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Valentine’s Day and White DayNippon.com Staff

Valentine’s Day in Japan has come to represent something rather different from established Western takes on the occasion. On February 14 and its sister celebration a month later, “White Day,” the thoughts of many across the nation turn to one thing: chocolate.
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Japanese Companies Looking Outside the Fold for Executive TalentMori Kazuo

Recent moves by high-profile Japanese corporations to bring in outsiders to serve as chief executive are being hailed as a major shift from the longstanding Japanese tradition of promoting corporate executives from within. What is driving these unconventional appointments, and what are their chances for long-term success in Japan’s deeply entrenched business culture?
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Leading the World in Longevity: Japanese Firms in Business for a Century or MoreFunabashi Haruo

Japan is home to many businesses that are at least a century old, and many that are much older. Most are family firms that have been nurtured, developed, preserved, and passed on within a single clan. Funabashi Haruo, president of the Sirius Institute think tank, examines this phenomenon and the factors underlying it.
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New Challenges as the J. League Turns 20Chūbachi Shin’ichi

They may have been the lost decades for Japan’s economy, but the last 20 years have brought remarkable progress for the J. League. Chūbachi Shin’ichi, a senior writer for the Asahi Shimbun, discusses the key factors behind the soccer league’s success and what it must do to advance in the future.
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SoftBank’s Son Masayoshi Aims to be Number OneIshikawa Tsutsumu

In October 2012, SoftBank’s President Son Masayoshi announced the company’s plan to acquire Sprint Nextel, the number-three wireless carrier in the United States. The deal is an integral piece of Son’s strategy to turn SoftBank into the world’s leading telecommunications corporation. Ishikawa Tsutsumu analyzes this strategy and the challenges ahead.
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Japanese Companies Will Be Tested in 2013Hirai Takashi

Generally speaking, Japanese companies can be expected to perform robustly in 2013, for several reasons. First, the domestic business climate is likely to be favorable. The Liberal Democratic Party has returned to power, and while on the political front it must concentrate on the summer election for the House of Councillors, it plans to vigorously implement measures to stimulate the economy. The …
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What the Sharp-Foxconn Tie-up SuggestsSatō Yukihito

A Taiwanese company rescues a renowned Japanese manufacturer? This would have been inconceivable in the past, but it makes perfect sense in today’s electronics industry. It is Foxconn of Taiwan that may step in to bail out Japan’s Sharp Corp. Here Satō Yukihito, a researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, analyzes this development.
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“Anime” and “Manga” Take Root in ChinaKobayashi Sayuri

Japanese subculture is surprisingly popular in China these days, particularly anime and manga. This article sheds some light on what’s driving this popularity.
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Abe Shinzō’s Comeback and Japan’s Outbound M&ATaniguchi Tomohiko

Apparently, someone has taken the time to count all the Japanese books with titles alluding in some way to the “ruin” of Japan—and the number of such titles is astounding. I recall that this same person wrote that, with all of these dire predictions about Japan’s future, it is strange that the country has managed to survive, nevertheless. Perhaps as a result of this habit of viewing Japan’s prosp…
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