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Highlights: May 2005 Issue

SPECIAL REPORT: Raytheon and Discovering Opportunities in Defense and Homeland Security

Although it may only be apparent to those who closely observe, new opportunities for both Japanese and foreign defense and homeland security companies are opening up across Japan.  In an exclusive look at the business of defense and homeland security in Japan, this month's Special Report focuses on some of the ways companies can position themselves to learn about new contracts from both government entities and domestic corporations.  Already foreign companies including L3 Communications and General Dynamics, among others, have been winning new business in homeland security sectors that many companies don't even recognize as possible new markets.  Companies focused on outdoor goods, apparel, sporting goods and many other consumer sectors will also find this piece eye-opening.

A Specialist Offers Advice: "A Smorgasboard of Things to Know If You're Running a Firm in Japan" (Part Two)

In Part Two of the first-ever three-part contribution to the A Specialist Offers Advice column in our history, our contributor, a long-time consultant on labor, compensation and workforce issues in Japan, focuses on administrative changes to labor laws and how they are likely to affect your Japan business.  Part Three will focus on flextime, overtime, compensation and more than a few other subjects that will be of significant interest to Japan managers whose businesses rely on a sizable and/or traditional labor force.  We encourage readers to let us know their view and thoughts on each part.

Japan Insight: Get the Scoop

In an expanded Japan Insight section this month, we profile cosmetics firm Markwins International and how its plans to distribute directly to Japanese retailers as well as sell via QVC Japan is already sending shaking up traditional distribution practices, especially at variety and warehouse stores.  We discuss the outlook for a variety of technology sectors with the head of IDG Japan, as his company prepares to launch new trade magazines for senior marketing executives and IT architects and expands into services for e-government, search engine marketers and Linux users.  Finally, we look back on Outback Steakhouse's Japan strategy with the former head of the company's Japan joint venture, who doesn't mince words in sharing his views about why he believes foreign consumer and retail companies like Wal-Mart may have a rocky time achieving real profits in Japan.  Japan Insight is where executives around the world turn for candid and objective first-hand management perspective on Japan that's not available anywhere else in print or on the web.    

From the Editors

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