“Mr Suzuki didn’t want to be a VW employee” (Prof. Dudenhoeffer via Bloomberg) Partnerships in Japan without meeting of minds, trust, and communication don’t work by Gerhard Fasol, All Rights Reserved. 18 September 2015 On 9 December 2009, Volkswagen-CEO Mr Martin Winterkorn and Suzuki-CEO Mr Osamu Suzuki at a press conference in Tokyo announced a… Continue reading Volkswagen Suzuki divorce – lessons for partnership strategies in Japan
Hulu ends direct operations in Japan be Gerhard Fasol Continues licensing relationship with Nippon Television Network Corporation Hulu started Japan operations on August 31, 2011, and less than three years later, CEO Mike Hopkins announced in his blog the sale of Japan operations to Nippon Television Network Corporation (日本テレビ放送網株式会社). During this time, Hulu Japan had… Continue reading Hulu Japan operations sold to Nippon Television
Burberry goes direct in the world’s most important luxury market: why did Burberry not decide on less disruptive options? Sanyo-Shokai pivots from Burberry to Mackintosh and continues the valuable Black Label and Blue Label lines by Gerhard Fasol, All Rights Reserved. 18 August 2015 Burberry Japan – the start of a relationship: Sanyo Shokai started… Continue reading Burberry solves its “Japan problem”, at least for now
Fidelity: Japan market entry the patient and careful way Fidelity’s Colt to acquire KVH for YEN 18.595 billion (€ 130.3 million = US$ 160 million) Both Colt and KVH were founded with investments by Fidelity Investments and associated companies, Colt in London in 1992, and KVH in 1999 in Tokyo, as telecommunications service providers for… Continue reading Fidelity Japan market entry into Japan’s cloud and data center markets via KVH
What can we learn from Vodafone’s failure in Japan? by Gerhard Fasol Had Vodafone been successful in Japan, Vodafone’s Japan business could be worth € 40 billion (US$ 50 billion) today In a separate blog post “EU-Japan Management: What is the value of good management?” we analyze what the value of Vodafone’s Japan business might… Continue reading Vodafone Japan could have been a business worth US$ 50 billion today! Why did Vodafone Japan fail and sell to SoftBank?
NASDAQ and London Stock Exchange both hope to build stock markets in Japan. And both failed for similar reasons and with similar end results by Gerhard Fasol NASDA and LSE: in both cases the stock markets NASDAQ and LSE created are still continuing business in Japan after there departure Initially, London Stock Exchange and Tokyo… Continue reading NASDAQ quit Japan in 2002, and London Stock Exchange quit Japan in 2012 for similar reasons. Read why.
It’s not all doom and gloom here in Japan. Nintendo’s sales and operating profits are rising 8.8% year-on-year. KDDI saw its net profits increasing 59% year on year. Yahoo Japan increases dividends by 22%-25% for 2008. Who are today’s winners in Japan’s IT industry? Gerhard Fasol will show us how and why some great Japanese… Continue reading Investor Club: What crisis? Meet some booming Japanese companies
Interview with Arthur Mitchell about M&A in Japan Opportunities in Japan Many see the current financial crisis as a period of unique opportunities. Several foreign companies are currently entering or seeking to expand business in Japan. At the same time, there is a wave of Japanese acquisitions abroad. Arthur Mitchell is a lawyer who has… Continue reading Mergers and Acquisitions in Japan
The Israeli company Iscar has completed the acquisition of Japanese competitor Tungaloy Corporation. Iscar acquired more than 90% of outstanding shares for around US$ 1 billion from Nomura Principal Finance Co. Iscar is the world’s second largest maker of tungsten carbide cutting tools, and competitor Tungaloy is the world’s fifth largest. Iscar is controlled by… Continue reading Iscar Ltd of Israel acquired Japanese tungsten carbide tool maker Tungaloy for US$ 1 billion