Jun 27, 2015

Chinese companies with no heir apparent

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Wang Jianlin, chairman of Dalian Wanda Group and China’s richest man, has just one child, 27-year-old Wang Sicong. That would seem to make the question of succession at the privately held Wanda a simple matter. The problem is, the younger Wang — a notorious ...

Apr 30, 2015

China rhetoric emboldens business critics

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Private entrepreneurs in China are voicing unprecedented criticism of government, encouraged by policies and rhetoric from Beijing emphasizing support for the most productive sectors of the economy. In the past two weeks, Premier Li Keqiang has exhorted Chinese banks to cut their fees and ...

Apr 29, 2015

Swedish Embassy honors entrepreneurs

Six entrepreneurs — four Japanese and one each from Hong Kong and the United States — were given awards for their innovative achievements in a ceremony at the Swedish Embassy in Tokyo this week. At the fifth annual ceremony held Monday, six special prizes ...

Seminars on launching startups gain traction

Mar 6, 2015

Seminars on launching startups gain traction

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Defying data showing a disappointingly low level of entrepreneurship in Japan, seminars aimed at fostering people who start their own firms are proving popular. The events have drawn attention from government officials, academics and corporate executives eager to spark entrepreneurship as Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Jan 7, 2015

Japanese space tourist training for spot on ISS

A Japanese entrepreneur plans to train as a cosmonaut in Russia for a possible mission to the International Space Station. Space tourist Satoshi Takamatsu will fly in the event that another tourist cannot make it: British singer Sarah Brightman. Takamatsu, 51, is president of ...

E-commerce allows entrepreneurs to flourish outside big cities

Dec 27, 2014

E-commerce allows entrepreneurs to flourish outside big cities

Growing numbers of business ventures are setting up in rural towns and cities as the Internet negates the problems of geographic isolation. “We experience no disadvantages despite being far from Tokyo, as we can communicate with our customers via the Internet,” said Shinji Hamauzu, ...

Teen, inspired by SoftBank's Son, builds a startup

Oct 14, 2014

Teen, inspired by SoftBank's Son, builds a startup

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Yoichiro Mikami wanted to be the next Masayoshi Son, Japan’s second-richest man, so he dropped out of high school at 16 this year. Now he’s devoting all his time to Gnex Ltd., a crowdfunding firm backed by six sponsors, including Son’s Yahoo Japan Inc. ...