to work with our columnists to match your interest.

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Harold Archer

Harold Archer

Harold Archer is a Project Manager at Toyota Motor Corporation. He is currently responsible for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing 5 Continents Drive Project from the 2014 Australia start and driving to the Olympics, Paralympics Tokyo 2020 goal. He calls himself a “bike and car guy” and likes anything that moves.

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Stefan Borst

Stefan Borst

Stefan Borst is one of the co-founders and Partners at IDA Group, and a seasoned expert in strategic communication. A lawyer by training, he has accumulated over a decade of experience as a professional journalist for several renowned magazines in Germany and abroad.

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Research Associations Dr. Lorenz Granrath

Dr. Lorenz Granrath

The results of Japanese innovative capabilities are world famous. Industrial R&D in Japan certainly is a topic no one can ignore in our innovation-driven world, yet seen from the outside, there are many questions. Dr. Lorenz Granrath advises the executive board of the Japanese National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). As a renowned expert at the crossroads between industry and research, he writes to give answers to these questions.

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Martin Koelling

As a long-term resident of Japan and East Asia Correspondent of Handelsblatt, Germany’s leading business newspaper, Martin Koelling writes with a sharp eye about current trends in Japanese manufacturing, innovation and industry-focused technology.

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Hans-Peter Musahl

Hans-Peter Musahl

Getting taxation and accounting right when operating in a foreign country can be of existential importance for your business. This is especially true if the country is Japan and information in English is comparatively scarce. Hans-Peter Musahl, tax partner at Ernst & Young in Tokyo, writes to help make this important topic more accessible.

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Caylon Neely

Calyon Neely is a marketing professional with an automotive background based in Japan.

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Robert E. Peterson

Robert E. Peterson

A global marketing & communications, client management and strategic planning executive for over 40 years, Robert Peterson (Bob-san) has lived and worked in Tokyo off and on since 1982.

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Thomas Richter - IDA Group

Thomas Richter

Thomas Richter is a Senior Advisor at IDA Group with more than five years of helping business to influence decisions, shift majorities and improve their narrative at the EU level. He currently advises numerous international companies from the IT, manufacturing and chemicals sector on EU legislation, regulatory challenges and trade policy.

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Frank Schulz

Frank Schulz

People can make or break the success of a business. A long-term resident and owner of his own Executive Search firm, Frank Schulz knows the ins-and-outs in the War on Talent in Japan. He shares his insights on how to find, manage and retain the right people in this specific market.

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Problem Avoidance Environment - Dr. Reinhold O. Stapf

Dr. Reinhold O. Stapf

Japan is famous for its great service in shops and restaurants. But in B2B it is much more complex. Efficient service operations can save money and help drive sales at the same time. And like any country, Japan has its quirks. Building on his expertise, Dr. Reinhold O. Stapf, founder and president of the service institute japan k.k., will give insights how to be successful in this demanding market.

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Daichi Sugimoto

Dr. Daichi Sugimoto

Efficiently managing supply is an often-underestimated driver of profitability. In Japan, procurement processes are often different, and sometimes puzzling so. Dr. Daichi Sugimoto owns a consulting firm providing advice to foreign companies in this important area.

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Employ People in Japan - Daisuke Watanabe

Daisuke Watanabe

When doing business in a foreign country, one needs to understand her laws. Running his own practice in Tokyo, Daisuke Watanabe writes to provide information that helps putting Japan’s legal system into context.

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David Willoughby hosts the Expert Column dedicated to Japanese Education at Japan Industry News

David Willoughby

Foreign companies doing business in Japan can benefit from an understanding of the education system and its impact on the selection, needs, and competencies of local employees. David Willoughby has senior education management experience in Japan and writes about the unique features of Japanese higher education and its relationship with industry.

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The Macro View

Japan Industry News is pleased to invite you to read Dr. Jochen Legewie’s highly relevant and readable blog through our homepage. With his extraordinary ability to understand and describe complex interrelations, he offers a unique perspective on Japan.

Jochen is Managing Director of the Tokyo office of strategic communications consultancy CNC. He has been living in Japan for more than 20 years and is one of the few foreign members of Keizai Doyukai, the Japanese Association of Corporate Executives. Prior to establishing CNC in Japan, Jochen was the head of Communications at Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in Tokyo.

Jochen is fluent in Japanese and author of numerous books on business and widely published in German, English and Japanese newspapers and journals. He is a regular contributor to Japan Times and The Daily Automotive News (Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun).

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