LANGUAGE

LANGUAGE

English in Japan It is possible to get by in Japan without any knowledge of Japanese, as signs, (information) booklets etc. in major cities are usually available in English. However, any situations where you require more information or a consultation might pose a problem, as doctors, bank staff, train conductors,…

EDUCATION

EDUCATION

Whether you’ll be bringing over your family when you move to Japan or you’re just planning to hire Japanese local staff for your business, it can be beneficial to learn a thing or two about Japan’s education system and the standard of education they receive. Public Education System The Japanese…

INTERVIEWS

INTERVIEWS

An interview with Chris Kirkland, co-founder of Tokyo Cheapo – ‘the ultimate guide to Tokyo’ – https://tokyocheapo.com. We have some inspiring success stories of non-Japanese businesses and want to share their experiences with you. Tell me a bit about Tokyo Cheapo. Tokyo Cheapo is a guide to Tokyo, covering everything…

FINANCE

FINANCE

Managing Your Finances There are two elements to a business’s finances: the start-up fund (i.e. capital) and purpose (profit). If you are starting up a shop on the street, you will need to have enough start-up capital to cover both the deposit for the commercial lease and to be able…

RECENT INVESTMENT

RECENT INVESTMENT

Who Invested in Japan recently? The UK-based Legatum Institute ranked Japan as the 22nd most prosperous country in the world in 2015. The most prosperous country according to their report is Sweden, followed by Denmark in 2nd and Switzerland in 3rd. The UK is ranked 6th, the USA is 11th,…

IDEAS

IDEAS

Business Ideas The cynical may say there is nothing new under the sun, that anybody can have good business ideas, or that there are more important things to a business such as creating a sustainable system, getting funds or developing skills. Regardless of what they say, good ideas can open…