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Highlights: May 2008 Issue

Making a Push to Get to Where It Already Should Be: The Siemens Japan Story

Siemens Japan's competitors in industrial controls include Fanuc, Yokogawa, Yamatake, Yaskawa and Mitsubishi Electric. In industry automation, it’s Mitsubishi, Omron, and Yokogawa. In the power business, the main competitors are Mitsubishi, Hitachi and Toshiba. In healthcare, Siemens competes with General Electric (GE), Philips and Toshiba in imaging; Roche Diagnostics, Abbott Labs, and Kobe-based Sysmex Corporation in diagnostics; and Rion, Denmark’s Oticon, and Resound, another Danish concern, in hearing aids.

"We have not made as much progress here as we have in the US or China," admits Siemens' Japan's president Peter Zapf.  So the German conglomerate is trying to catch up to where it should be in Japan by focusing on its best businesses, and by partnering with others who are innovating in new areas such as hospital information systems.

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Adding Japan's Mass Affluent to the Mix: The HSBC Japan Story

Another global giant that seeks to grow its tiny Japan business is UK-based banking giant HSBC.   Beyond its strategy to focus on emerging markets and Japan's growing links with Asia, the Middle East and Africa, the firm is also plunging into the mass affluent consumer market, too.

But here it faces intense competition from global and local institutions including Shinsei, Merrill Lynch and Mitsubishi UFJ.  HSBC's Japan chief discusses HSBC's wide array of Japan businesses and the secrets behind one of the most-successful, in this in-depth profile.

A Specialist Offers Advice: "Selections from the Best Academic Research on Japan's Companies and Industries" (Part One)

In this first of a two-part "A Specialist Offers Advice" section, we present excerpts from a select group of the more thought-provoking academic papers recently published on Japan business topics by scholars all over the world.  Most contain well-documented research into issues we know to be of interest to you, our subscribers.  Included in this issue: Japan's Videogame Industry; The Changing Role of Youth and Women in Consumer Culture; Innovative Products for the Elderly; The Automotive Supply Chain; Changing Japanese Human Resources Practices; and Entrepreneurship in Japan.

Japan Insight: Get the Scoop

Goldman Sachs Builds a Keiretsu in Japan; Mangajin Still Available; Etc.

From the Editors

Many Lakes, Yet Japan Must Do More About Fresh Water

Plus much more...

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