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Despite its traditional pro-nuclear stance, Japan’s ruling Liberal-Democratic Party is serious about boosting renewable energy. But as the country becomes the world’s largest solar energy market, Tokyo has yet to commit to a detailed energy strategy. This indicates a high level of uncertainty among government and business elites in the wake of the Fukushima disaste...
Dr. Stefan Lippert
Masayoshi Son, the head of Japan’s SoftBank Corp, is once again attempting to expand his company in a move which some observers believe is fraught with risk. But risk is what Mr Son is all about, and is what he says has propelled him from his very humble beginning to one of the wealthiest men in the country.
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Japan’s dash for alternative energy puts it in direct competition with China. Its research and development skills put it in a strong position; Japanese companies are producing ever more efficient solar cells. Large-scale solar plants are being built across the nation and some business leaders believe a supergrid – an international electricity network – could one da...
Four major Japanese industrial firms had foreign chief executives in 2011. Only one is still in office. Each has found it difficult to integrate the Japanese and international operations, and adjust to local management practices. The new trend is towards a resource-based strategy and the key resource is ‘Japaneseness’, especially the high level of skill and will of...
In the third and final part of this series of special reports, Professor Dr Stefan Lippert looks at how European countries can participate effectively in the Japanese market and how best to conclude an effective and successful mergers and acquisitions integration.
HOW can European countries participate more effectively in...