By: Megumi Fujikawa, Preetika Rana & Wayne Ma June 22, 2016
By: Megumi Fujikawa, Preetika Rana & Wayne Ma June 22, 2016
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Japan, investments – ““I think what Mr. Abe needs to do is actually to be a bit more realistic about the difficulty of getting things done in Japan or any country or any big organization,” said Fidelity Worldwide Investment head of equities for Japan, Alexander Treves, who oversees about $23 billion of Japanese investments.”
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“Conspicuous consumption by the world’s rising consumer class is fueling rapid growth outside the luxury category’s traditional territories…”
Japan, China, Asia– ” . . .a cyclical trend showing that when the economy is strong, people consume a lot more luxury goods. You probably saw an effect of this when currency reforms and monetary easing policies spearheaded by Shinzo Abe, the current Prime Minister of Japan, got people excited about the Japanese economy earlier in 2013. It actually triggered a spike in consumption of luxury goods. The yen weakened so much that consumers knew the prices of luxury goods were about to go up a lot, so there was a sudden burst of opportunistic consumption to take advantage of it. For example, the number of Ferraris sold in the first quarter of 2013 was the highest it has been in nearly 16 years. That’s partly related to the exchange rate, and also related to the fact that people expect the economy to be stronger. – The “golden age” for luxury goods is when people buy luxury goods for status. That’s where China is right now. That growth eventually has to slow down, but as one region’s economy slows there will be other economies entering this fast-growth phase. Right now it’s Asia— specifically northern Asia—but then it will be Southeast Asia, and then in 10 or 20 years it might be Africa. Declining growth in one region doesn’t signal a death knell for any luxury brand, but the interesting question remains, “How do you sell luxury and keep growing it in a post-industrial society?” Until someone figures out the answer, it means that brands will have to take share from their competitors in other regions, and that’s why you’ll continue to see companies expanding and relocating to other countries and regions. “
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Abenomics as feminism
curated to GIBS Bog Blog, July –
“Japan desperately needs more workers to offset its elderly overhang, boost productivity and pay more taxes. The workforce might also be more competitive if, say, more than 1.6% of executives at listed Japanese companies were women, as the FT reports. And though women have fewer jobs and earn much less than men, they tend to control the purse strings more than men, and according to Goldman (pdf), their spending has stayed more constant during the downturn. Here’s a look at the IMF projections of how female labor participation could boost GDP (“Northern Europe” female labor participation is around 80%)”
See on www.theatlantic.com
Nigeria Seeks Japan’s Support for Power, Infrastructure Development – AllAfrica.com
“For African countries, including Nigeria, to achieve a sustainable growth, it is imperative that agriculture be developed across the value chain.
Nigeria – Japan, infrastructure development
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Channel News Asia Sirleaf Urges Japanese Investors to Explore Liberia, Africa’s Vast Potential AllAfrica.com With Japan’s long history of partnership, of doing business in Africa, the Liberian President said, that tradition could now have a…
Japan – doing business in Africa
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We are the proud recipients of a donation from the Read Japan Book Donation Project – a project initiated by the Japanese Embassy in South Africa.
The Read Japan Book Donation project is an initiative from The Nippon Foundation. Through this program books about contemporary Japan are donated to libraries around the world. The initial donation is called, “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan” – 100 books, selected by a committee of Japanese and foreign scholars, journalists etc., covering five categories, politics & international relations, economy & business, society & culture, literature & arts, and history.
Visitors are welcome to come and browse our small, but growing collection.
GIBS students and staff may borrow books from this collection.
Some of the titles available in the collection:
Hello Google ! Again with the learning to lead option . . .
Posted: 04 Apr 2011 01:38 PM PDT
This is the latest post in our series profiling entrepreneurial Googlers working on products across the company and around the world. Speed in execution is important for any Google product team, but as we learned after the recent earthquakes in both Japan and New Zealand, it’s even more critical in crisis response. This post is an inside look at the efforts of our year-old Crisis Response team, and what they’re doing to make preparedness tools available to anyone at the click of a button. – Ed.The Google Crisis Response Team came together in 2010 after a few engineers and I realized that we needed a scalable way to make disaster-related information immediately available and useful in a crisis. Until a little over a year ago, we responded to crises with scattered 20 percent time projects, but after the Haiti earthquake in January 2010 we saw the opportunity to create a full-time team that would make critical information more accessible during disaster situations. For us to help during a crisis, it’s vital to get things done really quickly, and we’ve been able to do that as a small team within Google. Working from a standard already developed by one of the Google engineers, Person Finder was built and launched in 72 hours after the Haitian earthquake, and it launched within three hours after the New Zealand earthquake in February. Unfortunately, there have been an unusually high number of disasters over the last year, forcing us to learn and get even faster. Within minutes of hearing about the 9.0 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Japan in March, Googlers around the world—from engineers to webmasters to product managers—immediately started organizing a Google Crisis Response resource page with disaster-related information such as maps and satellite imagery, Person Finder and news updates and citizen videos on YouTube. In Japan, Person Finder went live within an hour of the earthquake. More than 600,000 contact entries have been made since then—more than all other disasters combined—and there have been several reports of people finding their loved ones safe. I was inspired by my colleagues’ ability to launch tools about an hour after the earthquake struck; the Tokyo office, in particular, has really been helping to drive the rapid response and provided real-time information to teams across the globe, even while aftershocks were rocking the city and buildings were still swaying.
But we’re eager to find other ways of helping. In addition to these efforts focused on specific situations, we’ve worked hard this past year to more broadly organize the information most helpful during crisis situations and make it possible for people to use that data in near real-time. If people are asking for information, then in our view, it’s already too late. In these situations, it’s incredibly important that things happen fast.So in addition to building products, we collaborate with many incredible organizations to make technology useful for responding to a crisis. For example, Random Hacks of Kindness is a collaboration between technology companies and government organizations which encourages teams around the world to create software solutions to problems that arise during a crisis. Recent “RHoKstars” have created all sorts of useful tools—from HeightCatcher, which helps identify malnourishment of children in relief camps by accurately assessing height and weight through a mobile device, to new features for Person Finder, such as email notifications, automatic translation and phonetic name matching—which have all been extremely useful in Japan. These projects present a real opportunity to improve lives by employing crowd-sourcing technology and real-time data during a crisis.