Category: Japan

“Losing is winning”

It’s ok to lose some competitions. Every battle is not worth fighting for. I’ve seen a recent spate of successful people pass away well before their time, not from accidents, but from illnesses like cancer. Almost all were fierce competitors who led stressful lives….

Empathy

A culture of empathy makes Japan a bit more frictionless than most countries. Omoiyari or empathy is a minimal expectation, not something which needs to be taught or enforced.

一期一会

This Japanese expression meaning “one life, one encounter” is a favorite. Time flies, but memories can be made to last. Behavioral psychology points to the younger population choosing experiences over things. How do we keep up in the business world? I’ve learned that treating…

Saving High Speed Rail

If you are always on the go, yet like to connect with people the old fashioned way, trains offer serendipity through communal dining spaces. I’ve had cool experiences on trains across Japan, India, Canada, and Europe while making a few friends along the way….

Building a Tech company like Sony

Sony is not what it used to be. Japan, Inc. is relevant, but no longer a powerhouse. Old school rarely gets noticed in this age of warp speed. John Nathan’s story of Sony is a cautionary tale but also highlights conscientious leadership. Sony might…

The problem with social media

What’s the point of connecting in the first place?

Four Keys to Understand Japanese Culture

A recent talk shared by entrepreneur friend Ted Katagi in Tokyo. Good tips for anyone who’s new to Japan or has a desire to live there.