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Highlights: April 2008 Issue

Where Can We Find Those Rich Dentists?: The Sirona Dental Japan Story

Bensheim, Germany-based Sirona Dental Japan is a private-equity held company on a misson.  That mission is to identify rich dentists in Japan and convince them to open or re-furbish their Japan dental offices with Sirona' high-end dental chairs and equipment.  It's not an easy task, but it's one that the company's Japan chief Yuji Kuriki relishes.

Get an inside view of the dental equipment market in Japan and Sirona Dental's story.

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A Specialist Offers Advice: "Some Tips on Finding and Using Quality Japan Business Information Sources"

Decades of globalization, and Japan in many ways remains an opaque, feudal society in which still only the most established media vehicles and government organizations supply most business news, data and information. And much of that news and information appears to be accepted by broad swaths of society with a relatively uncritical eye. The first lesson about information in Japan is that it may not be as accurate, or as helpful, as it first seems.  In this specialist feature, we will tell you how to compensate for the often-inconsistent and inaccurate news and data coming from Japanese government sources and some of the best-known local providers of business information.

The Shin-Caterpillar Mitsubishi Story in Japan

Late in March, 2008, US-based construction equipment giant Caterpillar announced that, after more than forty years operating in Japan as part of a 50/50 joint venture with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), it would take control of the Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi (SCM) by having the venture purchase approximately seventeen percent of its own stock from parent MHI.  Because of the strong interest in this story, we republish our earlier inside interview with SCM's Caterpillar chief.

Japan Insight: Get the Scoop

Lone Star Funds Will Likely Pay Some Back Taxes; Lehman Has Itself to Blame In Marubeni Quarrel; More on Linc Media’s Failed Deal; Etc.

From the Editors

Japan's System is Different, Neither Worse Nor Better

Plus much more...

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