Economics: How to get into the Japanese market – organic growth versus M&A?

Marunouchi district, the commercial district of Tokyo, and Japan's financial centre  (photo: dpa)
Marunouchi district, the commercial district of Tokyo, and Japan's financial centre (photo: dpa)

In the first of a three-part series, GIS expert Professor Dr Stefan Lippert, considers why Japan must open its doors to foreign investors and contractors and whether organic growth is the better strategy for entering this increasingly attractive but notoriously closed market.

FOR a long time, Japan was regarded as a highly attractive, but difficult-to-access market.

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Although both observations were accurate, the situation has changed considerably since the ‘lost decade’ of the 1990s when Japan’s real estate and stock market went into meltdown.

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