Japan’s complexities


by Gerhard Fasol

Over the last 20++ years we have gone through the complexities of Japan’s markets. We understand how you feel!

Since our foundation 1997 in Tokyo we have helped 100s of clients succeed in Japan, large global multinationals, medium sized companies, ventures, investments banks, and worked for government agencies such as the European Union and Finland’s technology investment agency TEKES.

Our Founder & CEO came first to Japan in 1984 to help build R&D cooperation with NTT, he was Manager of one of Hitachi’s R&D labs, built an international research laboratory on nano-electronics at Japan’s No. 1 University, Tokyo University, won more than US$ 1 million in Japanese government R&D funding, including an elite “Sakigake” research project, was Board Director of a stock market listed Japanese cyber security group, and is now in addition also Guest Professor at Kyushu University, building four projects.

Regulated industries including pharma, medical devices

Every country regulates industries, some countries more, some countries less.

Surprisingly maybe, there are quite a number of industry sectors which are strictly regulated in the US and in some European countries, but not in Japan.

Heavily regulated industries in Japan include of course pharma industry and medical device industries, and financial industries, and many others.

Pharma industry and medical device industries are regulated, a range of approvals are necessary by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, in some cases by local governments, and by the Governmental regulator, the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA).

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