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TAKING THE LEAD

Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Jan 6, 2019
Changing times: Seiko eyes global luxury watch market as CEO takes iconic firm in a new direction
The executive floor at Seiko Holdings Corp. in Tokyo's posh Ginza district is a piece of history unto itself — the chambers have remained the same for almost a century. If these walls and museum-worthy carved moldings could speak, they would perhaps wax poetic about how Seiko evolved from a watch and jewelry shop founded by Kintaro Hattori in 1881 into one of Japan's most iconic wristwatch and clock manufacturers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Nov 13, 2018
Successful Japanese communications entrepreneur sets sights on renewable energy race
If it wasn't for Sachio Semmoto, the landscape of Japan's communications industry would look different today.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Oct 10, 2018
Jins' new vision: Glasses as wearable smart devices
When he senses a business opportunity, Hitoshi Tanaka bets big and does everything he can do to make sure the initiative bears fruit.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Sep 17, 2018
For Lifull president Takashi Inoue, emerging tech and a touch of altruism are key to success
Takashi Inoue wants to transform his company, Lifull Co., into a one-stop shop for important lifestyle goods and services, where customers don't just make purchases but are able to get information about what they are buying as well.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Aug 19, 2018
Monex chief sees cryptocurrency future for finance industry
In 1999 former Goldman Sachs investment banker Oki Matsumoto launched an online brokerage with some clear goals in mind: to create an ideal future for personal finance and to encourage Japanese who are hoarding their savings to actively invest.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Jul 15, 2018
NewsPicks founder Yusuke Umeda aims to lead business news into social media age
Five years ago, Yusuke Umeda was in search of a media industry business model strong enough to survive a difficult time in journalism.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Apr 15, 2018
Hands-on Toyota exec passes down monozukuri spirit
Mitsuru Kawai drops by a bathhouse for factory workers at Toyota Motor's headquarters in Aichi Prefecture each day before work.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Apr 1, 2018
Zozotown founder Yusaku Maezawa follows eclectic path
Andy Warhol's iconic Campbell's Soup cans, a painting by Takashi Murakami and a word sculpture by Jack Pierson are some of the pieces decorating the head office of Start Today Co., operator of Japan's largest online fashion mall, Zozotown.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Mar 22, 2018
Lawson chief bets on health, tech as future of convenience
Back in 2014, Sadanobu Takemasu was asked by his boss to go to Lawson, the convenience store chain known for its white milk can logo on a blue signboard.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Feb 5, 2018
Fast Retailing Co. President Tadashi Yanai says Asia key to making firm global industry leader
Tadashi Yanai — head of the clothing giant Fast Retailing Co., which runs the popular Uniqlo casual wear brand — may be in the later stages of his career as a business manager, but he has no plans to take it easy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Jan 14, 2018
Japan Post chief sees bright future beyond mail services
Even for Masatsugu Nagato, an experienced business executive who has worked in prominent companies, making Japan Post Holdings Co. stand on its own two feet as a private company comes as a daunting challenge.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Dec 17, 2017
Mori Building chief serious about creating a better Tokyo
Making Tokyo a more attractive and competitive metropolis sounds more like a policy than a business strategy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Dec 3, 2017
Uuum CEO thrives helping YouTubers focus on what they do best
Kazuki Kamada lives the life he loves — just like the over 4,000 fellow YouTube creators he works with.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Taking the Lead
Nov 17, 2017
Yoshihiko Miyauchi, Orix ex-CEO and former head of deregulation panel, knows what it takes to change Japan
Yoshihiko Miyauchi, 82, may not be your average business leader.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Nov 5, 2017
Yoshiharu Hoshino: Inn innovator's winning formula born from bubble's crash
Yoshiharu Hoshino describes his experience taking over the reins of his century-old family business in 1991 as a "hard landing."
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Oct 16, 2017
Ippudo ramen chain credits its global success to localized tastes
Toshiyuki Kiyomiya likes to compare ramen to a carefully arranged universe in a bowl.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Taking the Lead
Oct 1, 2017
Online research firm aims to break Japanese mold with global market quest
Market analysts say Japanese internet firms rarely succeed overseas, and there haven't been many who have proven them wrong so far.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies / Taking the Lead
Sep 3, 2017
Line CEO Takeshi Idezawa hears voices guiding smartphones evolution
Since its messaging app debuted in June 2011, Line Corp. has shaken up the online communications landscape in Japan and morphed into a player in smartphone communications infrastructure.

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